Traditionally served over Yuletide, this warming, slightly spicy and oh-so sweet drink is perfect for your Christmas in July celebrations.
- 1/2 C milk
- 1/2 C cream
- 6 egg yolks
- 2/3 C sugar
- 1/2 - 3/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 C milk
- 1 C cream
- 1/2 - 1 C spiced rum
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- In a small bowl, combine 1/2 C milk and 1/2 C cream and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, nutmeg and sugar until slightly thickened.
- Heat remaining cream and milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until steaming.
- Slowly pour the milk mixture into the egg mixture, while stirring continuously.
- Return the milk mixture to a medium-low heat. Stir the mixture frequently until it thickens slightly and reaches about 80°C. Don't overheat the mixture.
- Remove from heat and immedietely add the milk and cream mixture you set aside earlier. Then strain the mixture through a sieve.
- Stir in the rum and vanilla essence.
- Serve chilled with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
*Recipe sourced from Joy The Baker.
Made with red wine, warm spices, refreshing citrus and just a little sweetness, this is just the drink to get you through the winter chills.
- 750ml dry red wine
- 1 orange, sliced
- 8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 star anise
- 2 - 4 Tb sugar
- 1/4 C brandy, optional
- Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
- Cook the wine until it just barely reaches a simmer. Avoid letting it bubble or the alcohol will cook out.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes to 3 hours.
- Strain the mixture.
- Taste the wine and add more sugar if necessary.
- Serve warm.
*Recipe sourced from Gimme Some Oven.
This simple recipe makes a wonderful cup of spiked coffee to keep you warm on even the coldest of night. Finish off your drink with shaved chocolate for an extra indulgence.
- 3 Tb whiskey
- 1 - 2 Tb sugar
- 3/4 C freshly brewed hot coffee
- Whipped cream
- Pour the whiskey into a heat-proof glass and add the sugar. Add a splash of coffee and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the rest of the coffee, stir and taste. Add additional sugar, to taste.
- Top with whipped cream and enjoy.
*Recipe sourced from Cookie and Kate.
Hot Buttered Rum
As odd as this drink may seem, it is a popular choice to ward off the cold overseas. The mixture of aromatics and dark rum is sure to warm you up in a jiffy.
- 2 C water
- 1/4 C butter
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2/3 C dark rum
- Bring water, butter, sugar and spices to a boil over a high heat.
- Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and stir in rum.
- Serve and enjoy.
Recipe sourced from Epicurious.
Kahlua Hot Chocolate
Looking for a warm, creamy and chocolatey drink? Then why not indulge in a yummy cup of hot chocolate, spiked with some grown up juice?
- 2 Tb sugar
- 2 Tb cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 2 C milk
- 2 - 4 Tb Kahlua
- In a small saucepan, mix together sugar, cocoa and cinnamon. Gradually mix in milk.
- Simmer until heated through.
- Remove from heat and stir in Kahlua.
- Ladle into mugs and serve.
*Recipe sourced from Taste of Home.
If the winter blues have you feeling a touch under the weather, then warm up with a classic hot toddy. The honey, lemon and spices will have you in top form in no time.
- 50 ml whiskey
- 3 tsp honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 lemon, half juiced and half sliced
- 2 cloves
- Whisk the whiskey and honey together and divide between two glasses.
- Add half a cinnamon stick to each and top with boiling water.
- Add a splash of lemon juice.
- Finish with a slice of lemon and a clove.
- Serve immediately.
*Recipe sourced from BBC Good Food.
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