As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, it’s time to switch the prosecco for something a little more warming…
1. Hot Buttered Cider
This delicious drink is perfect for chilly nights in front of the fire.
Combine 8 cups of apple cider and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar in a large saucepan. Make a spice bag by tying 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon of allspice, 1 teaspoon of cloves and the peel from 1 lemon into a square of cheesecloth, then drop into the pan and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot with ½ a teaspoon of butter stirred in.
2. Irish Hot Chocolate
Chocolate and alcohol – what’s not to love?
Make your hot chocolate with warm milk, then add a splash of your favourite Irish liquor and top with cream.
3. Tennessee Cherry Cocktail
Cherries add just the right amount of sweetness to this warming whiskey drink.
Pit and half 6 dark cherries and add them to a glass with 1 teaspoon of chocolate syrup, ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a shot of whiskey. Muddle together and enjoy.
4. Old Fashioned
The ultimate cold weather drink!
Add 1 teaspoon of sugar, a dash of bitters and an orange slice to a glass then mix together. Pour over a shot of bourbon and mix in ice cubes. Garnish with a cherry and sip slowly.
5. Winter Fruit Sangria
A summer classic reworked for the colder months with cranberries and brandy.
In a saucepan, combine 6 sliced dried figs, 6 sliced dried apricots, ½ a cup of dried cranberries and ½ a cup of raisins with ¼ a cup of brandy and 2 tablespoons of honey. Cook over a low heat until simmering, then remove. Allow to cool slightly, then add a 750ml bottle of a red wine like Rioja or Merlot and stir. Refrigerate for 24 hours then serve with soda water and ice cubes.