Warm Up Your Winter With These Decadent Spiked Hot Drinks
Nothing fights off the winter blahs like curling up with a piping hot drink. Add splashes of a sweet booze, and you have the perfect dessert plus after-dinner drink combination. Or, put these drinks into your weekend brunch repertoire. If you really need a boost, adding an ounce of vodka for a heftier drink is an option.
Get ready to meet your new favorite wintertime sipping indulgences.
Salted Caramel Irish Cream Coffee
Add 8 ounces of brewed hot coffee to a coffee mug. Pour in 2 ounces of Irish Cream (we’re loving Kerrygold) and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of salted caramel — about 1 or 2 teaspoons depending on your sweet tooth. Can’t find salted caramel? It’s a cinch to make on your own. Sprinkle sea salt or kosher salt on top of the caramel and then add it on top of the whipped cream. For a sweeter touch, considering stirring in a little caramel into the drink, too.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Want to try the cup of warm bliss that is inspiring accolades online? Cozy up to a glass of red wine hot chocolate — a luscious mix of red wine and homemade hot chocolate. Add 2 cups of whole milk to a medium heavy-duty pot and warm over medium-high heat. Watch it very carefully (you don’t want it to curdle) and as soon as the milk begins to come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and stir in 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, and 1/4 teaspoon ground of cinnamon. Whisk until the cocoa and chocolate are dissolved — a few minutes. Turn off the heat and pour in 1 1/2 cups of red wine. While any wine will do, Shiraz or Merlot work best. Ladle the mixture into two mugs and top with marshmallows or whipped cream.
Toasted Marshmallow Amaretto Coffee
Add 6 ounces of hot coffee to a mug along with 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk and 1 ounce whole milk. Zap in the microwave briefly and then stir so the condensed milk melts. Mix with 2 ounces of Amaretto liqueur. While you can drop a few marshmallows into the drink, bring it up a notch by topping with toasted marshmallows. To make them, place foil over a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Add a handful of mini marshmallows and place under a preheated broiler until golden — about 2 to 3 minutes depending on your broiler. Scoop up and drop into the coffee.
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