Mixology – 10 Cool Weather Cocktails

I don’t know about you, but the cooler weather definitely has me in the mood
for some toasty drinks. In the fall and winter, there’s nothing I enjoy more
than coming home from work and mixing up a cool weather cocktail to warm me up
and let me unwind. That’s why I decided to chat with some bartenders,
mixologists and liquor representatives alike to compile this list of delicious
cool weather cocktails, separated up by general flavor, including:

Apple Cider | Chai | Coffee | Hot Coco | Pumpkin | Spiced

## Apple Cider Cocktails

### Orange Spiced Cider

Sent in by the people of [Ron Abuelo Rum](http://www.ronabuelorum.com/) and
[Numi Tea](http://www.numitea.com/), this easy and unique tea cocktail will
warm up your soul during those chilly days. To create, heat 8oz apple cider
until it’s very hot, then steep 1 orange spice tea bag in the cider for 5
minutes, covered. Uncover, add 2oz rum (they suggest Ron Abuelo Añejo rum) and
stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

### Heated Affair

Created by Jacques Bezuidenhout, Brand Ambassador for [Tequila
Partida](http://www.tequilapartida.com), this drink can be mixed by adding 2oz
tequila (they suggest Partida Anejo) with 6oz hot spiced apple cider. Then,
float heavy cream on top and garnish with fresh nutmeg.

### Hot Apple Pie

My friends at [Canadian Club Whisky](http://www.canadianclubwhisky.com/) sent
in this tasty recipe, which can be whipped up by adding 1.25 parts whiskey
(they suggest Canadian Club Classic 12) and .5 part Tuaca Vanilla Citrus
Liquor to a coffee mug. Top off with 4 parts hot apple cider, add whipped
cream and dust with cinnamon.

## Chai Cocktails

### Chai Amore

Sent in by Seattle-based chai company, [Jaipur
Avenue](http://www.jaipuravenue.com/) and created by Jackie Moffett of [Drink
Gal](http://www.drinkgal.com/), this recipe includes my absolute favorite non-
alcoholic cool weather drink: chai! To create your own, pour 1oz Tuaca, 1oz
amaretto and 4oz hot Jaipur Avenue Masala Chai into a mug. Stir, and top with
whipped cream (and cinnamon if you’d like!)

## Coffee Cocktails

### Irish Coffee

A popular recipe from Judith Choate’s [_A Reader’s
Cookbook_](http://www.redrockpress.com/delicious.html#readerscookbook), Irish
coffee is usually served as a late evening warmer-upper. To mix yourself up a
mug, place 6oz of hot, strong coffee in your glass. Stir in 1oz Irish whiskey
and 1tsp sugar. Spoon 3tbsp whipped cream over the top, sprinkle with cinnamon
and enjoy.

## Hot Coco Cocktails

### Peppermint Pattie

Sent in by the [Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort &
Spa](http://beavercreek.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null), this toasty
treat is simply hot chocolate with Godiva Chocolate liqueur and Rumplemintz
added to taste and topped with whipped cream. For extra garnish, use crushed
candy cane for the rim!

### Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Liqueur

Hazelnut is definitely my favorite coffee flavor, so I was pretty excited when
the folks of [Coffee-mate](http://www.coffee-mate.com) sent in this one. To
make it, combine 1 1/4 cups hot water, 5tbsp Coffee-mate French Vanilla and
3tbsp baking cocoa in a pitcher and stir until dissolved. Mix in 2tbsp coffee
liqueur and 2tbsp hazelnut liqueur. Divide between 2 mugs and top each with
whipped cream.

## Pumpkin Cocktails

### Pumpkin Patch

This tasty pumpkin-flavored treat is a fall favorite at [New Orleans’ Whiskey
Blue](http://gerberbars.com/), located in the W Hotel. To re-create it, grab a
shaker and stir in 1tspn light brown sugar, 1tspn honey, 3 dashes of pumpkin
spice seasoning and 3/4oz fresh lime juice until it’s all dissolved. Then add
1.75oz apple cider, 1.5 oz tequila (they suggest Herradura Silver) and 1 egg
white.

### Pumpkin Spice

Upscale NYC catering company, [Canard](http://www.canardinc.com)’s mixologist
Ryan Maerz suggests warming up to a Pumpkin Spice cocktail as the cool fall
weather starts to hit us. To build this beverage, mix 1 part Manuka Honey
Vodka, 1 part Stoli Vanilla, 1tbs pumpkin mash, 2 parts pumpkin spice simple
syrup, a pinch of salt and a splash of vanilla liquor.

## Spiced Cocktails

### Scandinavian Glogg

Direct from Scandinavia, this warm, sweet spiced drink sent in by [Spice
Islands](http://www.spiceislands.com) is sure to drive away the chills! This
one is going to take a little while to create, so to get started, place 1 1/2
cups vodka in a container with a tight fitting lid. Add 4 cinnamon sticks, 8
whole cloves, 1tbsp crystallized ginger, 1tsp orange peel and 2 whole nutmegs
(split each in half using a hammer). Tightly cover and let set a minimum of 24
hours, then strain. Mix flavored vodka, 2 bottles (750 ml each) burgandy wine
and 1 1/2 cups sugar in a large saucepan or stockpot. Heat, covered, but do
not boil. Serve warm and garnish each serving with raisins and silvered
almonds.

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