The snow we're getting in the DC, VA, MD region is packing in this weekend and it sounds like a lot of folks are going to be trapped in their homes! It's times like that where I know while sitting by my fire hanging out with those I love and watching the snow pack in I crave something that warms the spirit as well the body.
There are several fantastic hot drinks that get you in the spirit, many are very easy. Forgotten my post about Hot Ciders? Maybe it's time to recap: Click me to check out my Hot Cider post!!!
A classic Hot Toddy is great during any cold day or even when you are feeling under the weather. The other part to that is everybody has an opinion on what type of spirit to use in this instance. Irish Whisky is great for the Hot Toddy but I prefer to use a blended Scotch, specifically for that wonderful warming peat and smoke that it provides. Try The Famous Grouse Scotch Blended Whisky. It's ideal for this sort of cocktail. Save your Pure Pot Still Irish Whiskies, Small Batch, Single Barrel Bourbons and Single Malt Scotches to drink straight or with 1 or 2 ice cubes for a day like today. Not for the Hot Toddy!
The cult classic though is obviously the Irish Coffee. The fun part about this is how easy it is to make and the variations you can create on your own. First the basics:
1 Shot Irish Whiskey
Top up with Hot Coffee
Float Whipped Cream
Tip: Heat the cream slightly and pour into the bowl of a spoon then dripping it slowly into the drink helps make it float better!
Now, if you add a 1/2 shot of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur you get a Perfect Irish Coffee. Omitting the Irish Whiskey and doing equal shots of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur and Drambuie Liqueur and you get the Irish Forty Nine Coffee. Using only a shot of Disaranno Originale Amaretto and 1/2 a shot of Khalua and you end up with the Italian Coffee. Subbing Gold Tequila for the Amaretto and you get the Mexican Coffee (Totally ROCKS).
Try making an Irish Coffee with other liqueurs such as Creme De Menth, Galliano, Sambuca, Creme De Cacao, Creme De Bannana, Grand Marnier, Chambord, or Frangelico. You'd be amazed at what you'll come up with when you just look deep into that liqour cabinet!
Hope this helps inspire someone out there to make a nice hot drink to enjoy during this very cold weather. If you don't end up at the restaurant tonight, please, stay home and whip one of these perfect tipples to warm you souls!