From The Fireplace To The Glass: 5 Delicious Winter Drinks

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Learn To Make Drinks For Cozy Nights

Winter days are perfect for receiving visits from family and friends for cozy get-togethers, with food and drinks that match the lower temperatures. Then we thought of fondue, soups, broths, hot chocolates, but why not drinks?

Yes, there are drinks that are specific recipes for winter, as they are made with a combination of special ingredients that will warm your soul and surprise your guests.

With that in mind, we are going to present you in this article, a selection of five exclusive and unpublished drinks, for you to become an expert in cocktails on cold nights.

1 – Mulled Wine Cocktail: 

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml dry red wine
  • 250 ml of orange juice
  • 60ml orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 sliced ​​orange
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of powdered ginger (optional)
  • Orange slices to decorate

Instructions:

In a large pot, add the red wine, orange juice, orange liqueur, brown sugar, orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and ground ginger (if using).

Mix well.

Heat the mixture over medium-low heat until just starting to boil, stirring occasionally.

Then reduce the heat to low and let the mixture warm for another 15 to 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Before serving, remove the cloves and cinnamon sticks from the pan.

To serve, pour the mulled wine cocktail into glasses or mugs suitable for hot drinks. Garnish each glass with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.

2 – Hot Chocolate with Pepper:

Ingredients:

  •   2 cups of milk
  • 50g chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • whipped cream to decorate
  • Chocolate shavings to decorate
  • Extra cayenne pepper for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until hot but not boiling.

Add the chopped chocolate and stir until it melts completely.

Add cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Stir well to incorporate all the ingredients and let it heat for a few more minutes.

Remove from the heat and pour the hot chocolate into cups or mugs.

Garnish each cup with a generous dollop of whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and, if desired, a dash of extra cayenne pepper for visual flair.

Serve immediately and enjoy your delicious chili hot chocolate drink!

This recipe combines the rich flavor of chocolate with a hint of cayenne pepper heat for a unique and flavorful experience. Enjoy!

3 – Irish Coffee: 

Ingredients:

  • 45 ml Irish whiskey
  • 120 ml hot strong coffee
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 30 ml of fresh cream
  • 1 pinch of cocoa powder (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat a coffee cup by running hot water into it for a few moments.

Discard the water before preparing the drink.

Then add the Irish whiskey to the pre-warmed cup.

Add the brown sugar and stir well until it is completely dissolved.

Carefully pour the hot coffee over the whiskey and sugar mixture.

Stir gently to combine the ingredients.

Now, it’s time to add the cream.

Gently pour it over the back of a spoon over the coffee, allowing it to float to the surface.

If desired, sprinkle a pinch of cocoa powder over the cream for garnish.

Serve the Irish Coffee immediately while it’s still hot. Enjoy!

Remember that Irish Coffee is best enjoyed when sipped slowly, so you can enjoy all the layers of flavors, from the rich whiskey to the coffee and smooth cream.

4 – Eggnog: 

Ingredients:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup rum (optional)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • Grated nutmeg (for garnish)
  • Ground cinnamon (for garnish)

Instructions:

In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar until pale and creamy.

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, heavy cream, vanilla, nutmeg, ground cinnamon, and salt over medium heat.

Heat until bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pan, but do not bring to a boil.

Remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the warmed milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly to temper the yolks.

Pour the yolk mixture back into the pan with the remaining warmed milk, stirring constantly.

Return the pot to medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until it thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon. This should take about 5-7 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the rum, if using. Shake well.

Transfer the eggnog mixture to a large bowl and let cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until well chilled.

When ready to serve, in a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add the icing sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.

Remove the bowl of eggnog from the refrigerator and gently fold the beaten egg whites into the mixture until well incorporated.

Pour the eggnog into individual cups or bowls. Sprinkle with a little grated nutmeg and ground cinnamon to garnish.

Serve chilled and enjoy!

5 – Hot Toddy: 

Ingredients:

  • 50ml whiskey (preferably bourbon)
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 25 ml of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 thin slice of lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 cloves
  • Hot water

Instructions:

Warm a heat resistant cup or glass with hot water to prepare the cup.

While the glass is heating, add the honey, lemon juice, lemon slice, cinnamon stick, and cloves to a small saucepan.

Pour some hot water into the pan enough to cover the ingredients.

Using a bar spoon, gently stir the mixture in the pan until the honey is dissolved.

Add the whiskey to the pan and stir again.

Discard the hot water from the heated cup and pour the hot mixture from the pan into the heated cup.

Stir gently to combine all the flavors.

If desired, garnish with a slice of fresh lemon or an extra cinnamon stick.

Enjoy your exclusive Hot Toddy Hot! Remember to drink in moderation and enjoy responsibly.

Conclusion:

These were the five drinks you can make without fear of making a mistake for your guests.

They are more appropriate for cold nights, as they warm the body due to the hot ingredients.

You can also adapt the recipes according to your guests’ preferences, including making alcohol-free versions. The important thing is to receive well, to always welcome and courtesy to warm up guests with refinement!

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