January 23, 2015
Your skinny mojito might be great for your New Year’s resolutions, but the attendees of your next ugly sweater party will not be impressed. Winter cocktails need to be warm and hearty to have a place at your next holiday shindig — or next to you on the couch under a warm blanket.
1) An Apple (Cider) a Day
Warm apple cider can be quite the crowd pleaser on a cold Friday night. Drinking cider dates back to America’s first English settlers, who created the drink because grains for making beer weren’t available.
During Prohibition, many cider farms were burned to the ground, and cider’s popularity didn’t rise again until recently, when apples became cheaper because of globalized farming.
Here is a simple recipe from DivineCaroline.com that uses bourbon:
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup high proof bourbon
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
Directions: Mix all ingredients except bourbon in pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add bourbon and stir. Immediately strain and serve. May be garnished with fresh orange or lemon slice or a cinnamon stick in each mug. And feel free to add bourbon individually as desired.
2) Be Toddy for the Party
A hot toddy can be a great way to escape the winter cold.
“Toddy” is a term for any drink that mixes spirits, sugar and hot water. Evidence of the drink’s existence dates back to the 1700s, where it might have been invented in the Todian Spring in Scotland, according to CBS Detroit, or in India, where “toddy” is a term for coconut tree sap.
This recipe from CBS Detroit can be modified to the contents of your liquor cabinet: