What could be better than curling up on the sofa with a good box set and a blanket? A brimming mug of boozy hot chocolate, a spicy glass of mulled wine or a creamy caramel latte? Thought so.
Check out our favourite hot drinks to wrap your frozen fingers around after a long day – whether you add booze or not, these winter warmers are the perfect addition to a cozy night in.
Hot Drink Recipes – Mulled Nine from NINE ELMS No.18.
A non-alcoholic indulgence which drinks like a wine as well as being the perfect ingredient when crafting a variety of cocktails. Cozy up with a glass of Mulled Nine, a wonderful drink that definitely takes the chill out of winter nights.
- 1 bottle Nine Elms No.18
- 5ml Gimber
- 1 whole dried chipotle chilli OR 1 x whole dried ancho chilli OR 1 x whole dried mulato chilli
- 1 cinnamon quill
- 2 whole star anise
- 7 whole dried allspice berries
- 3 cloves
- 60g light brown sugar
- A large orange twist
- Make a small incision in the chilli so that it’s smoky heat can more easily mingle with the liquid.
- Add all ingredients, including the chilli to a heavy bottom pot.
- Gently bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar.
- Keep at a gentle simmer for 20 minutes or so.
- Ladle into heat proof glasses.
- Garnish with another orange twist.
- The chilli can be removed early if you are concerned that the heat will become too intense
Hot Drink Recipes – Re-energising elixir with Rowse Manuka Honey
- 2 tbsp ground turmeric
- 6 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 250g Rowse Manuka 10+ Honey
- 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger (skin on)
- Place all ingredients into a sterilized jam jar and shake together until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed together.
- When ready to drink take 1 tbsp of the mixture and add to hot water with a slice of ginger and fresh lemon to accompany it.
- This mix will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the fridge.
Shelina Permalloo, Executive Chef and Owner of Lakaz Maman, Southampton and BBC’s MasterChef Winner 2012;
This comforting drink is a staple in my house throughout the year, but is definitely a great one to sip on a dark, cold day. The peppery turmeric mixed with sweet manuka honey and zingy ginger will keep your warm to ward of the winter blues.
Hot Drink Recipes – Spiced Hot Chocolate
- 30ml Mac. by Brookie’s
- 15ml Spiced Rum
- 2 x dashes of Orange Bitters
- 4 x tsp Hot chocolate powder
- 150ml Macadamia milk (or milk of your hoice)
Heat milk and mix chocolate powder in until dissolve. Add Mac., rum and bitters, stir and serve.
Hot Drink Recipes – Cosy up with the CAMPARI Hot Mulled Negroni
- 20ml CAMPARI
- 50ml Red wine
- 25ml Vermouth Rosso
- 15ml Gin
- Orange rind
- Brown sugar
- Orange peel
Heat all the ingredients in a pot/soup kettle or use a steam wand on a coffee machine for individual serves. Serve in a latte glass and garnish with orange peel.
Hot Drink Recipes – The Winter Rose from Lanique
- 50ml Lanique Spirit of Rose
- 25ml Sigognac Armagnac (or Cognac – whatever the household has to hand!)
- 50ml Cloudy Apple Juice
- 5ml Vanilla Syrup (similar to one you would use in a coffee)
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan and gently heat.
- Glassware: ideally a big brandy glass, but otherwise a rocks glass.
- Garnish: a red rose petal
- Top Tip: Burn a stick of cinnamon and lower the glass over the smoke to add a cinnamon smoke flavour to the glass.
Hot Drink Recipes – Cranes Mulled Cider
- 2 cups of apple juice
- 1 bottle of Cranes Cranberry & Lime Cider
- 1 piece of fresh ginger (peeled)
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 large orange
- Pour the apple juice and Cranes Cider into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Add the ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon stick and sliced orange.
- Stir and leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Pour into your favourite festive mug and enjoy!
Cranes Ciders are handcrafted by co-founders and twin brothers Ben & Dan Ritsema. Only the finest and most natural ingredients are used, resulting in Cranes Ciders containing 30% fewer calories and over 40% less sugar compared to brand leaders. Cranes Cranberries & Limes Cider is available from Morrisons, Asda, Ocado and Amazon.
- 50ml Palm Beach Banana and Butterscotch Rum Liqueur
- 25ml Cream Liqueur
- Top with Hot Chocolate
Add 50ml of Palm Beach Banana and Butterscotch Rum Liqueur and 25ml of your choice of cream liqueur to a mug. Separately, create your hot chocolate and when ready, also add to the mug. Top with mini marshmallows and enjoy.
Alternatively, replace Palm Beach with Hawksbill Caribbean Spiced Rum for something with a little more of a kick!
Hot Drink Recipes – Mulled Apple Juice with Pink Lady® Pomander
This Mulled Apple Juice with Pink Lady® Pomander can be enjoyed with or without the addition of alcohol – simply leave out the rum if you are going tee-total. This recipe is a truly warming tipple with seasonal spices and will keep you warm and toasty over the coming weeks.
The pomander is created by studding a Pink Lady® apple with cloves, giving the juice a real wow-factor as well as adding depth of flavour.
- 3 Pink Lady® apples
- 60g cloves
- 1.5 litres Pink Lady® apple juice
- 3 shots of rum
- Peel of 3 oranges
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- 1 star of anise
- Make each pomander by wrapping string around the Pink Lady® apple as if you are tying a bow around a present. Wrap the string around the apple three times and tie a knot to secure. Leave some long pieces of string on the top of the apple.
- Using a sharp skewer or a tooth pick, prick holes in vertical lines down the apple, then push the cloves into the holes.
- In a large pan place the Pink Lady® apple juice, rum, orange peel, cinnamon sticks, star anise and your Pink Lady® pomanders. Gently bring to a near boil, then let the juice simmer gently for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Serve hot or warm.
Hot Drink Recipes – Seven Crofts Spiced Mulled Gin
- 60ml Seven Crofts Gin
- 50ml Cranberry Juice
- 30ml Sloe Liqueur
- 150ml Mulled Wine
- Orange peel studded with cloves
First prepare the mulled wine by heating a bottle of red wine, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 star anise, 2 orange slices, 6cm cutting of noble fir, 1 tsp vanilla paste and 4 turns of rainbow peppercorns to infuse the flavours.
Allow to simmer for at least half an hour before adding the rest of the ingredients to the pot and heating through. Once piping hot, strain and pour into glasses. Garnish with an extra piece of clove studded orange peel.
- 30ml Lost Years Four Island Rum
- 90ml Hot Coffee
- 15ml Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- 15ml Simple Syrup (or alternative sweetener)
- Build all-in heat resistant glass and stir well to combine.
- Garnish with whipped cream and cocoa powder
Notes: The amount of sweetener can be altered to personal preference, and that non-dairy alternatives to whip cream could be used for a fully vegan drink. Serve by Matthias Soberon @servedbysoberon
60ml Russian Standard Vodka
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate
2 cup of milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Dash of salt
1 chilli, split in half & seeds removed
1–4 tbsp sugar / honey
In a saucepan, combine the milk, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla and melt on a low heat. Add the chilli and bring to simmer. Remove and let sit for 10 mins. Discard the chilli and stir in sugar / honey to taste. Add Russian Standard Vodka and serve.