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There is a nip in the air that says summer is fading fast. Cooler weather means it's time to enjoy my favorite red wines, stouts & porters, brandies and cognacs...(not that I don't other seasons as well)

 

I stumbled upon Hot Brew: Winter and Holiday Hot Coffee and Espresso Drink Recipe Guide which prompted me to start a thread:

 

What is your favorite Winter Cocktail?

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Mornings:

 

SALUT SOLEIL:

• 1 oz Gold or Dark Rum (currently, that's Appleton Reserve or Kraken)

• 1⁄4 oz Marteau

• 1⁄4 oz Cointreau

• 1⁄4 oz Creme de Noyaux

 

Add to 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee, with or without cream and sugar.

 

Evenings:

 

FLANNEL SHEETS:

• 1 oz Goldwasser or similar cinnamon schnapps (Hot Damn 100 is an economical substitute)

• 1⁄2 oz Hazelnut liqueur.

 

Add to 1 cup of hot cocoa.

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Demanda... :devil:

 

 

 

A friend of mine likes sipping on gin in the Fall and scotch in the winter.

 

 

Aside from tea and the occasional coffee I don't dig warm or hot drinks, but in the very rare occasions that it snows down here I like sipping on a fruit brandy.

 

Absinthe in tea sounds appealing to me and I'll probably try that when it gets cooler here.

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Blue blazers, Tom and Jerrys, Hot buttered rum, Wassail.

 

Experiments with hot absinthe have been darin-pours at best.

 

I have been working on making a modern-bar friendly version of the colonial "flip". Beer, sugar, and rum, (sometimes egg with cream), mixed together and heated with a red-hot cast-iron lagerhead.

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Been meaning to respond to this thread for weeks.

 

Like others, I tend to gravitate toward the heavier spirits in the cooler months. Nothing wrong with sipping a nice cognac, whiskey, or rum neat in a glass, but I love these in cocktails as well. A few that I've been drawn to recently: the Sazerac (of course), the Manhattan and its many variations (Brooklyn, Red Hook, Greenpoint, etc.), Old-Fashioned, Improved Holland Cocktail, Widow's Kiss, Vesper, Fourth Degree, East India Cocktail, Jack Rose, Pisco Sour, Champagne cocktail, and the Seelbach--with my new bourbon obsession, Old Weller 107, and Bitter Truth Creole bitters. Yum.

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For fall and winter, it's hard to beat a Widow's Kiss:

 

3/4 oz Benedictine

3/4 oz yellow Chartreuse

1.5 oz calvados

 

Stir, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a brandied cherry.

 

It's like honey and apples. And booze.

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For fall and winter, it's hard to beat a Widow's Kiss:

 

3/4 oz Benedictine

3/4 oz yellow Chartreuse

1.5 oz calvados

 

Stir, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a brandied cherry.

 

It's like honey and apples. And booze.

 

 

 

One of my favoirtes. But I add a dash or two of Angostura.

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For a a nice and easy winter cocktail I'd recommend Rumpleminze and hot chocolate. Perfect if you're spending any time outdoors in frigid temperatures!

 

 

My brother tried Green Chartreuse in hot chocolate a few times. He liked it.

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Not really a cocktail, but I'm partial to Gluhwein - that stuff'll warm y'up.

 

I'm a fan of Gluhwein as well. We make it for every holiday get together from an old family recipe. This is pretty much the only thing I drink on cold winter days/evenings.

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