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Smokin’ Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Nights

Smokin’ Hot Cocktails for Cold Winter Nights


Now that dark nights have descended with a vengeance take comfort in the license it allows you to indulge winter cocktails that warm from the inside out.


 Hot Buttered Whisky


Hot Buttered Whisky. Image source: Pinterest.


There are party cocktails and there are cocktails mixed for one. This is the latter. If your car has broken down and you’ve spent 2hrs by the roadside, at night, in the pouring rain waiting for the AA – or suffered a similar wintery bad-day incident – then this is the one for you.


One whiff of the fumes and sip of the hot, buttery bliss will set you back on your feet and make you glow like the ready break kid.


1 tsp butter, softened

pinch ground allspice

pinch nutmeg

pinch cinnamon

50ml whisky (your choice)

slither of orange peel studded with  2 cloves

brown sugar and hot water to taste


Place all the ingredients in a sturdy, heatproof glass. Top with hot water and add brown sugar to taste.



Spiced Ginger Mojito


This palate tickling mix fall firmly into the party cocktail category. Perfect as pre-dinner treat for guests, or if you’re feeling deadly decadent then mix up a couple to sip while sitting at home on Saturday night watching Strictly. There are no rules other than you enjoy every zesty moment.


Image source: Pinterest.



25 fresh mint leaves

3 tsp white sugar

1 lime, chopped

65ml/2½fl oz spiced rum

ginger beer, to top up

sprig fresh mint, to garnish

slice fresh ginger, to garnish




Place the mint, sugar and lime into a sturdy tall glass and mash (muddle) with the end of a clean rolling pin.

Add the spiced rum and a scoop of crushed ice. Mix throughly with a tall spoon and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a thin slice of fresh ginger.



Mulled Cider


Mulled Cider. Image source: Pinterest.


If you’re hosting a Halloween or Bonfire Night then you’ll definitely be in need of a warming hot drop – preferably alcoholic – for your guests. The best thing about this one – other than the taste is that the quantities easily multiply. The addition of the sloe gin gives it a wholesome, hedgerow homeliness and rich flavour.


1 litre cider
few slices of orange, studded half a dozen cloves
four cinnamon sticks
good apple juice (optional)

200ml sloe gin

sugar or honey (optional)
Put the cider (and apple juice if using) into a saucepan with the spices and bring slowly to the boil with the lid on. As soon as it starts to simmer turn off the heat and add the sloe gin and the oranges. Taste and add honey or sugar if you feel the need.


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