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Cold Nights, Hot Toddies

January 29, 2010

By Monsieur Anton

When sitting at the computer trying to come up with a topic for a blog post it can be difficult to find the inspiration for what to write.  Not today!  Looking out the window, the snow blowing, the fall I took that cold icy sidewalk…hot drinks!

Not just any hot drinks mind you.  Anybody can pour a cup of java, some hot tea or perhaps hot chocolate.  What I’m talking about is adding that little extra kick to really warm up a cold winter’s evening.  Yes, hot drinks with alcohol!  Can’t you just picture yourself sitting with that certain someone by a roaring fire, sipping on a hot toddy or special coffee with a little something extra?  Hot cocktails can be just the remedy for the winter doldrums.

Hot cocktails can be broken down into three categories; coffee drinks, hot chocolate drinks, and all other drinks that are usually made from scratch.  When making any of these drinks you should always start by putting hot water into the mug or glass you will be using.  This warms the receptacle and prevents a cold glass from cooling down your precious creation before you even get a chance to drink it.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s find some fun drinks to warm ourselves up!

Coffee Drinks Probably the most popular, because as Americans we all love our coffee.  When making a coffee based cocktail, make sure your coffee is strong and hot.  The liqueur you put into the drink will do two things (besides adding flavor and potency).  It will cool down the coffee, and it will dilute the strength of the coffee.  Neither one is a good thing.

Irish Coffee The most popular of coffee cocktails, probably because it’s the one that people have heard of.  That doesn’t diminish from its value.  There’s a reason the classics are classics.

  • 2 Tbsp. Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 Oz  Irish Whiskey
  • 1 Tsp.  Sugar
  • Coffee

Add sugar (preferably brown) to strong hot black coffee and stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Add Irish whiskey. Leave enough space in the glass to add the cream. Top with whipped cream.  If you really want to be festive, drizzle a little green Crème de Menthe on the whipped cream.

Spanish Coffee Another classic, this is great in a warmed snifter.

  • 3/4 Oz. Brandy
  • 1/4 Oz. Coffee Liqueur
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Whipped Cream

Rim a snifter glass with sugar. Add Brandy and coffee liqueur to hot coffee. Top with whipped cream.

Monk’s Coffee This gets it’s named from the monks who make the featured hazelnut liqueur Frangelico.  The bottle itself is in the form of a Franciscan monk.

  • 1/4 Oz.  Amaretto
  • 1/4 Oz. Crème De Cacao
  • 1/4 Oz.  Frangelico
  • 1/4 Oz. Orange Liqueur
  • Coffee
  • Whipped Cream

Add liqueurs to hot coffee. Stir and top coffee with whipped cream.

Hot Chocolate Drinks Always use good quality hot chocolate.  Leave the Swiss Miss for the kids.

Alhambra Royale The orange peel really sets this one off!

  • 1 ½  Oz Cognac
  • 1 Cup Hot Chocolate
  • 1 Orange Peel
  • Whipped Cream

Add liqueurs to hot coffee. Stir and top coffee with whipped cream.

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven This one is just decadent.  Gusteau likes to talk about sexy food.  This is a sexy drink.   Valentine’s Day is coming up.  Does this give anyone ideas?

  • 1  Oz plus 1 tsp Chambord Currant Liqueur
  • 1 Oz White Crème de Cacoa
  • 8 Oz Hot Chocolate
  • Whipped Cream
  • 1 Fresh Raspberry

Pour the Chambord and White Crème de Cacoa into an Irish Coffee mug.  Add the hot chocolate and drizzle the teaspoon of Chambord on the whipped cream.  Place the fresh raspberry on top.

Moscow Hot Chocolate Now this one kicks up the level of alcohol, all the better to weather the cold Siberian nights.  Because of the vodka, I’d omit whipped on this one.  You mileage may vary.

  • 1 1/2 Oz Stoli Vanil
  • ¾ Oz Amaretto
  • 5 Oz Hot Chocolate

Into a coffee mug, pour in the vanilla vodka, amaretto, and add the hot chocolate.  Pour in the hot milk and stir to blend well.

Toddies and other drinks These are sure to warm you up.  They will bring out your inner mixologist, and keep away the cold.

Hot Toddy Sadly too many people wait until they are sick to enjoy this classic.  Don’t be that person.  You’ll enjoy much more when you’re feeling better.

  • 1 ½ Oz Whiskey
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Boiling Water

In a mug pour in the whiskey, honey and lemon juice.  Top with boiling water.  Garnish with a lemon slice.

Hot Buttered Rum Another classic that combines the sweet rum with the creamy butter for a satisfyingly warming drink.

  • 1 small slice soft butter
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • optional spices to taste: ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • hot water

Place the butter, sugar and spices at the bottom of an Irish coffee glass or mug.  Mix well or muddle.  Pour in the rum and hot water. Stir.

Hot and Fruity Toddy A fruity and sweeter variation on the classic.  The apple makes it great for autumn evenings, but doesn’t but don’t let that stop you from having one to chase the winter chill.

  • 1 1/2 oz apple brandy
  • 1 1/2 oz Gran Marnier
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • hot water
  • apple or orange wedge for garnish

In an Irish coffee glass pour the liquor, honey and lime. Top with hot water, add bitters and stir.      Garnish with apple or orange wedge.

Winter Julep Here’s a great idea to warm up a dreary winter night.  Throw a Kentucky Derby party in February!  Ladies get out your derby hats.  Watch the DVD of Seabiscuit and toast with this winter version of a Mint Julep.

  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz brown sugar syrup (see below)
  • 1 tspn peppermint tea
  • Hot water
  • Mint sprig for garnish

. Brew tea in 5 oz. of fresh boiling water for 4 minutes. Add bourbon and brown sugar syrup; stir to combine. Garnish.

To make brown sugar syrup, combine equal parts dark brown sugar and boiling water, and allow to cool.

Who said Northeast Ohio winters are a bad thing?  They give us an excuse to warm up in an adult way (get your mind out of the gutter) with hot alcoholic beverages.  The warmth may be fleeting, but with the added spirits the glow is bound to last longer.

Chef Gusteau: Great list Anton.  Best thing is that based on how long Cleveland winters can be, someone can go through that entire list many times over before spring arrives!  As far as food pairings with these great drinks…keep it simple…nice Italian pastries go just wonderfully.  Bottoms UP!

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