Warm Up: Out of the Ordinary Warming Drinks


Gathering around a crackling fire pit on a cold winter night is a tradition as old as time, and nothing mixes better with the smell of woodsmoke than time with friends and a delicious warmed cocktail in the hand.

Cinnamon Tequila Hot Toddy

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In a twist on the classic recipe, the smoky flavors of tequila combine with the spice of cinnamon to create a unique new cocktail. Use quality honey for best results, or try experimenting with different types of honey to see how the flavor profile of the cocktail changes. Recipe from Liquor.com.

What You Need:

  • .75 oz cinnamon bark syrup
  • 5 oz Hornitos Black Barrel tequila
  • 5 parts hot water
  • .25 oz honey
  • .25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3 dashes vanilla bitters
  • Cinnamon sticks

What to Do:

  1. Cinnamon bark syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water and three cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring to a boil to create cinnamon bark syrup. Remove cinnamon sticks.
  2. Combine the remainder of the ingredients in a coffee glass. Stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Docteur du Miel

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The name translates to Honey Doctor, and this crisp, spiced cocktail from hungryforever.com capitalizes on the deep flavors of honey and the brightness of lemon to create a drink that tantalizes your taste buds and lingers on the tongue.

What You Need:

  • .25 oz Bache-Gabrielsen American Oak cognac
  • 1 tsp honey
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Hot water
  • Cloves (optional)

What to Do:

  1. Mix the honey, lemon, simple syrup, and cognac.
  2. Add hot water and cloves, if desired.

Hot Buttered Rum

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The ultimate combination of sweet and boozy, this batter-based cocktail is like drinking a holiday rum cake. Enjoy this guilty pleasure as a dessert drink with a group of friends after a great winter cookout. Recipe from allrecipes.com.

What You Need:

  • 1 lb butter
  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 lb confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

What to Do:

  1. Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Blend in brown sugar and confectioners’ sugar. Remove from heat and whisk in the ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour mixture into a plastic container, seal, and freeze.
  2. In a coffee mug, measure 1 tablespoon hot buttered rum batter and 1 ounce of rum, fill cup with boiling water, and stir. Sprinkle top of drink with nutmeg.

Spiced Apple Wassail

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A traditional hot mulled cider, the wassail is part of the medieval wassailing tradition, designed to guarantee a good apple harvest the following year. This quick and easy recipe from cookieandkate.com combines fresh ingredients to create a guilt-free cocktail.

What You Need:

  •  2 apples, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
  • 1/4 orange, peeled
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups hot water
  • Vodka or tequila
  • Cinnamon sticks

What to Do:

  1. Add all the ingredients above to blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend on high for a minimum of 3 minutes.
  3. Add liquor to taste.
  4. Pour in a large mug and garnish with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.

Warmed cocktails are a quick and easy way to keep your patio sessions toasty and fun. If it’s an extra cold night, try one of these great outdoor blankets for even more warmth.