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The best warm, boozy drinks are the ones that require little effort and only hint at alcohol. You can drink whiskey straight, or a naked martini, but do you really want your vodka steaming? Yuck! If you haven’t noticed, it’s been freezing this week. There’s apparently a bomb cyclone roaming about, which sounds terrifying but is mostly just cold. That means I’m stuck inside with my two children and two dogs with no breaks for a week. I’m going to go insane. And I’m also cold. I think that calls for a nice toasty glass of alcohol. Oh, and if you’ve stumbled upon this thinking I meant boozy drinks for warm weather, check out my ways to keep drinks cool instead. Enjoy!
List of the Best Warm, Boozy Drinks
The first time I tried mulled wine I thought I was going to hate it, but it turns out it’s delicious! Making it is not that hard although it is definitely harder than opening a bottle of plain wine and drinking it. But how many glasses of room temperature wine would it take you to get warm? Too many for your liver, my friends. Try one of these recipes or get a mulling packet (way easier) and don’t forget the cinnamon stick!
Cider and Spiced Rum
In college, I dated this terrible human being who came from a family of terrible human beings. One of them actually murdered another one, I’m not exaggerating here. Anyway, I have one bright memory from that time and it is drinking spiced rum and hot apple cider with the non-terrible sister. I don’t have a recipe for this. Just get yourself some Captain Morgan and some warm cider and mix the way your heart desires.
Hot Chocolate and…. Whatever
Hot chocolate goes with anything. In fact, I think it’s the only way you’re legally allowed to drink peppermint schnapps. (That’s a joke, non-sarcasm reading folk). Whiskey and chocolate are good, you know, and there’s plenty of flavored vodkas. I personally enjoy a regular hot chocolate packet with a dash of whiskey to spice it up, but here’s a list of a bunch of fancy ways to do it. Just don’t drown out the chocolate or you’re doing it wrong.
Coffee and Bailey’s
Yep, Irish coffee. Of course it’s one of the best warm, boozy drinks! I suppose you could drink any of them in the morning, but this one is especially good for that, if that’s your thing. If you enjoy mixing uppers and downers for dinner, then it’s a night drink too. Apparently there’s an actual recipe from Bailey’s for this, but I just add a little whiskey and a little Bailey’s, then head off to my early morning tailgate. Yeah, I only drink this one for tailgating, but it’s perfect for it!
Bonus: The Hot Toddy
Why is this one a bonus? Because I really can’t think of a reason why you’d drink it if you’re not sick. You probably shouldn’t drink when you’re sick, but if you do (no judgment from me), give this recipe a try and see if it cures your ails.
So that’s my list of the best warm, boozy drinks! Did anyone notice I mentioned murder up there? You rum drinkers are still thinking about it, aren’t you? Mulled wine people never even got to that part. Too bad for them. Besides that, what do you think? Do you have a favorite warm, boozy drink? A way to make any of these easier? Let me know in the comments!