10 Awesome Hot Alcoholic Drinks for Winter 2014
The holiday season is almost here which means that people around the world will start hitting the bottle soon, because nothing makes one reach for the alcohol like a family reunion, right? We’re just kidding, of course! Still, a nice warm alcoholic drink is absolutely perfect for the cold season. It warms you up from the inside and lifts your spirits. During the summer, it’s a nice cold beer that we’re craving for, but in the winter, it’s warmth that we need. So, today we’re going to take a look at 10 best hot alcoholic drinks to try this winter. Enjoy!
10. Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate
Why don’t you bring elements of fall to the winter with a wonderful hot alcoholic pumpkin drink? The pumpkin pie hot chocolate is made from white chocolate, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie liqueur. Is tastes like Halloween in a cup and it is simply amazing for this time of year, when winter’s not quite here, but fall is already long gone.
9. Long Island Hot Tea
Who doesn’t love iced tea in the summer? Or a nice Long Island Iced Tea that is amazing for hot summer days? But in the winter we want something to warm us up. That’s why the Long Island Hot Tea is purely perfect. Use the same ingredients you would for the iced version, but instead of iced tea, use hot tea (the English Breakfast is a great option). Use honey and cinnamon sticks to make it sweet and spicy.
8. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint-cocoa is a match made in heaven and if you turn this marriage into a hot alcoholic drink, then you are in heaven. A simple peppermint hot chocolate is made from hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps. Make sure you know when to stop, because this cocktail is so amazing, that you’ll have a hard time stopping.
The Scandinavians know where it’s at! Glögg is one interesting concoction that involves dry red wine, port wine and vodka with spices, raisings, oranges, sugar and fig. It may seem like a lot of things, but trust us, once you’ve had one glass of Glögg, there’s no turning back to the simple mulled red wine or mulled apple cider.
6. Hot Toddy
The Hot Toddy is one of the most famous hot alcoholic drinks in the world. For this hot whiskey alcoholic drink you will need boiling water, sugar, lemon and whiskey. Get good whiskey if you want your Toddy to come out perfect. Feel free to add some cloves if you want, but the drink is perfectly fine without this spice.
5. Orient Express
Orient express is a hot beverage that is made using ginger liqueur and espresso. You need ¾ ounce ginger liqueur, one teaspoon sugar and a shot of espresso. Ginger will lighten your spirit and the coffee will make you focused and clear your head. It’s the perfect hot coffee alcoholic drink for a cold winter’s day.
4. Hot Buttered Rum
If the idea of including butter with your hot alcoholic drinks scares you a little, then we suggest you move on to the next hot alcoholic drink on our list. If not, then all you need is 1. 5 oz of good rum, one tablespoon of hot buttered rum batter and hot water. You can either buy the batter or make it at home with one pound butter, one pound brown sugar, one pound white sugar, one tablespoon ground cinnamon, one teaspoon ground cloves, one teaspoon ground nutmeg and one quarter of Vanilla ice cream (softened). The batter can be kept in the freezer for up to six months.
3. Irish Coffee
Only the Irish could take one look at coffee and say it needs whiskey. It’s a goo thing they did, because Irish Coffee is now one of the most popular hot alcoholic drinks in the world. You need 4 ounces of strong hot coffee, 1 ounce of Irish whiskey, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and 1 ounce of whipped double cream. Make sure you choose good Irish whiskey and preheat your glass while preparing the drink if you want a perfect hot alcoholic drink.
2. Mulled Apple Cider
Mulled apple cider is a wonderful variation of the classical mulled wine. You need 2 quarts of apple cider, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 whole allspice berries, 2 whole cloves and one orange, sliced as thinly as possible. Place all the spices in a pot with the apple cider and bring to a simmer. Turn the heat off and let it cool for just a couple of minutes and you’ve got a perfect hot apple cider alcoholic drink.
1. Mulled Wine
Mulled wine tastes like someone mashed together in one cup Christmas, winter and fireplaces. There is no holiday season without mulled wine. There are a lot of recipes online for good mulled wine, do a little research and find the right one for you. Usually, it requires red wine, sugar, orange peels, cloves, cinnamon and star anise. Make sure you don’t boil the wine for too long, it only needs to simmer for a few minutes, otherwise all the alcohol in it will evaporate and your Christmassy mulled wine will become a non-alcoholic beverage.
What is your favorite hot alcoholic drink for this winter?