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Best warm and boozy drinks for winter

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With the cold weather embracing the nation like a damp flannel, we're in desperate need of a winter fuel allowance. A bottle of kick. A pocket full of sunshine. Homemade warm booze. Here are some simple recipes you should try brewing up for the harsh winter nights ahead.


Boozy Irish hot chocolate

Ingredients

  • One can of Guinness
  • 100ml of Bailey's 
  • 100ml of Irish whiskey
  • One tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • One quarter of a cup of cocoa powder
  • 200ml of whole milk
  • 100g of chocolate chips/grated dark chocolate
  • A pinch of salt

Directions

Warm about 150ml of Guinness over a medium heat - don't worry if it reduces a little. In a separate pan, stir in your cocoa powder, pinch of salt and granulated sugar. Then pour in the milk, before chucking in your choice of chocolate. Keep stirring until it's a glorious warm mix of joy, then pour in the Bailey's and whiskey. Once that's mixed, pour in the heated Guinness mix. Allow it to combine, giving it a good stir, and then serve it up. Don't operate any heavy machinery after you've had a glass. 


Hodge gingerbread & stout cocktail

Jonny Garrett of The Craft Beer Channel shares his preferred winter warmer - a hot gingerbread porter cocktail. You can have this warmed, or over ice. 

Ingredients

  • 20ml of Gingerbread syrup
  • 40ml of 'Old Tom' gin 
  • A stout beer (Jonny recommends trying the Tiny Rebel Dirty Stop Out)
  • Spices (ginger, nutmeg or cloves)

Directions

Combine the syrup and gin in a mixer, and then stir in the stout. You can either mix this with ice, or gently heat it on a hob - either way, it's got enough kick to warm you up. To create a head for the drink, whisky a small amount of stout in separate glass, and pour it out on the top of your thermos. Then sprinkle on the spices of your choice. 


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Classic Irish Coffee

Ingredients

  • 150-200ml hot filter coffee (don't use an espresso, you'll nuke the whiskey flavour out of the drink)
  • 50ml Irish whiskey (ideally something dark)
  • Two tablespoons of brown muscovado sugar 
  • 50ml of whipped cream

Directions

First, brew your coffee - nothing too strong or you won't get the full effect of the whiskey. Then, dissolve the sugar in two tabelspoons of water; add the water and sugar to a pan and gently heat it until it's dissolved. Once it's created a nice syrupy fluid, stir in your whiskey in the same pan. Add it to your thermos when it's combined, and then pour the coffee in on top. You can then go to town adding your whipped cream on top. Dust it off with nutmeg, if you're in the mood. 


An Epic Hot Toddy

Ingredients

  • 50ml bourbon (something like Woodford Reserve)
  • 15ml honey syrup (just mix equal parts honey and hot water until they combine)
  • 15ml orange juice
  • 100ml hot water
  • One cinnamon stick
  • Slice of orange

Directions

Dead simple: stick your bourbon choice in the thermos (or glass, if you're not headed out) and then mix in the honey syrup, orange juice. Then chuck in your cinnamon stick and slice of orange. Pour in your hot water, stir and enjoy. 


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Skin of Gin

Ingredients

  • Honey
  • Gin
  • Three dried cloves
  • Lemon juice
  • 100ml hot water

Directions

Add the honey and two shots of gin to your glass. Give it a mix, and then add the cloves and a dash (20ml) of the lemon juice. Top off the mix with as much hot water as you'd like. 


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Buttered maple cider

Ingredients

  • Pinch of Maldon salt
  • Half a lemon
  • Tablespoon of softened butter
  • Two tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped out
  • 150ml of dark rum
  • 300ml of apple cider
  • (Half a vanilla bean pod, if you want it dead fancy)

Directions

Mix the butter and maple syrup (and vanillia pod, if you're using it) in a bowl. In a separate sauce pan, combine the rum and cider and bring to a simmer. Once heated, pour into a thermos, add the buttery goodness on top. Sprinkle the salt around the edge of the thermos rim, for added sophistication. 


Gunpowder, Treason and Port

Ingredients

  • 1 part Cockburn’s Special Reserve port
  • 1/2 part Vodka (splash of your choice)
  • Dash of brown sugar
  • Spritz of lemon

Directions

Combine the port and vodka in a pan and heat over a gentle flame. Add your lemon, and then sprinkle in the sugar to balance out the flavour to your suiting. Stir and remove from heat once all the ingredients have combined. 


beers

Or if you can't be bothered to make anything...

...here are some cracking winter warming beers, recommended by Jonny Garrett of The Craft Beer Channel.

Northern Monk Patrons Project

"A sweet coffee porter that has been brewed with coffee from Northern Star – Rwanda Gashonga washing station. It has added lactose, oats, cherries and almonds on top of the sweet rich coffee."

Marble Ginger

"A full bodied copper ale that is infused with ginger to give it an extra spicy hit. The initial nose is quite clovey with hints of coriander, not surprising as it has both infused into the beer along with the fiery ginger that gives the beer its send off."

St Bernardus abt 12

"A smooth, velvety and rich beer even for the high abv. Full of raisins, warm bread and brandy notes. A brilliant winter warmer than you can feel all the way down."

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