When the temperatures dips, it’s hard not to think of making anything other than a hot drink to enjoy with family and friends. The team has gathered a few of our favorites to share with you.
Double-Hot Chocolate Warmer
This isn’t a packet watery cocoa for the kids. It’s a fully adult dessert that you just happen to sip from a cup. A dash of cayenne pepper makes the drink extra-warming without being overtly spicy!
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 strips orange peel
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped or the mini’s to save on time
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Unsweetened whipped cream or can of ready whip
In a heavy medium saucepan, heat the milk, 1 cup cream, brown sugar, orange peel, and cayenne over medium-low heat until just simmering.
Remove from heat.
Add chocolate and vanilla; let stand 5 minutes.
Whisk until the mixture is smooth and chocolate is melted.
Return to medium-low heat; cook and stir until desired temperature.
Remove orange peel.
Pour into small teacups or a favorite mug and top with a small dollop of whipped cream or ready whip.
Traditional Hot Toddy
This one is pretty traditional but made our list because it truly warms you up! Of course it can be 2 oz of your favorite but it’s a nice traditional Toddy, thanks Todd.
- Boiling water, to fill a mug
- 4 Cloves
- 1 Lemon twist
- 2 tsp Demerara sugar or brown sugar (this is the best part!)
- 1⁄4 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 2 oz Bourbon, rye whiskey, Irish whiskey or scotch
Fill a mug with boiling water and let stand for a minute or two to warm.
Meanwhile, stick the cloves into the lemon twist and set aside.
Empty the mug and fill about halfway with fresh boiling water.
Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
Add the prepared lemon twist and stir.
Add the lemon juice and whiskey, and stir again.
Hot Buttered Rum
It just sounds like a winner right? If you haven’t tried one yet, it may your time to make at home. We are a fan too.
- 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 whole stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (you’re welcome)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch salt
- 3/4 cup spiced rum
- 2 cups boiling water
- 4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish
Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup.
Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water.
Stir until the butter mixture dissolves.
Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs.
Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve. Cheers!
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-Your Real Estate Nation Team