Spicy Cocktails for Cold Nights

Mmmm, it’s getting cold outside. The leaves are crunchy under the feet and the breeze is crisp. After a brisk walk by the lake, an afternoon raking leaves or a cold commute home after waiting for the train, sometimes you need something warming to heat you back up from the inside out. And what’s better than a spicy, tasty adult libation? Not much! Here are a few good recipes to try with some great fall ingredients and warming liquors.

Brandy Cider

Put one ounce of brandy into a brandy snifter over ice and top with cider.

Cider Cup

Combine 2 ½ ounces of cider, ¼ teaspoon of sugar, ½ ounce each of brandy, pineapple juice, sweet sherry, and lemon juice in a 10 ounce highball glass. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then top up with soda water and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve with a straw.

Irish Coffee

Mix 1 ounce Irish whisky and sugar to taste in a mug. Top with hot coffee and cream.

Good old-fashioned Glogg (Scandinavian spiced red wine, served warm) is great too. And if you’re chilled through to your bones, a shot of dark rum or whiskey certainly won’t hurt you!