Warm Winter Cocktails

Blizzard Jonas' visit last weekend marked the official start of my least favorite season. Don't get me wrong, I find snow beautiful, I just wish it wasn't so cold. And wet. And messy. And did I mention cold?

On the bright side, having 3 feet of snow gave me every excuse not to leave my house and spend the better part of a week trying new recipes, cooking up some old favorites, and experimenting with some warm, boozy cocktails to melt away those snowed-in blues. After careful calculating and rigorous taste testing (okay, mostly that second thing), I've got three that are winners and I would like to share them with you! The first is a fun twist combining two traditional cocktails, the second is a soothing take on an old favorite, and the third is a boozed-up version of a wintry childhood classic...read on for details!

 

Kentucky Carbomb Coffee with Bailey's Whipped Cream

Two classic Irish cocktails come together with an American spin

Two classic Irish cocktails come together with an American spin

 
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What you need: 

  • 1 cup of hot mocha coffee (I used Starbucks mocha K-cups)

  • 1 oz. Jim Beam or other Kentucky bourbon whiskey

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 2 tblsp white sugar

  • 3 tblsp Bailey's or other Irish Cream

  • Dark cocoa powder for garnish  

 

What you do:

  • Start off by making the spiked whipped cream. In a small, chilled metal bowl, whisk the heavy cream and sugar until stiff. Add the Irish cream, and whisk again. Cover and chill when not using

  • Add the bourbon whiskey to your cup of hot mocha coffee, stir

  • Top with a heaping spoonful of the Irish whipped cream, and dust with cocoa powder

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Warm, rich, and full of caffeine, this will become your go-to cocktail for when you want to make the most of a snowy day. You can be a little more conservative on the whipped cream if you don't want the mess, but where's the fun in that?

 

 Apple Cinnamon Toddy

Leave the whiskey out for a warm winter drink anyone can enjoy

Leave the whiskey out for a warm winter drink anyone can enjoy

 

What you need:

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  • 1 cup of hot herbal tea, preferably apple cinnamon (I used Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice)

  • 1 oz. whiskey, preferably Crown Royal Regal Apple

  • 1 apple, your favorite kind

  • honey

  • cinnamon

  • a mini heart cookie cutter and wooden skewers for garnish

 

What you do:

  • To your cup of hot herbal tea, add whiskey

  • Add honey and cinnamon to taste. I start with 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and adjust from there. Stir well

  • Cut apple into flat slices, about an inch thick. From those, use your heart cookie cutter to punch out apple shapes

  • Place one apple heart onto a skewer, and put the rest into the drink

  • Add garnish, sprinkle with cinnamon 

Don't have a miniature heart cutter? Use your favorite shape, or simply cut the apple into smaller slices!

Don't have a miniature heart cutter? Use your favorite shape, or simply cut the apple into smaller slices!

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This is a such a homey and comforting beverage, it's perfect for a relaxing snow day curled up on the couch with a good book or movie. The best part? Eating the warm apples after they've steeped in the cinnamon & whiskey mixture...heavenly.

 

CocoNutty Cocoa

An adult version of a childhood favorite

An adult version of a childhood favorite

What you need:

Coconut Almond Cocoa
  • Your favorite hot cocoa mix, I used Godiva's Dark hot chocolate

  • Dark chocolate almond milk

  • 1/2 oz. cream of coconut

  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka, I used Absolut

  • Bailey's Irish cream whipped cream, see recipe above

  • Mini dark chocolate chips, for garnish

 

What you do:

  • Make a mug of hot cocoa as directed, using the dark chocolate almond milk. Make sure to leave room in the mug to add the liquor and whipped cream!

  • Add in the cream of coconut and vodka, stir well

  • Top with a heaping spoonful of your prepared Bailey's whipped cream, and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips

I splurge on this variety pack once a year. I never regret it.

I splurge on this variety pack once a year. I never regret it.

adult hot chocolate

This is not the hot chocolate your momma used to make, but it is the hot chocolate you should make for your momma! Aside from the vodka, this cocoa gets an adult makeover thanks to the rich flavors of dark chocolate, coconut, almond, and Irish cream. It's perfect for a cozy date night in with your special someone or your best friends. And, if you leave out the Irish cream, it's also vegan!

 

So there you have them, 3 boozetastic spins on classic winter beverages that anyone can make! Make them just as I described here, or get creative and add your own fun twist! Either way, if you try them out I'd love to know how it goes. Leave me a comment here, on Facebook, or share your final product on Instagram, just make sure to credit me (@_thekneadtoknow) and tag with #theKneadtoKnow so I can share! Cheers!

Posted on January 28, 2016 and filed under Cocktails.