Saturday, January 16, 2016

Heartwarming Winter Cocktails and Toddies

With winter in full swing in the north, I'm sharing a few of my favorite winter drink recipes with you today. I served all of these over the holidays and will continue to do so as we make our way through the long winter. Give them a try. You'll find them great on a cold winter day.

A number of the recipes use the Smirnoff brand of caramel vodka. It's an excellent choice and doesn't add additional sweetness the way butterscotch schnapps does, but the two can be substituted as needed.

Hot Apple Cider Caramel Toddy
This one makes a great after dinner drink, and hits the spot after you've been out in the cold and snow.
4-6 ounces warm apple cider
2 ounces Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka

Add the warm cider to a small mug and stir in the caramel vodka. Make sure the cider isn't too hot.

For my full list of hot toddies check out my prior post.

Apple-Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
A perfect start to gathering or festive dinner party. 
1 ounce apple juice or cider
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
Champagne or Prosecco

Mix the juices and orange liqueur (triple sec, curaƧao, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier) together. Pour into champagne flute and top with champagne or prosecco. Serve with a twist of orange peel.

An elegant twist on the always popular tart Appletini.
2 ounces Smirnoff Kissed Caramel Vodka
4 ounces apple juice or clear cider
cinnamon stick

Fill a shaker with crushed ice. Add the vodka and apple juice. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into Martini glass. Add a cinnamon stick as the stir.

Cider Rum Butterscotch Collins
This drink can be served cold or warm. 
2-3 ounces dark rum
4-5 ounces apple cider
1-2 ounces butterscotch schnapps

Mix the ingredients together and pour over ice in a tall Collins glass. Alternatively, warm the cider and pour into serving mug. Stir in the rum and schnapps.

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