Hot Cocktails to Warm You Up

Spanish Coffee from A Crimson Kiss

Spanish Coffee from A Crimson Kiss

Save on your heating bill by boiling up one (or more) of these hot cocktails. It’s the smart and economical thing to do. OK, maybe it isn’t. But it’s definitely the fun and delicious thing to do.

Gimme S’more ~¬† Honey and cinnamon infused liquor acts as the graham cracker, while hot cocoa and a marshmallow complete this drinkable s’more (with a little brandy for good measure).

Spicy Mulled Negroni ~ This spiced up version of the classic Campari cocktail brings the heat so you may be able to ditch the sweater.

Spanish Coffee ~ Spiking coffee with booze takes on some flair when you add cream and orange liqueur. It’s like Irish coffee’s alluring cousin.

Atholl Brose ~ People in Scotland know a thing or two about cold weather and liquor, so it’s no surprise they came up with the most inventive warm drink: Scotch infused with oatmeal and then heated up with cream and honey.

Maple Hot Toddy ~ Maple syrup makes everything (OK, most things) better. Use bourbon if you can’t find Sapling liqueur.

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Mulled Cocktails for Winter

White Glogg from Healthfully Ever After

White Glogg from Healthfully Ever After


Warm up some alcohol and spice for a drink that is nice! Mulled wine is a traditional warmed cocktail, but there’s more than one way to enjoy this delicious treat. Here are a few ideas:

Smoky Mulled Cider and Scotch ~ A dried chipotle pepper adds a different kind of heat and smoke to this creative winter drink.

Swedish Glogg ~ This is just one version of the many traditional mulled wine recipes out there … and it’s a good one!

White Glogg ~ If you’d like to try a white wine version of Glogg, this will keep you toasty and cozy.

Mulled Hard Cider ~ Spice up some cider with a little juice for a wintery cocktail.

Mulled Gin ~ Gin is an intriguing choice for mulling, proving that with a few spices you can make any warm alcohol delicious.

Champagne Punches for New Year’s Eve

Horse and Carriage Punch ~ from Saveur

Horse and Carriage Punch ~ from Saveur

Punch is a perfect way to serve a group in style. Here are a few sparkling punches to try out this New Year’s Eve!

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch ~ This bubbly, sweet-tart cocktail combines sparkling wine, dessert wine and deep-red pomegranate juice.

Horse and Carriage Punch ~ Gin, elderflower and champagne are an obvious (to me) combination, but what really made this punch stand out was the chamomile tea.

Absinthe Remedy Punch ~ Absinthe, strawberries and cucumber make for a sophisticated and festive sparkling punch.

Chatham Artillery Punch ~ This is a strong punch for a booze-loving crowd — it contains gin, rum, brandy and red wine, just to name a few of its many ingredients.

Champagne Punch ~ Lemon, lime, and grapefruit give this festive punch a little tart kick to balance the sweeter ingredients.

More New Year’s Eve drink ideas:
Champagne Cocktail recipes for New Year’s Eve
Festive Mocktails and Non-Alcoholic Drink Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Recipes on Middays With Michelle Dawn Mooney

Photo by Tjololo Photo

Photo by Tjololo Photo

Today I’m a guest on Middays With Michelle Dawn Mooney — talking about pumpkin cocktails for Thanksgiving. Below are the recipes I talked about, plus a few extra ideas for you. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 clove
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Bring the sugar and water to a boil and then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes, then strain and refrigerate. Add a tablespoon of vodka, if desired, to increase the shelf life. Continue reading

DIY Bitters Recipes

cherry-bittersEven though you only use a drop or two, bitters are a very important cocktail ingredient. They can be the finishing touch¬† … or the thing that turns an unbalanced, so-so cocktail into a perfect drink. They take a little time to make at home, but if you’re into cocktail projects, it’s worth it.

Aromatic Bitters ~ This recipe produces something similar to Angostura bitters, also known as the bitters that most cocktail recipes call for. Everything from a Manhattan to a Pisco Sour includes this type of bitters.

Hellfire Bitters ~ Spicy bitters work well with cocktails that have a strong base liquor, such as mezcal or whiskey. A drop or two in a beer adds a little touch of heat and flavor as well.

Cherry Bitters ~ Used in place of aromatic or Angostura bitters, these give a hint of fruit to your drink without making your drink sweet.

In Bloom Bitters ~ Floral bitters mix well with tequila and gin drinks, complementing the herbal notes of the spirit.

Rhubarb Bitters ~ This is my Gin and Tonic helper. A little grapefruit and a few drops of Rhubarb Bitters makes for a fun and slightly different G&T.