December 02 2014
Written By
Josey Orr
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6 Hot Drinks for Cold Winter Nights

Winter is upon us. Here are 6 drinks to keep you warm while you wear your favorite sweater and get festive.

1. Butter Baby Hot Cocoa 

Put a new twist on an old classic… and get a little buzz going. 



  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup good quality Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1oz Butter Scotch Schnapps 



  1. Place milk and half-and-half in a saucepan and heat to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon. A few teaspoons at a time, stir the hot milk into the cocoa mixture to make a smooth paste. Scrape the cocoa mixture into the saucepan with the milk and simmer 2 minutes; do not let it boil. Stir in the vanilla and keep warm in a thermos.
  3. Pour into small serving cups and add a shot of Schnapps per serving.


2. Hot Toddy

A clas­sic. Everybody knows that whiskey warms the bones, add some tea and honey and you’ve got it made.



  • 1 oz. brandy, whiskey, or rum
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag 



    1. Coat glass with honey
    2. Add liquor and squeezed lemon juice
    3. Add tea bag and steep with boil­ing water


      3. Hot Buttered Cider

      A tasty drink that can be served at your family Christmas Party.


      • 8 cups apple cider or juice
      • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
      • 4 sticks cinnamon
      • 1 tspn. allspice 
      • 1 tspn. whole cloves
      • 1 lemon peel (cut into strips)
      • 2 tbsp. butter


      1. Com­bine cider and brown sugar into large vat
      2. Add spices and lemon peel to “Spice Bag” (wrapped in cheese cloth), and add to vat
      3. Boil, cover and sim­mer for 15 minutes
      4. Add 1/2 Tea­spoon to each serv­ing (makes 10–12 servings)


      4. Fiesta Coffee 

      If two of your favorite drinks are booze and coffee, you’re in luck.


      • 1 cup of your favorite coffee
      • 1 oz. tequila 
      • 1 oz. Kahlua 
      • Whipped Cream


        Com­bine all, enjoy!


        5. Warm Pineapple-Ginger Punch

        A fes­tive punch that packs a punch for the taste buds.


        • 4 cups pineap­ple juice
        • 1 cup sliced ginger
        • 1 tbsp. honey
        • 1 split cin­na­mon stick
        • 8 whole cloves
        • 1/4 tsp pepper


          1. Com­bine all ingre­di­ents into pot, bring to boil, sim­mer and cover for 10 minutes
          2. Strain drink into fes­tive mugs


            6. Ale Punch

            Beer, rum, and Christmas. How could that be a bad combination?


            • 8 apples
            • 5 car­da­mon pods
            • 2 sticks cinnamon
            • 1 star anise
            • 2 quarts pale ale
            • 2 cups honey
            • 10–12 oz. dark rum


              1. Com­bine spices into spice bag
              2. Peel and cut apples
              3. Add every­thing but the rum into pot
              4. Boil, sim­mer and stir on low for 20 minutes
              5. Add rum to drink­ing ves­sel, pour hot ale over and serve


              Enjoy your holiday season! 


              Photos: 1924US - Recipes: Clymb

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