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Cocktails best Cocktails for Cold Nights

When the cold nights appear and one wishes for a cocktail to sooth the soul and keep them warm, a hot tasty cocktail or two might be just what the doctor ordered. There are a host of different ways to prepare a hot cocktail, just as there are a great number of alcoholic beverages to choose from. This is not the time for icy cold adult beverages, one needs something to warm the insides. Contrary to popular belief bourbon is not the only legitimate choice for a warm cocktail (otherwise known as a toddy). A host of people prefer scotch, rum, gin or other types of liquor.

It simply comes down to your own personal preference. A hot cocktail is often made from a chosen liquor, boiling water, lemon juice and sugar. Back in days gone by, a hot whiskey cocktail was extremely popular. One simply mixed 2 cups boiled water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 shots of whiskey and mixed this all together. But with the various types of liquor available these days, the old ‘whiskey cocktail’ is not as popular as it once was. The recipes below are more modern versions of hot cocktails which will warm you to your very toes.

Ski Lift:

The Ski Lift will take you to the tropics in one sense, while allowing you to enjoy a warm cocktail which will be heaven to the taste buds. This recipe is fruity, hearty and absolutely delicious. With a lovely blend of peach and coconut as well, one will be on the second cocktail in a hurry.

1 oz coconut rum

1 oz peach schnapps

Hot chocolate

Whipped Cream

Shredded Coconut

Pour the peach schnapps into a tall Irish Coffee Glass. Now

fill the glass with hot chocolate. Add some whipped cream and sprinkle the coconut flakes over the top. Enjoy!

Hot Apple Cocktail:

Ah the taste of cider is wonderful. Sit down on a cold evening with this delightfully delicious warm cocktail which is sure to please. The Hot Apple Cocktail will make you feel all warm and cosy.

I tsp sugar

2 oz whiskey or apple brandy

Lemon wedge for garnish

Hot apple cider

2.3 whole cloves for garnish

Cinnamon stick for garnish


Coat the bottom of a tall Irish coffee glass with some honey. Add the apple brandy or whiskey then fill with the hot apple cider. Stir well, garnish and enjoy!

Tom & Jerry:

A Tom & Jerry will warm you up quick smart. This delightful cocktail is a classic of a winter cocktail. It’s sweet, warm and frothy and flavoured with dark rum, usually cognac. But any type of brandy can be substituted. Best made with hot milk as it’s thicker then.

½ oz syrup or 1 tsp powdered sugar

2 eggs

1 oz dark rum of your choice

1 oz Cognac or brandy

Hot milk or hot water

Grated nutmeg or cinnamon.

Separate egg white from the yolk and beat these separately. Fold them together now and place in a tall Irish coffee glass. Add the syrup or sugar, brandy and rum. Top with hot milk or hot water and garnish with the nutmeg or cinnamon.

Café Amore:

Café Amore is a delcious warm, nutty cocktail which will be hard to put down. This is a great blend of Cognac, almond and coffee. You will definitely fall in love with this cocktail, thus the name.

1 oz amaretto

1 oz Cognac

Black coffee

Whipped cream

Shaved almonds.

Pour the Cognac and amaretto into a tall Irish coffee glass

Fill this with hot water

Add some whipped cream and garnish with the shave almonds. Delicious!

If you were to ask me if I’d ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I’d have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead.

~~Luis Bunel~~