These delicious cocktails are super easy to make and treat for the taste buds. By Satyaki Sarkar
While we all love our beers chilled and scotch neat, there are a few times when hot cocktails can really hit the spot. These delicious concoctions are great for those times you’re ensconced at home with great company or want to burrow into your favourite book/movie. So go ahead and give these five drinks a try!
1. Hot Toddy
This is inarguably the most famous hot cocktail of all. Besides being a brilliant remedy for a cold, it also tastes delicious! And the best part is it is incredibly easy to make, and can be enjoyed any time of the year. Simply pour 2 ounces of whiskey into a microwave safe mug, add 1 tablespoon of honey, and 3/4 cup of hot water. Add the juice of half a lemon, and stir well, before heating the concoction in the microwave for a minute. Then serve it piping hot!
2. Hot Buttered Rum
The best part about this incredibly tasty and potent drink is that once you make a batch of the buttered base, it can last you for quite a while, and fixing the drink takes just a few minutes! Using an electric mixer, beat 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 stick of unsalted butter, 1/4 cup of honey, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, and a pinch of salt in a bowl until blended and smooth. Once the batter is ready, simply add 3/4 cup of spiced rum and 2 cups boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture evens out into a smooth concoction, and serve warm, garnished with a cinnamon stick.
Take a page from the Scandinavians and try this delectable Nordic concoction called Glögg. It will warm you to your bones, even on the coldest nights. To make enough of this drink for four people, you will need 2 bottles of red wine, 1.5 bottle Port wine, 8 oz vodka, 220 g sliced dried figs, 220 g raisins, 2 oranges (peeled and juiced), 220 g light brown sugar, 2 star anise pods, 4 long peppers, 5 cloves, 7 cardamom pods, and 3 cinnamon sticks. Simply add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and cook over medium heat until it starts simmering. At this point, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand for two hours. Then strain it and reheat. Once it’s ready, serve the piping hot drink in mugs, garnished with raisins and sliced blanched almonds.
4. Hot Irish Coffee
If there’s one thing that you cannot deny about the Irish, it is that they know their drinks! This timeless favourite is popular all over the world thanks to its intense kick and delicious taste. To make it, combine 1.5 ounces of Irish cream liqueur with 1.5 ounces of Irish whiskey in a coffee mug. Top up the cup with hot brewed coffee. Garnish with a spoonful of whipped cream and a dash of ground nutmeg, and you are good to go!
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5. Boozy Hot Chocolate
What’s better than hot chocolate on cold evenings? Hot chocolate with a splash of alcohol! To make this mouth-watering and invigorating drink, pour 2 cups of milk into a saucepan, and add 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate, broken into pieces, to the milk. Now add a cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar to the concoction and. Heat gently until the chocolate melts completely. Now add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract to it and mix well. Next, add 2 tablespoons of dark rum and stir. Now that you’re done, remove the cinnamon stick, pour into a tall glass, and serve warm (topped with whipped cream if you wish)!
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