Five Winter Cocktail Recipes You Should Try In Front Of Your Wood Burner
Fancy a tipple? Indulge yourself and have a go at creating these five classic winter cocktails, perfect for cosying down in front of the wood burner or for fireside sipping after dinner. All these recipes make enough for two servings each (or one big serving – we don’t judge).
1. The Snowball
To enjoy this typical winter warmer, you will need to make sure to add the citrus hit to cut through the sweetness. To your glass, add about 40-50ml of Advocaat, and then 50ml lemonade to top it up and a squeeze of lime juice. For those who prefer their drinks less sweet, add a dash of brandy. Garnish with a slice of orange if you want, too. You can buy Warnink’s Advocaat in any main supermarket near you.
2. Hot Toddy
This winter-warmer is known as a classic and is also a good remedy for colds. Start with 40 - 50 ml with a whiskey of your choice, then add 2-3 teaspoons of honey, the juice of half a lemon. Pour this into your glasses, then top them up with hot water and stir. Finish off the drink with half of a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon. It'll warm you right up (if you haven’t lit the logburner already).
3. The Mudslide
Decorate the inside of your glass with chocolate syrup or melted chocolate and let this set in the fridge for a while. Then, place 60ml of vodka, 60ml of coffee liquor, 60ml of Irish cream (baileys is the go-to) and 60ml of heavy cream into a shaker with some ice cubes. Shake, and then pour into two the glasses. Decorate with chocolate shavings and boom – a drink that is equally as indulgent as it is alcoholic.
4. Mulled Cider
Instead of going for mulled wine, why not cider? It adds a little kick of warmth when the weather drops below 5°C. You will need a good quality apple cider – preferably fresh with no added sugar, and the still/cloudy kind. Combine 500 ml of cider with 2 cloves and 1- 2 cinnamon sticks in a pan and heat until the mixture simmers. Add 1 one sliced clementine 50ml of a golden or dark rum and let it mull. Add 1 –2 teaspoons of light brown sugar to taste if you want.
5. Winter Pimm's Cocktail
A punch with an extra punch... combine 60ml of Pimm's with 60ml of brandy and 120ml of apple juice. Pour into 2 glasses with ice, then add cinnamon sticks and sliced oranges or apples to taste. As an alternative, you can try replacing the apple juice with ginger ale or adjusting your brandy to apple juice ratio.
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These drinks are best served beside a blazing fire. Now, throw a log on the woodburner and get mixing.