While ice cold drinks are always refreshing, there is nothing quite like the warming feeling that a hot winter cocktail brings. From the classic hot toddy to a warm rum punch, give some of these cocktails a try this holiday season.
A hot toddy is a classic winter cocktail in Ireland and Scotland, and typically features whisky, hot water, lemon, honey, and some herbs and spices. Often considered to be the antidote to the winter flu, this cocktail can be modified in many ways. Rather than using whisky, give rum or brandy a try, and play around with the herbs and spices that you include, from cinnamon to cloves. For those that enjoy fruity cocktails, add a few different fruit slices to the drink along with the lemon, opting for a colorful variety to make the cocktail even more visually appealing.
Mulled wine is another classic winter cocktail, and is an easy one to make at home. Simply heat some red wine and then mix this with sugar and spices, such as cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Top this off with some orange and lemon slices, and, if you are feeling adventurous, spike this with a hit of brandy as well.
Warm Cider and Rum Punch
A warm cider and rum punch is the perfect cocktail to make if you are having a festive gathering, as it is always a crowd pleaser. In a large pot, combine apple cider, apple and orange slices, cinnamon sticks and ginger, before cooking for about five minutes. Once removed from the heat, stir in the rum and then transfer this to a punch bowl, making sure to serve it all up while it is still warm.
Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
Mint and chocolate make for a tantalizing combination, and spiking this with some tequila really adds some zing to this cocktail. Make the hot chocolate first, by mixing cocoa, sugar and salt with a melted chocolate and milk mixture, before gently whisking it together. Add some tequila, as well as some peppermint schnapps, before topping each cup with a dollop of whipped cream and a scattering of fresh mint leaves.
The Winter Julep is quite a new cocktail from Atlanta, and is not only deliciously warming, but can also be served up in a beautifully elegant manner. To begin with, brew some peppermint tea in fresh boiling water for four minutes, before removing the infuser. Add some bourbon and brown sugar syrup, which you can make in advance with dark brown sugar and boiling water, and then stir it well to ensure that it is all properly mixed together, before garnishing with a fresh sprig of mint.
Winter cocktails are the perfect way to warm up on a cold evening, and while you likely already have your favorite, these cocktails are each worth a try. From the luxuriously decadent tequila mint hot chocolate to the elegant Winter Julep, these cocktails are perfect for both an evening curled up by the fire, or for a night of entertaining friends.