The nights are growing longer and Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, but here at Cambridge Wines, we have some delightful cocktail ideas to keep you cozy all winter.
Hot Peppermint Patty - This minty concoction adds the perfect adult twist to a classic Hot Chocolate. (Recipe from DrinksMixer.com)
1 oz peppermint schnapps
1/2 oz dark creme de cacao
1 tsp green creme de menthe
5 - 8 oz hot chocolate
1/2 - 1 oz whipped cream
Put creme de cacao and peppermint schnapps into a coffee mug and fill with hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream, and add a teaspoon of green creme de menthe.
Hot Buttered Rum - This creamy, liquid dessert has been an American holiday staple for centuries. (Recipe from Epicurious.com.)
2 cups water
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup dark rum
Bring water, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt to a boil in a 1 1/2- to 2-quart saucepan over moderately high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, whisking occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Serve hot.
Eggnog - This holiday treat takes some preparation, but after trying it you'll never want store-bought eggnog again! (Recipe from AllRecipes.com)
4 cups milk
5 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups light rum
4 cups light cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Combine milk, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon in a saucepan, and heat over lowest setting for 5 minutes. Slowly bring milk mixture to a boil.
- In a large bowl, combine egg yolks and sugar. Whisk together until fluffy. Whisk hot milk mixture slowly into the eggs. Pour mixture into saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3 minutes, or until thick. Do not allow mixture to boil. Strain to remove cloves, and let cool for about an hour.
- Stir in rum, cream, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and nutmeg. Refrigerate overnight before serving.
Mulled Wine - With a few adjustments, a bottle of red wine can be transformed into the perfect, cold-weather cocktail. (Recipe from JoCooks.com.)
1 bottle red wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
Add the first 7 ingredients to a saucepan. Juice the lemon and orange and add juice to the pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce to low heat and simmer for another 15 minutes. Serve warm with orange slices.
Warm Spiced Cranberry Mocktail - Stay toasty with this sweet and tangy beverage. Rum can be added to make it alcoholic. (Recipe from CarolinesCooking.com)
6 oz cranberry juice cocktail
3 oz orange juice
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 slice fresh ginger
1 tsp honey
Place the cranberry juice, orange juice, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger in a small pan and warm gently until it comes to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat, add the honey and stir in and strain the spices off as you serve in a glass.
Rosemary Citrus Spritzer - This refreshing drink gives off holiday vibes with notes of orange and rosemary. (Recipe from TheKitchn.com)
4 (4-inch) sprigs fresh rosemary
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
Rosemary and lemon for garnish
- Peel off thick strips of zest from 1 lemon.
- Juice the lemons and oranges into a liquid measuring cup – you should have about 1 cup of juice. Top off with water if necessary to make 1 cup.
- Combine zest, juice, rosemary, sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugars.
- Remove from heat and let sit 10 minutes. Strain, discard solids and let syrup cool completely.
- To serve, fill an 8-ounce glass halfway with ice cubes, add 2-3 tablespoons syrup, fill with soda water, and stir. Garnish with rosemary sprigs and/or lemon slices, if desired.
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