THE HEART WARMS as the new year begins…and so do the cocktails! Cheers to everything with these comfortable and cozy concoctions as you reflect on the holidays and look forward to all that the coming year brings. Enjoy a fireside moment as you sip on these savory favorites and wind down from the holidays.
Chocolate Noggin 2 cups prepared eggnog 1 cup whole milk 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons Jamaican rum Roasted marshmallows and savory crackers Whisk together the eggnog, milk, cocoa and vanilla and stir gently over low heat until drinkably hot. Stir in the rum. Top with roasted marshmallows and savory crackers.
Hot ‘N’ Zesty 1 standard bottle of riesling wine 2 teaspoons brandy 2 tablespoons honey 2 bay leaves 1 lemon, halved 4 strips lemon zest Combine riesling, brandy, honey and bay leaves in saucepan. Squeeze lemon halves into the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer, reduce heat to lowest setting and steep for 45 minutes. Strain and serve. Garnish with lemon zest.
Resolution Solution 1 standard bottle red wine 3 cups spiced apple cider (natural with no added sweeteners) 2 star anise 1 apple, sliced into thin rounds 1 orange, sliced Cinnamon sticks Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer over low for at least 15 minutes or up to 3 hours. Strain and serve warm with garnishes.
January Thirst 2 ounces sweet vermouth, preferably Italian 1 ½ ounce amaro 1 ½ ounce strong cold-brew coffee 1 ounce simple syrup Club soda Orange slice or garnish Mix vermouth, amaro, coffee and simple syrup in a tumbler. Add ice to fill and top off with club soda. Garnish with orange wheel.