2017 is here (thank god for that!) and what a year 2016’s been! And even though it’s been a supremely shitty year and that calls for some hard liquor, why settle for the same routine of bar-hopping and paying a hell lot of money on drinks when you can rustle up fancier drinks at home?
1. Mulled Wine- The perfect antidote for cold winter nights when all you want to do is curl up in bed and sip on some amazing wine! Here’s how you can make some-
- 1 1/2cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/2cup sugar
- 2cinnamon sticks
- 2pieces star anise
- 3cups dry red wine (such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 1/2cup fresh cranberries
- In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.
2. Eggnog- Christmas is past us but that doesn’t mean that you can’t binge on some good ol’ eggnog especially when you can tweak it a little bit to make your party merrier! The recipe is as follows-
- 3 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 2 2/3 c. milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. Cool Whip or Whipped Cream
- 1/2 c. spiced rum
- 1/3 c. bourbon
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Fill a larger bowl halfway with ice water. Lower the bottom of the saucepan into the ice water dish to cool the egg mixture for about 5 minutes.
- Place egg mixture in the refrigerator to chill, about 20 minutes.
- Once chilled, add whipped cream, rum and bourbon to egg mixture, stirring to combine.
- Pour into cups and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve
3. Whiskey Chai- Need we say more? Here’s how to make it-
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 20 black peppercorns
- 16 whole cloves
- 8 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp. ground ginger
- 1 freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 qt. whole milk
- ¼ c. light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. loose black tea
- 3 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey
- In spice grinder, pulse all of the spices to a powder.
- In a saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the spices, sugar and tea and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain the chai into a bowl. Wipe out the saucepan.
- Return the chai to the saucepan and rewarm over moderate heat. Stir in the whiskey and serve hot.
4. Irish Hot Chocolate- Name a more iconic pair than Hot Chocolate and a dash of Bailey’s. I’ll wait. Make some now using this recipe-
- 30ml Baileys Irish Cream
- 250ml Hot Chocolate
- 30ml Whipped Cream
- Start by pouring the Baileys into your favourite mug.
- .Follow the instructions on the packet to make up a serving of hot chocolate drink.
- Pour the hot chocolate into the mug with the Baileys and float the whipped cream on top.
5. Warm Bourbon Cider- It will quite literally warm you up from head to toe. Add this to your recipe book-
- 1 gal. fresh apple cider
- 5 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2½ tsp. ground ginger
- 3 c. bourbon
- In a stockpot, heat apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
- When mixture is hot but not boiling, remove from heat and add bourbon. Stir to distribute spices and divide cider among 20 mugs.
6. Hot Buttered Rum- Literally drooling already! Check out the recipe below-
- 1 pound butter
- 1 quart vanilla ice cream
- 1 pound brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Blend in brown sugar and confectioners’ sugar. Remove from heat, and whisk in the ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour mixture into a plastic container, seal, and freeze.
- In a coffee mug, measure 1 tablespoon Hot Buttered Rum Batter and 1 fluid ounce of rum, then fill cup with boiling water. Stir, and sprinkle top of drink with nutmeg.
7. Punch- This one’s a crowd pleaser! Here’s how you can make some for your next house party-
- 8 apples
- 5 cardamom pods
- 2 stick cinnamon
- 1 star anise
- 2 qt. pale ale
- 2 c. honey
- 10 oz. dark rum
- Peel, core, and quarter apples. Tie up cardamom, cinnamon, and star anise in a piece of cheese cloth. Place apples and wrapped spices in a large pot and add pale ale and honey. Simmer on medium-low heat for about 20 minutes; remove from heat. To serve, pour 1 ounce dark rum into a mug, then top with ale mixture.
8. Hot Toddy- Something even your parents will appreciate! Save the recipe for this one-
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 fluid ounces boiling water
- 1 slice lemon
- 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 3 whole cloves
- Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Spice it with the cloves and cinnamon, and put in the slice of lemon. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle, then sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving.
9. Hot Honey Lemon Vodka- Garam garam nimbu paani with some good old vodka! Try out the upgraded version of nimbu paani with this recipe-
- 1/2 cup honey (agave for vegans\
- 4 cups of water
- 1 lemon, zested and sliced
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- Vodka, to taste
- Add the honey, strips of lemon zest, the cinnamon stick and water to a medium pot. Stir to combine, cover and bring to a simmer.
- Simmer 30-45 minutes, or until the cinnamon flavor fully infuses the drink.
- Pour the resulting tea into glass mugs with lemon slices.
- Add vodka to taste.
10. Bloody Mary- That dash of Tabasco should give you your spice hit! Spice up your next gathering with this hit recipe-
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 dash of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ounce vodka
- 3/4 cup spicy tomato-vegetable juice cocktail
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 stalk celery
- 2 stuffed olives
- Salt the rim of a tall glass. To do so, pour salt onto a small plate, moisten the rim of the glass on a damp towel and press into the salt. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
- In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine the vodka, vegetable juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Shake vigorously and strain into the glass. Garnish with a stalk of celery and olives stuck onto a toothpick.
So, when are you having that house party?
Written by- Pratiksha Acharya