Happy Holi drinks: cocktail recipes to warm your winter nights

Happy Holi drinks: cocktail recipes to warm your winter nights

With the semester over and a longer winter holiday than the average underway, both students and families are on the hunt for some winter fun. Whether you are surrounded by snow or sand this break, here are some suggestions for winter cocktails (and family-friendly options) to celebrate the season!

Classic hot chocolate

A well-established winter classic, hot chocolate can be infinitely adapted to different tastes. Make your favorite hot chocolate and stir in a sweet liqueur as the finishing touch or a splash of whiskey for a more hearty drink. Add Kahlúa for a coffee-inspired finish, crème de menthe for a mint, Irish cream for sweet creaminess or caramel or chocolate liqueur for a more classic taste. Top with marshmallows or whipped cream for a delicious winter drink!

To make a rich hot chocolate from scratch, follow this recipe adapted from The New York Times:

  1. Boil 2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan or saucepan with high sides.
  2. Whisk in 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened) to make a paste.
  3. Turn the heat to medium and add 1 cup of milk (or your preferred non-dairy option), and whip to combine.
  4. Bring it to the boil and add 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped and 2 teaspoons sugar.
  5. Turn down the heat and whisk until the chocolate is melted
  6. Turn off the heat and add 1.5 oz of liqueur – selected according to your preferences – or 1 oz of whiskey. Whisk to combine, pour into a mug, and add your favorite topping.

Make it family friendly: Instead of adding whiskey or sweet liqueur at the end, stir in the teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Winter eggnog

Although eggnog is generally associated with Christmas, it is a creamy winter drink for all occasions. Buy or make eggnog, pour a small glass on, and add 1.5 oz of rum or whiskey. Stir together and top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for a simple and delicious cocktail!

Make it family friendly: Omit rum or whiskey, but keep the spice top for a sweet, child-friendly drink.

Mulled wine cider

This autumn drink can easily last through the coldest months of the year. If you are in a hot climate, cool after consideration and serve over ice cream. Make a single serving by heating cider in the microwave with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top, then mix in a splash of rum or whiskey.

To serve a quantity, pour enough cider so that each person can get a mug in a small saucepan. Add cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom pods, whole allspice, orange slices and apple slices. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into mugs, then add 1.5 oz of whiskey to each mug.


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Make it family friendly: Omit the whiskey and enjoy a warm winter drink!

Boozy te

Another classic option, tea is infinitely adaptable. Brew your favorite tea to your desired strength and add a spirit that goes well with the taste. Brandy fits well in many teas, but the exact combination is up to you! Cinnamon tea, brewed strong with a splash of brandy or Scottish, is an excellent winter option.

Make it family friendly: Just drink tea!

Harvest Spice Cocktail

The most classic cocktail on this list is custom made from a Moscow Mule. Ginger beer with rum or bourbon and lime is a classic drink; add maple syrup or fruit juice to change the taste. Variations of this cocktail can reflect almost any season. For a classic winter mix, try apple and maple.

To make a harvest spice, ruffle a glass of maple syrup and cinnamon sugar and add ice cubes. If you have a cocktail mixer, add 1.5 oz bourbon, 1 oz apple cider, ¼ oz lime juice and a splash of maple syrup to the mixer and shake with ice. Pour over the ice in your glass and top with 1 oz of ginger beer. If you do not have a mixer, put all the ingredients straight into your glass and stir.

Make it family friendly: Double cider, lime and maple syrup for a sweet and spicy mocktail.

Enjoy these winter drinks with the family or on a Zoom cocktail evening with friends!

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