When the temperatures plunge outside, it's nice to serve your guests a cocktail of warming spirits and seasonal spice. Here are three classic combinations, perfect for holiday celebrations and throughout the winter months.Print
Classic hot, spirited beverages filled with seasonal flavors and good cheer.
- Yield: 1 serving
- 1-1/2 ounces whiskey, rum or brandy
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Boiling water
- Lemon slice
- Cinnamon stick
- 2 to 3 whole cloves
- Stir the whiskey, honey and lemon juice together in a 6-ounce mug. Fill with boiling water, stir and garnish with a lemon slice, cinnamon stick and cloves.
- Yield: 4 to 6 servings
- 1 bottle (750 ml) full-bodied red wine (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel)
- 1 large navel orange (preferably organic)
- 1/4 cup of brandy
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 2 whole star anise
- 3 to 4 tablespoons honey
- Cut about 1/2-inch from each end of the orange, grate the zest from both pieces and set aside. Cut the remaining orange into 3/8-inch thick slices and add them to a large saucepan.
- Add the zest, wine, brandy, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and honey and gradually heat over medium-low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the whole spices and ladle the wine into serving mugs.
Hot Buttered Rum
- 1 lb light brown sugar
- 1/2 lb unsalted butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
To make the batter:
- In a mixing bowl beat together softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices until well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight reusable container for up to a month, or place in your freezer until ready to use.
To make the Hot Buttered Rum:
- In a pre-heated coffee mug combine 2 heaping tablespoons batter with 1-1/2 ounces of quality dark rum (Mount Gay Eclipse or Extra-Old). Top with boiling water and stir well to mix. Serve with a spoon.
It's best to make the batter in advance so the spices have an opportunity to mingle and bring it to room temperature prior to serving. (Recipe courtesy Mount Gay Rum)