Cold Weather Cocktails

Cold weather cocktail recipes made with rum and bourbon.

While we've been dealing with some unseasonably warm weather this fall in New York, we are heading into the dreary winter months of snow and sleet. We've found the best way to get through a gloomy cold day (or even a sunny cold day) is with the promise of a grown-up warm beverage to look forward to when we get home. Below are a few of our favorite warm cocktails to sip by the fire while playing scrabble, or, probably a more a likely scenario, while snap-chatting on the couch. 


Nigella Lawson's Alcoholic Hot Chocolate with rum recipe

Nigella Lawson's Alcoholic Hot Chocolate

SERVES 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 1⁄2 oz dark chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet, as preferred)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp dark rum (to taste)


DIRECTIONS

Put the milk into a saucepan. Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk along with a cinnamon stick, honey, and sugar, and heat gently until the chocolate is melted.
Add the vanilla and mix with a small hand whisk. Still whisking, add a spoonful of the rum first, and taste to see if you want more.
Add more sugar if you want this sweeter, too.
Take out the cinnamon stick and pour into 2 cappuccino or caffe latte cups.


MARTHA STEWART'S HOT BUTTERED RUM

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

4 oz room-temperature unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 tsp finely grated orange zest
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 oz dark rum
3/4 cups boiling water
Squeeze of fresh orange juice

DIRECTIONS

Beat butter, sugar, orange zest, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg with a mixer on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute.
Combine 2 tablespoons spiced butter with 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) dark rum in each of 4 heatproof glasses. Pour 3/4 cup boiling water over each, and stir. Top each with a squeeze of fresh orange juice.

Martha Stewart's Hot Buttered Rum recipe 

Camille Style's Citrus-Honey Hot Toddy with bourbon

CAMILLE STYLE'S CITRUS-HONEY HOT TODDY 

SERVES 2

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp. honey
1 cup plus 2 tbsp hot water
juice of 1 orange
juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup bourbon
2 lemon wedges

DIRECTIONS

Stir honey, water, lemon and orange juice in a small pitcher until honey dissolves. Add bourbon and divide between 2 mugs. Garnish each with a lemon wedge.