Warm Winter Drinks
October 11, 2011 3:15 PM   Subscribe

As we approach fall and winter, I'd like to experiment with warm or hot alcoholic drinks, and not being a fan of cloves, mulled wine is out of the picture. Any suggestions?
posted by hiddenknives to Food & Drink (40 answers total) 61 users marked this as a favorite
Hot ginger tea and bourbon is among my favorite warm drinks. Way better than your standard hot toddy. I make my ginger tea very strong, add some sugar and, if I'm feeling especially randy, a few mint leaves at the end to steep for a minute or two. Add decent bourbon.
posted by General Malaise at 3:17 PM on October 11, 2011

Hot cocoa with Frangelico in it. Mmmmmmmmmmm.
posted by Madamina at 3:18 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

There are a variety of drinks that add liquor to coffee, topped with whipped cream :)
posted by DoubleLune at 3:20 PM on October 11, 2011

Hot buttered rum is pretty good, though definitely not an everyday drink, unless you REALLY like butter. Hot toddies are pretty good, too. I'm not a big fan of the traditional versions, but I find that black tea with spiced rum works quite well. Alternatively, a spicy chai with rum (spiced or not) has a nice wintery feel to it.
posted by asnider at 3:22 PM on October 11, 2011

Hot Buttered Rum!
posted by chatongriffes at 3:23 PM on October 11, 2011

Hot cider* and whiskey.

I often mull my cider with spices, but you don't have to. Or, you could just add cinnamon and nutmeg and lemon peel and leave out the cloves.

*Non-alcoholic cider, I mean.
posted by pemberkins at 3:23 PM on October 11, 2011

Mexican hot chocolate with rum.

- 3 cups milk (could be water)
- 2 T brown sugar
- 6 or 7 cardamom pods
- 4 or 5 cloves
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- sprinkle of cayenne (big sprinkle for a nice bite)
- 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
- a decent rum

To cook:
- Smash cardamom pods so they are cracked and bruised.
- Heat all except cocoa powder in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil. Remove from heat and cover, and allow to steep for a good 20 minutes.
- Heat to steaming, but do not boil. Add cocoa powder and whisk until frothy.
- Add desired amount of rum.
posted by Specklet at 3:24 PM on October 11, 2011 [5 favorites]

I like hot toddies with Drambuie. 1.5 oz Drambuie, 0.5 oz lemon juice in a rocks glass, and fill with hot water. Adding more honey can be nice (or it can get too sweet). YMMV.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:26 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Caffè corretto
posted by gurple at 3:26 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

Any combo of hot chocolate or coffee with any dessert-flavored liqueur is delicious. Hot cocoa with Baileys = yummmmm.
posted by MadamM at 3:29 PM on October 11, 2011

Sorry about the cloves in mine. I cut and pasted from my food blog without thinking.
posted by Specklet at 3:30 PM on October 11, 2011

Jameson and Earl Grey
posted by coevals at 3:32 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

When I go out in the winter, I like to order myself a Feckin Tea. Just because I likes sayin' it.

It's just Feckin whiskey and plain ol' tea.
posted by RedEmma at 3:32 PM on October 11, 2011

Wassail! I make it without the eggs; it has cloves but you could leave them out and it would still be great.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome at 3:34 PM on October 11, 2011

My favorite drink in the fall and winter:
1. heat a mug of apple cider in the microwave
2. Add a glug of bourbon
3. Add a little goldschlager
4. maybe add a tiny bit of triple sec

IT IS DELICIOUS. I know you will agree.
posted by capnsue at 3:37 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Winter Pimms and hot apple juice! mmmmm...
posted by Erasmouse at 3:40 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Hot apple cider with Tuaca. Can be topped with whipped cream. Yum!
posted by JenMarie at 3:44 PM on October 11, 2011

There seems to be a bit of a trend with apple cider, so I'll add mine. Warm apple cider + shot of apple pucker + shot of buttershots = warm and toasty inside and out!
posted by spinturtle at 3:52 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

When I have a cold, I like to make this: powdered lemonade mix, boiling water, bourbon, or other booze of choice. easy & comforting. Also tasty: lemon juice, maple syrup, boiling water, bourbon.
posted by theora55 at 4:02 PM on October 11, 2011

Cognac and other brandies are drunk at slightly-warmer-than-room-temperature and light a wonderful fire in the belly.
posted by workerant at 4:08 PM on October 11, 2011

The hot toddy:

- Shot of whiskey
- Honey (1 tbsp. or so)
- Lemon wedge
- Fill mug with hot water
posted by chrchr at 4:36 PM on October 11, 2011

Tom and Jerry.
posted by oflinkey at 4:51 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

Heat spiced cider, add bourbon.

Its the god damned nectar of the gods!
posted by Senor Cardgage at 4:52 PM on October 11, 2011

Coffee and Jameson

rose hip tea and Jameson

(what? I like Jameson)
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 4:53 PM on October 11, 2011

My favorite sore throat remedy also happens to be pretty tasty, though it's more a "concoction" than a drink:

- slice up some ginger (fresh or frozen, either works) to your taste, add to mug
- slice up half a lemon into the thinnest possible slices and add to mug, rind and all
- spoon in enough honey to cover all the ginger/lemon (this probably comes out to a couple tablespoons)
- heat in microwave on high for a minute or two

The lemon and ginger will release their juices and mix with the honey to create a sweet, hot, slightly sour thick liquid. Eat with a spoon; the bitterness of the lemon pith and leftover ginger creates a nice counterpart to the honeyed juice.

I've been known to make this when I feel perfectly fine, because it's so soothing.
posted by bettafish at 5:13 PM on October 11, 2011

Hot blackberry tea with a shot of blackberry brandy!
posted by shmurley at 5:49 PM on October 11, 2011

Krupnik (Polish honey liquor) added to whatever. I like it in hot cider (with a cinnamon stick!) but that might be too deadly-sweet for you. It would also be great in tea.

Also great: ouzo in warm milk (cf. the nonalcoholic Dutch favorite anijsmelk).
posted by bubukaba at 6:23 PM on October 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

mmm, Krupnikas. My Mom had a wonderful recipe, and her brothers and sisters each had somewhat different variations thereof. Christmas is always a delightful time.

My entry into this warm winter drinks category is the simple yet complexily delicious Spanish Coffee. If you are enjoying this late at night, then make it with decaf coffee. Yum.
posted by seawallrunner at 9:17 PM on October 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Do you like cherry flavors? If so: a heated mug of Unibroue's Quelque Chose. It sounds strange to heat a beer for drinking, but it's really quite good.
posted by anthom at 5:20 AM on October 12, 2011

Hot buttered whiskey

1 cup hot water
1 tbsp butter
1-2 oz whiskey

Irish works best, though bourbon is fine. Not sure I'd want to try this with scotch.
posted by valkyryn at 5:42 AM on October 12, 2011

Oh, add 1 tbsp brown sugar to the above.
posted by valkyryn at 5:42 AM on October 12, 2011

I discovered mostly by accident that aged tequila tastes great in sleepytime tea. Only añejo, though! This would probably not work with tequila that isn't brown.
posted by mismatched at 7:59 AM on October 12, 2011

Hot chocolate with whipped cream and brandy, and it certainly doesn't have to be an expensive brandy.
posted by Halloween Jack at 8:41 AM on October 12, 2011

I like warm cider with spiced rum.
posted by RandyWalker at 10:08 AM on October 12, 2011

Hot chocolate with a shot of Chartreuse, oh my god
posted by milk white peacock at 12:13 PM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

posted by yoyo_nyc at 1:41 PM on October 12, 2011

Hot apple cider with Tuaca.

Seconded. You might also consider warm milk with Tuaca.
posted by Iridic at 2:34 PM on October 12, 2011

Cocoa + Peppermint Schnapps
posted by sninctown at 6:06 PM on October 12, 2011

We're big fans of spiked hot tea in our house. Some we love:

Chai with a splash of whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream. (We call it the British Empire)
Ginger tea with dark rum. (We call it a Hot and Stormy)
Constant Comment (orange-flavored black tea) with a bit of amaretto.
posted by thinkingwoman at 7:48 PM on October 12, 2011

All this mention of ginger, and no Ginger Wine?

Good added to hot chocolate, coffee etc as well.

(Also, this might sound awful, but did you know if you microwave a carbonated drink quickly, it comes out hot, and still bubbly? That's right!
So yeah, I've even had soda water & ginger wine, hot)
posted by Elysum at 8:13 PM on October 17, 2011

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