Cold Weather Cocktails
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.
- 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)
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.
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
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.
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
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.