The holiday season is in full swing, fabulous cocktail parties and family gatherings are happening every Friday and Saturday evening and it just might be time to take a deep breath, slow it down, lock the front door and spend an evening in the warm glow of candlelight.
Light the logs (or flip the switch) and start a hot fire blazing in the hearth, put on soft music, twinkle lights and shut out the noise and possibly the entire world. It is the perfect setting for a night together, heating up the blankets and sipping on something warm and intoxicating.
Here are a few of my favorite hot beverages to heat up a cold winter’s night.
Photo: MacKenzie Smith for Saveur.com
Bourbon Chai ~ Savuer.com
Black tea, cardamom pods, crushed allspice berries, crushed black peppercorns, cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla bean, almond milk, honey and bourbon. A delicious blend for a cold night.
You can find the full recipe and more tasty concoctions here.
Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies
Photo: Rob Howard for Food & Wine
Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies ~ Food & Wine
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups apple brandy, preferably Calvados
- Eight 3 – inch cinnamon sticks
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey until dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and apple brandy. Set a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses, pour in the hot liquid and serve.
Irish Coffee ~ Williams-Sonoma
A very simple concoction for a cold winters night…
- 8 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
- 1/2 cup of whiskey
- 2 cups hot brewed coffee or as needed
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, lightly beaten to form soft peaks
Place 2 teaspoons sugar in each of 4 mugs. Add 2 Tablespoons of whiskey to each mug, then fill with coffee. Hold a spoon, rounded side up, over each mug and slowly pour the cream over the spoon, floating it on top of the coffee ~ serves 4
Hot Rum Coffee
Hot Rum Coffee ~ Williams Sonoma
A delicious blend to heat up a chilly evening ~ hot coffee, half-and-half, sugar, ground cardamom, grated nutmeg, amber rum and a touch of grated chocolate for garnish. Williams-Sonoma has a few hot holiday beverages on their site to choose from. Poke around a bit and print a few out for your cocktail / spirits binder for future reference.
Grand Marnier for Liquor.com
Grand Coffee ~ Liquor.com
I have seen this beverage floating around the internet for a few days now, but it is so gorgeous and incredibly tasty, I simply had to share with you. When you visit their site you will be amazed at the variety of options right at your fingertips.
- 1 oz Grand Marnier, warmed
- 3 oz hot brewed coffee
- .75 oz brown sugar syrup ( 1 part brown sugar, 1 part water ) if desired
- whipped cream for garnish
Pour all ingredients into a mug or heat-proof highball glass and stir. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of whipped cream on top.
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Grand Coffee ~ Liquor.com, Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies ~ Food & Wine, Irish Coffee and Hot Rum Coffee ~ Williams-Sonoma, Bourbon Chai ~ Saveur.com