One way to warm your belly during Winter is to Scrooge on liquor costs with these really, really cheap wells. But for the gentleman whose gag reflex keeps him from flying with the Old Crow, there are always cold-weather cocktails. Here are 11 time-tested drinks that burn in a good way:
Cocktail: Milk & Honey
Ingredients: 1.75oz Bénédictine, milk, orange slice, cinnamon stick
How to make it: Warm milk, combine ingredients. Garnish with orange and cinnamon.
Why you need to drink it this winter: Because the bar of the same name is near impossible to get into.
Cocktail: Autumn Chai Swizzle
Ingredients: 2oz Baileys, 3oz chai, brown sugar, cinnamon stick
How to make it: Brew tea, add sugar, and stir. Fill mug with tea, top with Baileys, and stirizzle it with cinnamon stick.
Why you need to drink it this winter: It couldn't hurt to give it a chai.
Cocktail: Wassail Punch
Ingredients: 2qts lager, 1qt rum, 5oz simple syrup, 3oz lemon juice, 1tsp nutmeg, 1tsp ginger, fruit
How to make it: Combine everything but the rum and warm on low heat for 10mins, then add rum and stir. Pour liquid over fruit in a bowl. Invite people over to party.
Why you need to drink it this winter: It's way better than eggnog.
Cocktail: Warm Old Fashioned
Ingredients: 2oz bourbon, Angostura bitters, sugar cube, orange slice, maraschino cherry, splash of club soda, hot water
How to make it: Place sugar cube in glass, douse with 3 drops bitters. Muddle with cherry, orange, and club soda. Ditch the sad fruit remains, add bourbon, top with warm water. Garnish with fresh fruit.
Why you need to drink it this winter: Because drinking a regular Old Fashioned when it's 34 degrees out could give your mouth hypothermia.
Cocktail: Indian Summer
Ingredients: 2oz apple brandy, hot apple cider, pinch of cinnamon & sugar
How to make it: Mix ingredients, stir, garnish with cinnamon stick.
Why you need to drink it this winter: An apple brandy a day keeps the doctor away. Two apple brandies a day and you never have to see the doctor again for the rest of your life.
Cocktail: Oaxaca Chakas
Ingredients: 2oz añejo tequila, .75oz agave nectar, 1oz heavy whipping cream, 2oz milk, Oaxacan chocolate powder, whipped cream
How to make it: Mix in a pot, heat, and pour. Garnish with whipped cream.
Why you need to drink it this winter: You're better than schnapps hot chocolate.
Cocktail: Hot Buttered Rum
Ingredients: 1 small pat of soft butter, 1tsp brown sugar, vanilla extract, 2oz dark rum, hot water, cinnamon/spice/something nice
How to make it: Place butter and spices in bottom of a mug, or Irish coffee glass if you're fancy/Irish. Muddle, pour rum, and top with hot water.
Why you need to drink it this winter: It's the only drink you can add butter to without shame.
Cocktail: Scotch Whiskey Skin
Ingredients: 2oz Scotch, lemon peel, boiling water
How to make it: Scotch + water = awesome. Garnish with lemon peel.
Why you need to drink it this winter: The 1862 bartender's bible How to Mix Drinks says so.
Cocktail: Tom & Jerry
Ingredients: 1 egg, .5oz simple syrup, 1oz dark rum, 1oz Cognac/brandy(/Monica?), hot water/milk, grated nutmeg
How to make it: Separate egg white from yolk and give them both a severe beating. Combine with syrup, rum, and brandy. Fill with hot water, stir, top with nutmeg.
Why you need to drink it this winter: It's way, way better than eggnog.
Cocktail: Irish Coffee
Ingredients: 1oz Irish whiskey, 2tsp brown sugar, 4oz strong black coffee, whipped cream
How to make it: Stir sugar and coffee together. Add whiskey and stir again, then top with cream.
Why you need to drink it this winter: Because making one only requires a nearby Starbucks and a flask.
Cocktail: Winter Hill
Ingredients: 2 orange wedges, 2 lemon wedges, 2oz bourbon, .5oz Cointreau, 2 dashes chocolate bitters, hot water, cloves
How to make it: Muddle fruit, add ice and rest of ingredients. Shake, strain, and top with hot water.
Why you need to drink it this winter: It's like a chocolate orange in your cup.