Hot buttered rum is even better with warm cider.
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This warm cocktail is spiked with bourbon and ginger liqueur. Cracked black pepper underscores the ginger's subtle burn.
The classic Boulevardier is a favorite of ours: it's like a Negroni, but with whiskey instead of gin. In this variation, the combination is served warm, stirred into a steaming saucepan of hot apple cider.
Warm riesling is delicious when steeped with honey, lemon, and cardamom.
As with any variation on hot buttered rum, this drink is about execution. Using a simple batter made of creamed butter and brown sugar makes sure you get the flavor of the butter without the dreaded oil slick on the top of your cocktail.
This recipe amps up the classic mulled cider with a heck of a lot of ginger, which gives it a spicy quality perfect for cold nights.
If you don't have mezcal on hand, you can still make this spicy and delicious hot chocolate—try using aged rum or tequila.
Forget wussy crumbled bacon on top. For this one, we emulsify bacon fat right into the drink. If you like Nutella and you like bacon, this spiked hot chocolate is the one for you.
The key to great roasty Guinness flavor? Reduce it on the stovetop into a concentrated syrup first.
Real butterscotch makes this spiked hot cocoa delicious.
Tequila and mint come together for an icy-hot punch in this spiked hot chocolate.
Rich hot chocolate with orange, Grand Marnier, and pisco—like a foil-wrapped chocolate orange, but better.
This drinking chocolate is rich and intense—serve it in a tiny espresso cup to avoid overdose.
"The problem with most cider drinks is that they just hang around on a hot plate all day," says Smith-Mattsson, "so the flavors get too concentrated." Here, he allows Laird's Bonded Applejack "to do most of the work," delivering powerful apple flavor and the fruit's crisp acidity without that all-too-familiar boiled-down sweetness.
This mulled wine is heavy on citrus and anise flavors thanks to a generous squeeze of orange and a complex blend of spices.
There's more to mulling cider than swirling in a couple sticks of cinnamon. This spice blend yields a balanced, flavorful cider while remaining true to the base flavor of apples.
It's easy to make your own hot chocolate mix.