The leaves are falling, and that means cold weather is just around the corner. And while the temps are dropping, there’s no better time to warm up at a pub with good friends or snuggle up at home with a warm alcoholic beverage to keep the temperature up.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular warm alcoholic beverages that would be perfect for the next time you’re snowed in.
The Hot Toddy
Perhaps the most popular warmed-up alcoholic drink, the Hot Toddy, is typically made up of liquor, water, and honey. The Hot Toddy is said to be the perfect cure for the common cold, because of the soothing properties of the honey and the warming of the alcohol. However, don’t think of this as a drink for when you’re sick, the Hot Toddy is a perfect drink to down just before hitting the hay or with a nice cup of good old-fashion soup.
Another favorite for cold days and nights is the Irish Coffee. This cocktail is made with Irish whiskey, sugar, and of course, hot coffee. Also, the recipe calls for the drink to be topped with thick cream, and while some substitute whipped cream, the purists view that like true Southerners view instant grits.
Cold weather usually means the holidays are on the way, and that means plenty of Eggnog. This creamy drink is made with eggs, sugar, milk, cream, bourbon, and rum.
Like many of these drinks, the origin of eggnog is still debated, but there’s no denying that this is a tasty drink that will warm you up well after the holidays have passed.
Hot Buttered Rum
If you want a drink that will warm you up on a cold winter’s night, but won’t lay heavy in your stomach like some of the creamier drinks, then the Hot Buttered Rum is right up your alley. The butter, when added to the hot rum, gives the drink a rich taste that’s soothing, not too heavy and goes down smooth.
For a drink that’s a little more “sophisticated” try a glass of mulled wine or Glögi as it’s known in Scandinavia.
While there are a variety of ways to make mulled wine at home, the process is simple. Put your wine and favorite spices into a saucepan and bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture into glasses and enjoy.
Most experts agree that the best wine to use for the mulled wine is fruity wines.
One of the best drinks to enjoy on a fall day is hot apple cider, and it’s even better if it has a kick.
This drink usually combines bourbon and rum (sometimes tequila) with ginger, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. The sweetness of the cider, when mixed with the spices, make this one drink you have to watch out for. It’s so tasty you might find yourself on the floor sooner than you think! Which is when the real entertainment starts for most!