It’s that time of the year when there’s a nip in the air and you need something to warm you up from the inside. And what can be better than hot cocktails that taste great while soothing that sore throat or tackling the cold you seem to be coming down with all of a sudden?
Here are some great recipes for hot drinks that you can whip up for yourself and your guests this Dashain.
Hot honey butter
This is a delicious drink that you can make in just a few minutes. It tastes a little bit like dessert. Be warned though – the name is a bit misleading and this is actually quite a mean little concoction.
2 parts Drambuie
Half tablespoon unsalted butter
Six parts steamed whole milk
1 small pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoonground nutmeg
Steam milk, butter and spices together until hot.
Double-strain into cup over some more butter.
Stir in Drambuie.
Top with additional milk foam.
Built on a base of fresh mint tea, this hot toddy is sweetened with ruby-hued cranberry syrup. Since the flavors and aroma complement one another, we guarantee you (and your relatives) will love this drink.
25 fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup boiling water
60 ml gin
Juice from one lemon
Lemon slice for garnish
In a mug or a small heatproof bowl, pour boiling water over the mint leaves and let steep for five minutes.
While the mint is steeping, combine the gin, cranberry syrup, and lemon juice in a mug. Strain mint tea into mug and stir to combine.
Discard mint leaves. Garnish the drink with sliced lemon and serve.
Irish (or Mexican) coffee is a hot cocktail with training wheels – a hot cocktail you drink when you don’t want people to know you are the kind of person who drinks hot cocktails. And now you have the recipe, you can make and drink it at home. Such luxury in life!
40 ml Irish whisky (or tequila)
A cup of coffee
2 teaspoon sugar
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.