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

DIY Advocaat

20121230-231729-diyvsbuy-advocaatIf you want to inject a little Dutch hospitality into your Christmas, try Advocaat! Though it’s often called Dutch eggnog, this treat is a creamy brandy custard with a pudding-like texture.

(makes about 4 servings)

10 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste (about 1/8 teaspoon)
2/3 cup vodka
1 cup brandy

Put an inch of water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce to low heat. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Whisking and pour in the liquor.

Place the bowl over the simmering water and whisk as it cooks. When the mixture is thick enough to form a coat on the back of a spoon, it’s done cooking. (about 8 minutes or least 130°F). Take the bowl off the heat and whisk in vanilla. Transfer into a glass container and refrigerate for a minimum of 6 hours before serving.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column.

Is Banning Cell Phones at Bars Bad for Business?


My latest for Tales of the Cocktail goes into the question of whether or not bars should (and could) ban customers from using cell phones.

Bartenders see it all the time: a customer who spends more time with their phone than with their friends. Social media has become such an integral part of life — and a marketing strategy — that most bars are hesitant to ban smartphones altogether.

Is Banning Cell Phones at Bars Bad for Business