Looking to warm up and spread cheer this holiday season? Toast the New Year with one of these decadent winter beverages, inspired by timeless recipes found around the world.
Mulled wine or “Glühwein”
Roughly translated as “glow wine,” this brandy-and-red-wine concoction is served up at Christmas markets all throughout Europe. After a day spent shopping for souvenirs, a mug of hot Glühwein is the perfect way to warm up.
2 medium lemons
2 medium oranges
10 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups water
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Beaujolais Nouveau
1/2 cup brandy
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the zest from the lemons and oranges in wide strips, avoiding the white pith, and place the zest in a large saucepan. Juice the lemons and oranges and add the juice to the pan. Place the cloves and cardamom in a small piece of cheesecloth, tie it tightly with butcher’s twine, and add the bundle to the saucepan. Next, add the sugar, water and cinnamon sticks, place the pan over high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is reduced by about one-third, about 20 minutes. Add the red wine and brandy, stir to combine and bring to a simmer, right before boiling. Remove from the heat and discard the spice bundle before serving. Serves 16.
Chipotle hot chocolate
A spicy Mexican twist on a winter classic, hot chocolate has been consumed in Latin America for centuries. With the addition of cinnamon and chili pepper for a little extra kick, this drink will warm you right up on chilly mornings.
6 cups milk
2 cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper
Combine ingredients in a slow cooker set to low. Cover and simmer for 4 hours (or 2 hours on high). Whisk every hour or so and then again before serving. Serves 12.
(Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)
Rumor has it, this whiskey-spiked coffee drink was invented at Shannon Airport after a group of American passengers disembarked from a plane, freezing and miserable. The coffee was later brought to the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco, where it was popularized with the addition of a floating layer of cream.
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 jigger Irish whisky
Heavy cream, slightly whipped
Fill a coffee mug with hot water to preheat it, then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed glass until it is about 3/4 full. Add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Add in Irish whisky and stir. Top with a layer of the whipped heavy cream by pouring gently over back of spoon. Serves 1.
(Adapted from the Food Network)
What is your favorite winter drink to warm up with after a day of traveling? Tell us in the comments below!