10 Cocktails to Warm You Up this Winter

January 7, 2017 - 8 minutes read

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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 1/2cups cranberry juice cocktail
  2. 1/2cup sugar
  3. 2cinnamon sticks
  4. 2pieces star anise
  5. 3cups dry red wine (such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
  6. 1/2cup fresh cranberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  2. 1/3 c. sugar
  3. 1/8 tsp. salt
  4. 2 2/3 c. milk
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. 1 c. Cool Whip or Whipped Cream
  7. 1/2 c. spiced rum
  8. 1/3 c. bourbon
  9. 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

In a large saucepan, combine eggs, sugar, salt and milk over medium heat, stirring continuously for 10-12 minutes, or until the mixture can coat the back of a spoon.

  1. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
  2. 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.
  3. Place egg mixture in the refrigerator to chill, about 20 minutes.
  4. Once chilled, add whipped cream, rum and bourbon to egg mixture, stirring to combine.
  5. Pour into cups and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve

3. Whiskey Chai-  Need we say more? Here’s how to make it-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 2 sticks of cinnamon
  2. 20 black peppercorns
  3. 16 whole cloves
  4. 8 cardamom pods
  5. 1 tsp. ground ginger
  6. 1 freshly grated nutmeg
  7. 1 qt. whole milk
  8. ¼ c. light brown sugar
  9. 1 tbsp. loose black tea
  10. 3 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey

DIRECTIONS

  1. In spice grinder, pulse all of the spices to a powder.
  2. 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.
  3. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 30ml Baileys Irish Cream
  2. 250ml Hot Chocolate
  3. 30ml Whipped Cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by pouring the Baileys into your favourite mug.
  2. .Follow the instructions on the packet to make up a serving of hot chocolate drink.
  3. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 gal. fresh apple cider
  2. 5 tsp. ground cinnamon
  3. 2½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  4. 2½ tsp. ground ginger
  5. 3 c. bourbon

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a stockpot, heat apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
  2. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 pound butter
  2. 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  3. 1 pound brown sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 8 apples
  2. 5 cardamom pods
  3. 2 stick cinnamon
  4. 1 star anise
  5. 2 qt. pale ale
  6. 2 c. honey
  7. 10 oz. dark rum

DIRECTIONS

  1. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 teaspoon honey
  2. 1 cinnamon stick
  3. 2 fluid ounces boiling water
  4. 1 slice lemon
  5. 1 1/2 fluid ounces whiskey
  6. 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  7. 3 whole cloves

DIRECTIONS

  1. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1/2 cup honey (agave for vegans\
  2. 4 cups of water
  3. 1 lemon, zested and sliced
  4. 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  5. Vodka, to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. Simmer 30-45 minutes, or until the cinnamon flavor fully infuses the drink.
  3. Pour the resulting tea into glass mugs with lemon slices.
  4. 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-

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 teaspoon sea salt
  2. 1 dash of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco)
  3. 1 cup ice cubes
  4. 1 ounce vodka
  5. 3/4 cup spicy tomato-vegetable juice cocktail
  6. 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. 1 stalk celery
  9. 2 stuffed olives

DIRECTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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