At Bar10der we are fully aware that it happens to be the beginning of spring but as there is snow, we are mixing warming cocktails. That is why, we have compiled a list of cocktail recipes, just in case anyone gets snowed in. All your amateur cocktail needs can be reduced with the help of Bar10der and the appropriate cocktail recipes. Just remember not to burn that alcohol!
The first selection is the classic hot toddy – The concoction with “the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb” (Victoria Moore) – It’s the drink to obliterate that runny nose of yours.
- 60ml water
- 3 cloves
- Cinnamon stick
- 1cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
- 1 strip of lemon peel
- 60ml whisky
- 2tsp honey
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- Grating of nutmeg
- Put the water in a small pan along with the spices and peel over a low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer. Meanwhile rinse a heatproof glass with hot water and dry.
- Pour the whisky into your warmed glass, then pour over hot water and spices. Stir in the honey and lemon juice and taste for sweetness. Top with a little nutmeg, and breathe in deeply.
Our second warming suggestion is the famous hangover curer, the Bloody Mary. There is something so satisfying about the salty and spicy tomatoey taste which surpasses the taste of most cocktails. It isn’t the traditional winter warmer but it has the desirable warming oomph. Everyone has their own preferences but this is how we like it.
Ingredients (makes one)
- 2 ice cubes
- vodka, double jigger
- ½ lemon, juice only
- 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
- 150ml/5fl oz tomato juice
- pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 olives
- Stick of celery
- Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka.
- Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well.
- Adjust the seasoning, to taste, with salt and pepper, add olives and celery and serve straightaway.
Then we come to the Irish coffee – The ever-so-popular boozy wake up warmer. This is a great way to end a meal or accompany a relaxing evening.
Here is our simplistic but perfected Irish coffee recipe.
- 2 Jigger’s of Irish whiskey
- 150ml coffee
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- heavy cream
- Pour the whiskey, coffee, and sugar* into a stemmed, heated glass mug.
- Stir, then top off with a thick layer of lightly whipped heavy cream. If too lazy or intoxicated or depressed to bother whipping the stuff, just pour a dash in over the back of a spoon. In either case, don’t stir it in, and really don’t drizzle crème de menthe over the top.
Finally, we have the Hot Buttered Rum -This is a wonderful drin; A pre-Prohibition American cocktail which is surprisingly successful considering it contains butter. It is rich and being strong and spicy, it is warming in every way.
Ingredients (makes one)
- 1 tsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- 50ml golden rum
- apple juice, warmed, to top up
- cinnamon stick, to garnish
- freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish
- Place the butter into a heatproof coffee glass.
- Add the maple syrup, allspice and rum.
- Top up the glass with warmed apple juice and mix with a spoon until the butter has melted and emulsified in the liquid (like mixing a salad dressing).
- Using a lighter or gas hob, lightly warm the cinnamon stick (be careful not to burn it). Add the cinnamon stick as a stirrer and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.
Give these cocktail recipes a try and let Bar10der know how it goes. We promise if you’re feeling cold, this will give you the temporary warmth, enabling you to have fun with companyor in solitude. If you have any other favorites please do not hesitate and share them on our Facebook and Twitter.