While sipping summer cocktails by the pool is hard to beat, having a nice warm beverage on a cold winter night is like a warm hug for your insides. Who doesn't like hugs?
If you’re looking for something simple to start, try this brandy-warming tutorial. Or sip a nice scotch. That’ll warm you up real quick.
But, if you’d prefer a mixed beverage…may we suggest…
This bourbon standard is often the first warm alcoholic beverage to come to mind, and for good reason. The combination of heat, citrus, and honey is soothing for the throat, an added benefit during cold or flu season. The tea adds a certain je ne sais quoi that you won’t be mad about.
A little coffee and a little (or however much) of Jameson and you’ve got yourself an Irish Coffee. I feel like the word “coffee” means you can drink it any time of the day you want…bonus!
When I think of mulled wine, I think of cold days spent at cafes in Paris. My search continues for spots here in the states that serve the warm-your-heart-and-your-toes beverage, but until then, I’m happy to make it for myself and dream of those grey Parisian days. This white wine variety definitely fits the bill.
Hot Buttered Rum is another classic. Butter in a cocktail might be a tough idea to swallow, but combine it with spices and a good rum and you have one of the most popular holiday beverages.
It seems nothing is more popular when the weather cools now than pumpkin spice insert-words-here. Now there’s hot chocolate. There’s hot chocolate with whiskey. And then there is Pumpkin Spice Whiskey Hot Chocolate. You’re welcome.
You can’t get much more delightful than a Ginger Rum Apple Cider, and it doesn’t get easier than putting everything in a crock pot and letting it simmer overnight. Think of the aroma! Think of the warm bellies! Think of all the smiling faces at a winter party you didn’t know you were going to have, but will now because you have a crock pot full of warm alcoholic beverage!
While not served hot, the Penicillin certainly warms the spirit – and the belly. The cocktail features scotch, which as I mentioned before, is a definite go-to to heat things up.