Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dedicated to My Snowbound Friends in Minnesota

Lately I've stumbled upon something of a magic formula for hot winter warmer
cocktails. Here's the rough idea:

  • 1 oz. brown booze (I'm currently liking brandy, including either Cognac, Armagnac, Spanish Brandy (especially Lepanto Solera Gran Reserva, a Jerez brandy aged in Sherry barrels), or, if you want to add a bit of a cut, Irish Whiskey, Bourbon or Canadian Whisky.
  • 1 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream (or similar substitute)
  • 1/2 oz. Frangelico(or Grand Marnier or Amaretto) This is the great variable that turns the drink in one direction or another. Lately I've re-discovered Frangelico's amazing mix of fruit and hazelnuts, and frankly, it can't be beaten for the money.
  • Cinnamon (1/2 stick)
  • Nutmeg (fresh grated, if possible)

Boil some water.

Add some combination of the delicious liquors above. (1 oz. brandy or whiskey, 1 oz. Irish cream, 1/2 oz. liqueur like Frangelico, Grand Marnier or Amaretto)

Top a 12 oz. coffee mug off with hot water, add 1/2 or a whole cinnamon stick. If you have some, grate a bit of nutmeg or a add a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to the mug. Stir quickly and cover yourself with a blanket before you drift off to sleep.

* However tempting it might be, do not add lemon juice to this recipe or you'll likely 'break' the Irish cream liquor and wind up with what my college friends liked to call a 'cement mixer,' or the equivalent of a failed Hollandaise sauce. It's not pretty.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Tim. We need to shake up the hot drink menu around my house.