7 Classic Cocktails to Warm Your Spirits

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Tired of hearing complaints about snowmageddons, polar vortexes, and any other term the media or National Weather Service want to add to our lexicons this year? We get it, it is cold outside, but that doesn’t mean we have to talk about it — instead, we should drink to it. Since no one wants to sip a frozen daiquiri when it’s 5 below, here are 7 classic cocktails that will make you forget about the latest arctic blast.

1. Hot Toddy

Made with whiskey, brandy, or rum, a hot toddy is exactly what everyone needs to get through the winter months, and it may just be what the doctor ordered. Well, according to this recipe’s author at least, whose family doctor recommended the beverage to help soothe sore throats.

Ingredients:

2 ounces whiskey (ex: Jack Daniels)
1 tablespoon honey
4 ounces hot water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 slice fresh lemon (optional)

Directions: Place the whisky in a large microwave safe mug. Add the honey. Pour the hot water into the mug over the spoon you used for the honey to get off the last little drops. Add the lemon juice and stir well. Place the mug in the microwave for 1 minute or until it is piping hot, but not boiling. Add the lemon slice and serve.

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2. Manhattan

If you prefer your Manhattans without bitters, a variation calls for substituting a twist of lime for the cherry and orange. Hold the lime twist in a lighted match over the drink and then drop it in. The heat really kicks up the lime flavor.

Ingredients:

3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 twist orange peel

Directions: Combine the vermouth, bourbon whiskey, and bitters with 2 – 3 ice cubes in a mixing glass. Stir gently, don’t bruise the spirits and cloud the drink. Place the cherry in a chilled cocktail glass and strain the whiskey mixture over the cherry. Rub the cut edge of the orange peel over the rim of the glass and twist it over the drink to release the oils but don’t drop it in.

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3. Winter Warmer

No really, that is the name Robert Honeycutt, Beverage Director at GILT in New York City gave this drink. The recipe creates a spiced wine, certain to live up to its name.

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine
6 cloves
6 star anise
6 green cardamom pods
6 allspice pods
2 sticks cinnamon
10 black peppercorns
Nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 orange
1/2 lemon
3/4 cup sugar
2 ounce vodka

Directions: Combine all dry ingredients and wine in a pot over medium heat. Squeeze and toss in both the lemon and orange. When the mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat and let steep for another five minutes. Add the vodka. Strain and serve.

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4. Irish Coffee

After drinking of few of these, not only will you feel like you have the luck of the Irish on your side, but you’ll be energized enough to tackle anything.

Ingredients:

1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whiskey (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons)
Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Directions: Fill footed mug or a mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Blend in Irish whiskey. Top with a collar of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serve hot.

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5. Spanish Hot Coffee

If you only revel in being Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, or are looking for an extra caffeine kick, try Spanish Hot Coffee instead. The recipe was created by Lucas Paya and is sold at The Bazaar by Jose Andres.

Ingredients:

1 lump raw brown sugar
1 1/2 ounces Gran Duque de Alba Spanish Brandy
2 ounces espresso coffee
1 ounce regular coffee
Sugar, as needed
Juice of 1/4 orange
1/2 pint heavy whipping cream

Directions: Steam everything together over low heat until hot. Prepare a martini glass with a sugar rim by mixing granulated sugar with a squeeze of orange on a plate. Wet the rim and roll the edge into the sugar mixture. Then, pour the hot drink into the prepared glass. Top with slightly whipped heavy cream. Grate some orange zest over the whipped cream.

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6. Claret Cup

We’re reaching way back in the history books for this classic. Claret Cup was de rigueur in the 1800s, but has since fallen out of favor. That is a shame, because it is a perfect punch for winter.

Ingredients:

1 red Bordeaux
4 ounces Amontillado
2 ounces Maraschino
Thin cut rind of 1 lemon
superfine sugar
ice
club soda

Directions: Mix in large bowl or, as Esquire notes Lawton Mackall advised claret cup brewers in 1939, “let stand an hour or so for interjubilation of ingredients.” Then add ice, a liter of chilled club soda, and garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint.

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7. Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

Directions: Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves, and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.

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