By Aaron Walters
With colder temperatures (FINALLY) upon us, I thought it appropriate to talk about a few of my favorite warming, winter cocktails.
My top three, in no particular order, are Snap! Hot Chocolate, The Barenjager Toddy and the Peppery Ginger Apple Cider. Any of these will definitely knock the chill off during those cooler evenings.
Snap! Hot Chocolate
For this cocktail I use Art in the Age's Snap! liqueur. It is an all-natural organic concoction of Blackstrap molasses, clove, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla and Rooibos tea.
- 2 Tbsp. dutch process cocoa powder
- 1.5 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 2 oz Snap
Put all dry ingredients into saucepan and add 2T of the heavy cream. Whisk together over low heat until fully incorporated then add the remaining dairy ingredients. Continue whisking until it reaches a low boil. Remove from heat and whisk in your Snap. Pour up and enjoy!
One of the quintessential cold weather drinks, the toddy is a mainstay classic. Here we simply swap out the honey for Barenjager Honey liqueur. This liqueur is imported from Germany and is absolutely delicious all on its own; however, when mixed with your favorite bourbon it becomes almost transcendent!
- 1 sachet black tea (I prefer Twinnings selection of breakfast teas)
- 2 oz Maker’s Mark Bourbon (substitute a Scotch like Glenlivet if you prefer)
- 1 oz Barenjager
- lemon wedge
- cinnamon stick
- boiling water
Place the bourbon, Barenjager and cinnamon stick in your favorite mug. Add boiling water and your tea bag and steep for 2-4 minutes. Squeeze the lemon wedge and stir with the cinnamon stick. Sure to cure what ails you...even if nothing ails you at all!
Peppery Ginger Apple Cider
Lastly, a deliciously spicy twist to the traditional Apple Cider. The Peppery Ginger Apple Cider is a unique take on cider to say the least. If you are a fan of ginger and spice and everything awesome this is the cider to carry you through those wintery nights! Here we use Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. This is one of the most versatile liqueurs I've had. You can use it year round. Now, for the end all be all Apple Cider recipe!
- 8 oz apple cider
- 4 oz of Knob Creek Bourbon
- 3 oz Domaine de Canton
- lemon juice to taste
- 4 Luxardo cherries
- freshly cracked black pepper
Bring cider and bourbon to a simmer in small saucepan. Stir in ginger liqueur and add lemon juice to taste. Divide cherries between 2 heatproof glasses or mugs and pour in cider combination. Sprinkle with pepper and serve immediately.
None of these recipes will disappoint and all are guaranteed to warm you up and make those chilly nights far more enjoyable!