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Winter Cocktails to Warm You Up

Dec 16, 2012 06:09PM


Winter Cocktails to Warm You Up

by Lindzie St.Martin

The time of the year is often irrelevant when it comes to having cocktail hour, but with colder weather and many holiday celebrations upon us, the thought of warming up with some brandy or peppermint schnapps may have crossed your mind.  Perhaps you like to entertain a lot too, so you may want to consider the many different drink preferences of those guests you'll be catering to, and fun ways to keep it festive.  So, I've collected a few fresh new ideas that combine most all of our favorite seasonal flavors, and inspire you to create some of these warm winter cocktails that help take a little bit of the chill off!

 Cinnamon Toast

1.25 oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum

6 oz. hot apple cider

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. cinnamon

*Combine the apple cider and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum in a glass rimmed with the sugar and cinnamon.  (

Maple Toddy

1.5 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finished Whisky

0.25 oz. lemon juice

0.5 oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey and water)

1 splash hot water

1 cinnamon stick

1 piece lemon twist

*Shake all ingredients (except hot water), and pour into a glass coffee mug.  Garnish with a lemon twist spiked with cloves and a cinnamon stick.  (


Warm Eggnog Cocktail

3 ounces heated eggnog (plain, pumpkin, or cinnamon) 1/2 ounce vodka 1/2 ounce butterscotch schnapps

1 teaspoon cinnamon schnapps Cinnamon stick for garnish  (


Holy Hell

1.5 oz Monarch Hazelnut Liqueur

2 oz Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

1 tablespoon honey

3 whole cloves

Hot water to top

*Combine all ingredients in an Irish coffee mug and stir well.

Nice bit of spice, with the heat, and soothing with the hazelnut and honey.  (

Brandied White Hot Chocolate

2 cups whole milk

2 cups half-and-half cream

1/2 lb good-quality white chocolate (coarsely chop into chunks)

2 tbsp white sugar

2 tsp vanilla

2 oz brandy

*In a heavy saucepan, heat milk and cream over medium-low heat for five minutes.  Add chocolate chunks to hot milk mixture, then stir in sugar and vanilla; keep stirring, gently, until chocolate melts.  Remove from heat and stir in brandy.  Serve in pre-warmed mugs, garnished with a cinnamon stick or candy cane, if you wish.  (


Spiked Hot Chocolate

For Hot Chocolate: 1 cup whole milk 1/3 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup sugar 3-4 ounces semisweet chocolate – chopped (depends on how chocolaty you want it) 3 ounces whipped cream flavored vodka *Simmer the milk, cream and sugar together until just boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and whisk until melted.   Don't boil.  You can either mix all the whipped cream vodka into the warmed hot chocolate or add 1 1/2 ounce per cup. This recipe will make two large glasses of hot chocolate.

Top with marshmallow vodka whipped cream.


For Marshmallow Vodka Whipped Cream: 1 cup heavy cream 3 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon marshmallow flavored vodka *Whip the cream with a handheld or stand mixer. When it starts to thicken add the sugar and vodka.  Continue to whip until stiff peaks.  Peaks might be a little less than stiff if you do it by hand. (


Hot Mint Kiss

3 oz. coffee (prepared and hot)

1 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream

1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

1/2 oz. Rumple Minze

*Add Bailey's, Schnapps and Rumple Minze to coffee and stir. Can be topped with whipped cream if desired.  (


Kahlua Cafe Mocha

1 shot Vanilla Vodka

1 shot Kahlua Coffee Liquor

1 shot espresso

3/4 cup steamed hot milk

1 tbsp "Dorinda's Mocha Mix"   (

Whipped cream and cocoa powder for garnish

*If using another brand of mocha mix, adjust measurement to taste. Pour into large coffee mug and top with whipped cream.  Sprinkle with cocoa powder.  Enjoy!  (Recipe by Lindzie St.Martin)


No matter how you like your holiday toddy, it's sometimes more fun to spice up some of those old classics with a fresh new concept . Think of pairing some warm favorites, like apple cider, hot cocoa, or a "cup of Joe" with a whole new kick.  Be sure to combine your ingredients and heat them separately before adding any alcohol.  You can keep your cozy cocktail at a very low simmer in a kettle on the stove, or a crock pot, set to "warm" - also a great way to serve a large group. Or, consider mixing only the main ingredients over heat, then add that "spike" individually, as you serve them.  Most of all, don't forget to keep it festive... Rim those pretty mugs with crushed peppermint or cinnamon sugar, a dollop of marshmallow vodka whipped cream on top, or a sprinkle of nutmeg.  Any way you decide to celebrate this season, you can't go wrong by adding some spice and heating things up!!

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