Hot toddy – This drink has a special place in my heart. A few years ago, my coworkers were going out to a happy hour for coworker’s birthday and I didn’t want to go. I had a sore throat, so I tried to say no, but someone suggested that I just go for one drink: a hot toddy. I have to say, it was like a magic potion; my throat and my mood improved right away. I, as a whiskey lover, couldn’t believe I hadn’t had one before.
According to the internet, there are a few schools of thought on how to mix the perfect hot toddy. The only mandatory ingredient list is whiskey and hot water. Below is a basic recipe; embellish as you wish.
1 ½ oz whiskey
5 oz hot water
1 slice of lemon
Cinnamon for garnish
Irish Coffee – A must on any list made by my half-Irish self. Again, there are a lot of different recipes online but this is the one that’s always worked for me.
I mug of black coffee
I shot glass, ¾ full of Bailey’s, ¼ filled with Jameson or another Irish whiskey
Whipped cream on top (optional)
½ tablespoon sugar (if you don’t like too much coffee-flavor)
Hot Apple Cider – Pretty much a basic apple cider recipe, with some rum thrown in because that’s the kind of night you want to have.
2 qts. apple cider, hot
2 cups rum (any kind will do, really, but spiced rum adds that extra kick)
2 tbsp brown sugar
Garnish with a cinnamon stick (careful with sprinkling cinnamon in – it tends to just settle at the bottom)
Hot Buttered Rum – OK you should know this recipe is NOT FREAKING HEALTHY. Buttered rum really has butter in it. Who knew? Now this is a recipe I actually had to look up, since I’ve never made it, but based on the ingredient list I think it should be delicious.
Schnapps Hot Chocolate – This recipe is beautiful in its simplicity. Just throw some peppermint Schnapps into hot chocolate and you’re good to go.
1 quart hot chocolate (make it however you like it)
9 oz peppermint Schnapps
Whipped cream to top
Red/green sprinkles and candy canes as garnish
I have a Christmas brunch party every year, and other than the buttered rum, I’ve made all of these drinks and they’re a big hit. Enjoy in moderation, of course, but drink it in – get your fill of these great warm drinks in the next few months before it gets hot out again!