The Best Hot Drinks to Fight off the Chill

The Best Hot Drinks to Fight off the Chill

I might be channeling Yogi Berra a little bit here, but one of the best things about the weather turning cold is keeping warm. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve been running errands all weekend on a damp winter day, or if you’ve been out hunting since before sunup. That chill will seep into your bones, and getting back into a warm house where you can call it a day is one of the best feelings in the world. Why not make it better by topping it off with a hot drink?  Here are a few drinks to give you the ideal pick me up.

Alps Coffee

A good little European inspired pick me up, perfect for a cold night in the mountains.

Ingredients

8 oz. hot brewed coffee

1 ½ oz. Hazelnut Liquor

1 ½ oz. cherry brandy

2 Tbsps. whipped cream

sugar and cream to taste (optional)

grated nutmeg

chocolate shavings

Pour coffee into a 12 oz. mug. Add sugar or cream to taste. Stir in the liquor. Put the whipped cream on the top, and sprinkle with nutmeg and shaved chocolate.

Spirited Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is a fairly versatile drink, when it comes to making something to warm up a cold night while fitting a particular theme. Often all it takes is a shot of booze and the right garnish, and you got something great that is also the perfect fit to the occasion.

It’s up to the person making them on how elaborate they end up being. A nice party might demand a little more effort, but a little bit of whipped cream and sprinkle of something yummy can make it beautiful. Or you can skip all the work and take a quiet night at home where simplicity can mean total bliss. Here are a couple of quick ideas.

Adding a hit of peppermint schnapps is a great way to make some holiday hot cocoa with a kick.

Rum and pumpkin spice white hot chocolate is a great mix. We all might be tired of pumpkin spice already, but it’s a safe bet there is someone you need to keep happy who likes it.

Finally, a bit of simple chocolate goodness can be had by adding bourbon to hot cocoa, topped with whipped cream and a dash of sea salt.

A Tom & Jerry

This is a drink, not an old cartoon peppered with questionable stereotypes. The Tom & Jerry is a traditional Christmas drink that was invented sometime during 1820’s. It’s great, but not something that you can whip up easy or even make another after having a few. You actually have to make batter for it. After the fourth or fifth one, you might be better off drinking the rum straight from the bottle.

Tom & Jerry Batter

12 Eggs, separated

1 tsp Cream of tartar

2 lb Sugar

2 oz Dark Jamaican-style rum

1 tsp Vanilla extract (optional, but not really)

Whip the egg whites with the cream of tartar until they form stiff peaks.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla, and rum. When the mixture is liquid, fold it into the whites.

Fill a coffee mug with boiling water until the mug is piping hot, and then pour out the water.

Add the batter, some rum and cognac, and fill with hot milk.

Garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg (2 parts), ground clove, and ground allspice. (1 part each)

Conclusion

We aren’t talking about your ordinary hot chocolate and herbal teas here. (Not without a little something extra anyway.) There are several mixed drinks and cocktails that are best served hot. Most of them aren’t as famous as something like a Tom Collins, but these are a few that you’ll find hard to forget.