In much of the country, temperatures hover around freezing and the ground is blanketed in snow. Elsewhere, it’s T-shirt weather. But regardless of your current location, this is winter dammit, and people need hot cocktails to help them persevere until spring. Classics like the hot toddy and mulled cocktails are always a good decision, so we’ve got both, plus a couple other select drinks to keep you warm all winter long. Because it’s cold out there, these cocktails are hot, and that’s all the justification you need to knock back a few of the below.
2 oz Facundo Eximo Rum
1 oz Ruby Porto
1 tsp white sugar
Place port, orange, and cloves in a small pot. Warm and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes, but do not allow the liquid to boil. Pour contents into a snifter or stemless wine glass. Add rum and stir. Add sugar and serve warm.
by Meghan Dorman, The Bennett (NYC)
1 oz Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
.5 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
1 tsp pumpkin butter
Temper glass or teacup with hot water. Empty the glass/teacup and add ingredients. Top with hot water, and garnish with a clove-spiked orange twist.
by Giulia Pelliccioni, co-owner/beverage director of LaRina Pastificio & Vino (Brooklyn)
1 oz NeverSink Aged Apple Brandy
1 oz Campari
.5 oz Argiolas Tremontis Mirto
.5 oz honey-clove syrup
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
Hot water, to top
Honey-clove syrup: In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine equal parts water and honey with 2 tablespoons cloves. Simmer until the consistency is syrupy and infused with clove flavor. Then, add the first five ingredients to a glass mug, and stir until well combined. Top with the hot water and garnish with a lemon wheel studded with cloves.
BLOOD ORANGE BLAZER
by Jim Meehan
4 oz brewed hibiscus tea
1 oz Banks 7 Golden Age Rum
.5 oz Hamilton Pimento Dram
.5 oz blood orange juice
Build in a preheated blue blazer mug. Garnish with a clove studded spiral blood orange peel.