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Drinks to warm you in cold weather

Winter beverages

From SheKnows Australia
Print these recipes and keep them on hand for next time a friend pops by on a cold winter evening. Whether you're in the mood for a spot of whiskey, wine or chocolate, all bases are covered with these three recipes for delicious winter drinks.

Mulled wine

Mulled wine

Serves 4

A traditional favourite in winter, mulled wine is a great way to enjoy a bottle of red on a cold night. This recipe should take around 30 minutes to prepare and will make one glass each for four people -- simply double the recipe if you have more guests or want to continue the festive fun!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup castor sugar
  • Orange and lemon peel (about ½ of each)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 bottle fruity red wine (Merlot or Cabernet work well)

Directions:

  1. Place the sugar, peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves into a large pot or pan.
  2. Pour in about 200 millilitres of the red wine and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Bring to the boil for about five minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for two to three minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the wine (one full bottle, or 750 millilitres, in total) and increase the heat again so the mixture is hot, but not boiling.
  5. Strain into a heat-proof punch bowl. You can choose to garnish by throwing the lemon and orange peel back into the bowl, or leave as it is.
  6. Serve immediately in mugs or heatproof glasses.

Basic Irish coffee

Serves 4

The combination of the whiskey and the coffee make for a delicious after-dinner cocktail. This will taste exceptional if you have access to top quality coffee, otherwise substitute with instant.

Ingredients:

  • 200 millilitres Irish whiskey
  • 600-800 millilitres pre-made coffee
  • 4 heaped teaspoons brown sugar
  • 250 millilitres thickened cream

Directions:

  1. Pour the whiskey, coffee and sugar into a jug or a bowl, and stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour into individual glasses.
  3. Whip the cream with an electric beater, then spoon a generous dollop on the top of each drink.

Rich hot chocolate

Serves 4

Who can say no to a mug of hot chocolate on a cold night? Beware that this concoction is super rich, so add more milk to suit your taste if necessary.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate, chopped
  • Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Place the milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a pan and warm on medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Break the chocolate into squares and stir into the mixture until it's fully melted without any lumps.
  3. Turn up the heat so the mixture is hot but not boiling.
  4. Meanwhile, fill four mugs with boiling water, let stand for a minute or so, then empty.
  5. Fill each warmed mug with the hot chocolate mixture and top with a marshmallow (or two).

More winter warmers

Tasty warming soups for winter
Orange dinner ideas
New twists on hot chocolate

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