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
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
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.
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.
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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