Now that it's officially Fall, I've found myself wanting to snuggle up next to my fireplace with a mug of something warm. If you want to experiment this season, here's some newbies for you to try as well as a couple of classics that will never get old. I tried to group them together by taste/ingredients.Salute!
Mmmmm....I love my apple cider, especially with caramel. This recipe makes 6 servings:
Ingredients: * 6 cups apple cider * 1/4 cup real maple syrup * 2 cinnamon sticks * 6 whole cloves * 6 whole allspice berries * 1 orange peel, cut into strips * 1 lemon peel, cut into strips DIRECTIONS: 1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan. 2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture. 3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling. 4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.
OK, I did sneak one cold drink on here but, it's so good, you won't mind!
Ingredients: * 1 1/2 parts Navan Vanilla Liqueur * 1 part Belvedere Vodka * 2 parts apple cider * 1 tsp cinnamon * squeeze of lime Preparation: 1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. 2. Shake well. 3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
This is my favorite Sangria substitute for when it gets chilly outside.
Prep Time: 0 hours, 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Ingredients: * One bottle (750 mL) of red wine (suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot) * One peeled and sliced orange (keep peel to add zest to taste into cooking pot) * ¼ cup of brandy * 8-10 cloves * 2/3 cup honey or sugar * 3 cinnamon sticks * 1 tsp fresh or 2 tsp ground ginger (allspice can be substituted)
Serves 4-6 Preparation: 1. Combine all ingredients in either a large pot or a slow cooker. 2. Gently warm the ingredients on low to medium heat (avoid boiling), for 20-25 minutes.
3. Stir occasionally to make sure that the honey or sugar has completely dissolved. 4. When the wine is steaming and the ingredients have been well blended it is ready to serve.
5. Ladle into mugs (leave seasonings behind) and enjoy!
One of my favorite discoveries of this season. I love all things Pomegranate and this adds the perfect fruitiness to the classic mulled wine. This particular recipe makes 8-10 servings, making it perfect for serving during holiday gatherings and parties. Put the ingredients together ahead of time and leave it on the stove at a very low heat and allow guests to help themselves whenever they need to top off their drinks.
Ingredients: * 1 cup PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur * 4 lemons, sliced * 2 oranges, sliced * 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg * 12 whole cloves * 4 cinnamon sticks * 2 cups sugar * 1 1/4 cup water * 2 bottles red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot) Preparation: 1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, combine all ingredients. 2. Heat for 15-20 minutes. Do not bring to a boil. 3. Remove from heat and strain. 4. Return liquid to pan and serve warm.
I love hot buttered rum, it is the perfect drink to keep you warm by your fireplace. It always reminds me of Christmas.
Ingredients:* 1 small slice soft butter * 1 tsp brown sugar * optional spices: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg * vanilla extract * 2 oz dark rum * boiling water Preparation: 1. Place the butter, sugar and spices at the bottom of an Irish coffee glass or mug. 2. Mix well or muddle. 3. Pour in the rum and boiling water. 4. Stir.
This is my mom @DoriHeath)'s favorite cold weather beverage. She turned me onto them and I like mine with rum but, you can use brandy or whiskey.
Ingredients:* 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum * 1 Tbsp honey * 1/4 lemon * 1 cup hot water * 1 tea bag Preparation: 1. Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey. 2. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter. 3. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea. 4. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir. 5. **You can substitute tea for the hot water as well, most black and green teas mix well with the sweetness of honey and lemon.