Had a Snow Day? Drink! Wish you'd gotten a snow day if only the storm Mayor De Blasio foretold had visited upon Manhattan, too? Drink! Bottom line is, there was too much stocking up and not enough snowstorm, so bring some balance to the universe with a warming cocktail.
1 oz. Zacapa 23 Rum
4 oz. boiling water
1/2 oz. clover honey
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
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Combine rum, clover honey and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, then pour into coffee mug. Slowly add boiling water, stirring to mix.
Woodford Hot Apple Pie
1 ¼ oz. Woodford Reserve Bourbon
6 oz. hot apple cider
Warm apple cider in a saucepan. Pour into a coffee mug (glass is preferable) and mix in bourbon. Top with whipped cream, add cinnamon stick and sprinkle with more cinnamon.
For the next snowstorm, infuse the Woodford Reserve with apple cinnamon flavor:
750 ml bottle of Woodford Reserve Bourbon
6 oz. dried apples
2 cinnamon sticks
Mix all ingredients in a glass container. Let the mixture marinate for three days.
Homemade Hot Chocolate
1 quart milk
1 cup heavy cream
7 oz. milk chocolate
0.5 tsp. cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
Bring all ingredients to a simmer, making sure not to burn. For each mug, we recommend about half a shotglass of brandy to make it extra-warming.
Want to get even fancier? Top your hot cocoa with Amaretto-infused whipped cream:
2 cups of heavy cream
4 oz. Disaronno amaretto liqueur
2 tbsp. sugar
Combine in a bowl and whisk until firm.
Created by John McCarthy at Cedar Local.
2 oz. Brugal Añejo
0.5 oz. Demerara syrup (simple syrup made with raw sugar)
0.25 oz. water
1 dash Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a small pot on a stovetop and heat until hot. Place a lemon wheel in the bottom of a rocks glass without ice and pour cocktail over top.
Created at Pulqueria, this drink is served cold but has a spicy, warming kick.
0.5 oz. Patron XO Cafe Incendio
0.5 oz. Aperol
0.5 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. mezcal
Chilli chocolate shavings
Shake all ingredients (except chocolate) well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.