Today we are going to discuss warming drinks to keep your soul warm.
Guess what? Winter is upon us. The chill is starting to creep in around the edges and the idea of some warming drinks start to sound better and better.
If you are like me and enjoy winter you may already have a couple of regular drinks but if you really need to be sold on winter then work your way through our list below to remind you how to celebrate the best this season has to offer.
First we recommend setting the mood.
Turn your lights down low, light a fire (if you have one! Or get a virtual one flickering on the TV).
Take things once step forward if you are so bold and use an essential oil or a scented candle to get the smells of winter flowing through your house. Think cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice!
Any ingredients you use should be kept at or brought to room temperate before using. This stops the ingredient from watering down or cooling down the drink and bruising the flavours.
And last little tip;
use a nice glass. Please no cups, certainly no plastic! Using a glass lets you see the drink in all its glory as you sip.
Below is our top drinks that we think you should use to celebrate this season;
Hot Toddy; Sweet, sour, strong. The Hot Toddy has it all. Start with:
A shot or 2 of Bourbon
1 stick of cinnamon
1 orange slice
1 whole clove
Honey, to taste
Dance them together like this:
Pour hot water into a glass (This ensures that the glass doesn’t cool your drink)
Next, squeeze the lemon and orange juice using your method of choice,
cut off an orange slice, and poke a piece of clove into the orange.
Pour out the hot water, then add the bourbon into your warmed glass. Splash in your lemon juice, orange juice, and honey simple syrup. Next, add your cinnamon stick and cloved orange. Chuck in your hot water and stir and sip.
This recipe calls for coffee, real coffee. So be prepared to have bedtime pushed back if you indulge at nighttime, or try this on a weekend for a glam way to enjoy brunch. Irish coffees are extremely easy to make. Literally just a couple ingredients.
Start by brewing your favourite coffee. Fresh brewed will also smell great around the house.
Put your Irish whiskey into the mug.
Add a little maple syrup. Even if you don’t use sugar in your coffee, give it a go. It will make take the sharp edge off the whiskey.
Add in your coffee.
Top with whipped cream. Real whipped cream, yes buy cream and whisk it! (Yes it will be worth it!)
No if you want to get real fancy try some of these quick tips below:
Add some choc shavings to the top, or a dash of cinnamon
Use decaf if you (like me!) don’t handle caffeine too well
Use a creamy liquor like a Baileys to make it extra lush
Next up we like;
All around the world people seem to love warm wine. And guess what so do we.
Lets chat about the ingredients.
Wine: Red or white take your pick. And definitely nothing expensive, it’s not really worth it as the spices and the citrus will be taking over in the flavour game.
Citrus: Oranges are the classic option here, but feel free to add lemons or limes if you like
Cinnamon: sticks looks chic but ground cinnamon will work too.
Other spices: These vary wildly across all recipes. Consider cloves, star anise or a few pods of cardamom.
Sweety: Feel free to add your favorite sweety to taste. Sugar is a classic, but consider a few tablespoons of maple syrup or honey.
Extra booze: feel free to spike your own mulled wine with a little extra booze. Brandy works a treat or try a different drink. You don’t have to do this step, its just an added extra.
How To Make Mulled Wine:
So the tradition goes to put the ingredients into a pot on the stove and simmmmmmmer. You can also use a slow cooker if you wish. We really don’t want it boil as that will cook off the alcohol. You can simmer for 15 mins, or simmer for 4 hours. You work out how long you want to for the flavours to all get acquainted. Then drain off the spices and serve warm
Hot Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallows
Yes. An Oldie. Yes a loved fav of children everywhere. Yes a loved fav of ours. Its not alcoholic, but really warms you up.
Did you know that drinkable chocolate has been used for years to treat ailments and various maladies. The 17th Century French used to treat ‘anger and bad moods’. What an insightful little act given that modern medicine tells us that chocolate reduces stress hormones. This is a perfect drink for a cold post work drink when you need to unwind.
We came across the below recipe recently and love it.
Get these ingredients:
3 cups milk
3 tbsp good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp your sweetener of choice
1 cup of marshmallows (no, don’t skip this step!!)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Now do this:
Pop the marshmallows on a tray in the oven and pop under the grill for 30-90 seconds. Watch them! They will burn quick. Keep your eyes on the prize. This step is annoying but worth it.
Combine the ingredients in the saucepan on the stove top. Use a medium heat and whisk those babies together as the mixture comes up to temp and until the marshmallow are totally dissolved.
Pour into your favourite mug or cup and top with more marshmallows. Yes more, yes its delicious. Yes, you are welcome.
So this little lemonade is a spicy little number worth getting to know. It will put a fire in your belly and a spring in your step.
- A whole hand of ginger
- Juice of 6 lemons
- 1.5 litres cloudy apple juice
- 4 x Generous swirls of runny honey
- 6 shots of Bacardi