Warm Up With These 3 Cozy Winter Cocktails December 13, 2018

by Eat

If you’re looking for an excuse to hunker down and stay in, these winter cocktails would be it. 

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Who cares what’s happening outside when it’s THIS cozy, warm, and comforting inside?

That’s what we thought the second our chefs dreamed up these anything-but-ordinary holiday cocktails. First up, a hot toddy spiked with whisky and sweetened ever-so-slightly with a tinge of honey. Next, a mulled wine recipe that we swear tastes like one big hug thanks to the addition of warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. And last but not least, a chocolaty dream-come-true in the form of peppermint-spiked hot chocolate.

And don’t be fooled by their #HelloFreshPics-worthy looks. These stunners are as simple to make as they are to sip. The only hard part? Deciding which to go for first.

1. Earl Grey Hot Toddy

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A traditional hot toddy comes together with four simple ingredients: hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon. But in this version, we’re jazzing things up just a tad by swapping out water for Earl Grey tea — and tossing in a lemon peel for good measure.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Earl Grey Tea Bag
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 1/2 Ounces Whiskey
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • Lemon Peel, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Steep tea in hot water. Sweeten with honey, to taste.
  2. Add whiskey and lemon juice.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice, and enjoy!

2. Blackberry Mulled Wine

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Low and slow is the name of the game to allow all the ingredients time to slowly mingle. And by the 30 minute to one-hour mark, they’ll be best buds.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle Red Wine
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks, plus extra for garnish
  • 4-5 Cloves, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 Star Anise, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 Orange, juiced
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Cup Brandy
  • 1 Cup Blackberries
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

Instructions:

  1. Pour a bottle of wine into a pot or pan. Add all ingredients.
  2. Bring mixture to a low simmer — 30 minutes to one hour — but don’t boil! This will allow the flavors of the spices and wine time to gradually develop.
  3. Serve in mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick, clove, and star anise.

3. Spiked Peppermint Bark Hot Chocolate

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Basically candy in sippable form, if you ask us.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips, melted
  • Crushed Peppermint Candies
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Packet Hot Chocolate
  • 1/2 Ounce Peppermint Schnapps
  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • Whipped Cream

Instructions:

  1. Dip the rim of a mug in melted chocolate, then in crushed peppermints. Set aside.
  2. Warm milk, then add hot chocolate packet and cook according to package directions.
  3. Add peppermint schnapps and bourbon.
  4. Add a swirl of whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed peppermints. Enjoy!

Running around and don’t have time to whip up one of these cocktails? Look no further than this hands-off, set it and forget it slow cooker spiced wine recipe.

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