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4 Delicious Hot Cocktails To Warm Your Soul This Winter

hot drink for winters

The winter's chill evokes a natural craving for warm, booze-filled drinks. After all, is there anything better than sipping a glass of a hot cocktail that warms your body and your soul? The winter is also the perfect season to show off your amateur mixology skills. When you are hosting cosy get-togethers, sleep-ins and parties, you would want to make your guests comfortable with a drink that feels like a hug. Below are some hot cocktail recipes you can make for guests and serve them sitting around your fireplace. The recipes are for batch cocktails.

5-Ingredient Mulled Wine Recipe

mulled wine

Ingredients:

1.5 litres Bottle of red wine (go for bold, big flavours)
1 bottle Apple cider
4 Whole cloves
3 Cinnamon sticks
4 Star anise

Method:

Add all the liquid ingredients into a slow cooker. Proceed with adding the dry ingredients to the slow cooker as well. Set the slow cooker to low and cook for at least one hour (to four hours at max). 

If you don't own a slow cooker, you can boil the ingredients in a saucepan and let the concoction simmer for an hour. 

You can add some fruit to the mixture for garnishing. The mulled wine is ready for serving.

Mulled Cider With Cloved Oranges

mulled cider oranges

Ingredients:

2 litres Apple cider 
3 Whole cloves
1 Orange
3 Star anise
1/2 tsp Grated nutmeg 
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Vanilla pod, halved
4 tbsp  Sugar

Method:

Add the apple cider in a large pan on low heat. As the cider heats up, poke cloves into the orange. 

Add the orange, sugar and all spices to the cider and turn up the heat. 

Bring the contents to a boil and then reduce it to a simmer for eight minutes. 

Pour into mugs when served.

Hot buttered rum

hot buttered rum cocktail

Ingredients:

105 gms Unsalted butter, softened
1-2 tbsp Brown sugar
1 tsp Ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg

A dash of spiced rum
Boiling water

Method:

Add softened butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a mixing bowl and mix together until they are well combined. 

Take a dollop of this mixture, add it to a glass or a mug and pour a dash of rum. Fill the glass with boiling water and stir until the butter has completely melted. 

The proportions of butter, rum and water can depend on your preference.

Chai Hot Toddy

chai hot toddy

Ingredients:

1.4 litres Water
8 Tea bags
120 gm Sugar
470 ml Whole milk
1 tsp  Pure vanilla extract
1 tsp Ground cinnamon, plus a bit more for sprinkling on top
240 ml spiced rum (more or less as per your taste)

Method:

Pour the water into a vessel and bring it to a boil. Steep tea bags in it for at least ten minutes. As your tea base is getting ready, heat the milk and sugar to a boil. Keep stirring so that it won't scald. 

Remove the content from heat and add cinnamon and vanilla to it. Stir well. 

Remove the tea bags and pour the steaming milk mixture into the tea base. 

Add the spiced rum as per your taste. Stir well. Ladle into mugs to serve immediately. 

You can garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon powder or add cinnamon sticks. 

You can add the milk foam leftover on top of the drink. Your Chai Hot Toddy is ready!

Note: It is essential to remember to drink and serve responsibly. If you or someone you know is unable to handle the intake, seeking professional help is a must.