So you’ve stuffed yourself full of food and possibly endured an uncomfortable post-election conversation or two (for those with kids, we’ve got some pointers on talking to your kids about this). If you’re like so many other Americans, you may be preparing to wake up extra early and brave the long Black Friday lines in freezing weather. We might not be able to help you with the lines—unless you just head online to our ultimate Holiday Gift Guide—but we can definitely point you to some delicious hot cocktails to warm you up after a long day of shopping.
Apple Toddy: What’s the first cocktail you think of when you’re craving something warm to sip on during the frigid winter months? Probably a hot toddy. This classic drink has undergone many variations and you probably have a favorite recipe yourself. So this winter, cozy up with a whole new hot toddy flavor—apple.
1 tbs fine white sugar
2 oz cider brandy
½ baked apple
Fill the glass two-thirds full of boiling water and grate a little nutmeg on top.
Hot Buttered Rum: Generally, hot toddies (and their variations like the Apple Toddy) are the go-to hot cocktail, especially during the holidays. While it’s a little more complicated, why not shake things up with a hot buttered rum—sure to delight with its rich flavor and gorgeous presentation?
1 ½ oz dark Jamaican rum
¼ oz amaretto
¼ oz Grand Marnier
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp cherry brandy (optional)
Hot black tea
¼ tsp unsalted butter
Stud the orange slices with the cloves by jamming the sharp side of the spice into the fruit rind. To a large heatproof mug, add the rum, amaretto, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, cherry brandy, and 1 whole clove. Top with the hot black tea and stir. Add the butter. Drop the studded orange slices into the drink.