After some beautiful autumn days, the first cold spell has arrived in Switzerland. The temperatures fell below 5 degrees and the first frost arrived. They have started installing the Christmas lights in the city center and I won’t have to tell you that the stores are already filled to the brim with Christmas candy and decorations. Winter is near and to give it a due welcome, I felt it was time to leave the ice in the freezer and stir up some delicious winter drinks to keep you warm.
This post is sponsored by thebar.com
The following two Christmas cocktails that I found via the thebar.com are not only delicious they are also really easy to make. While the Hot Toddy is great for a calm evening on the sofa, the Glühwein is perfect for serving at a gathering with friends or family.
Winter Drink #1: The Hot Toddy
As I love Whiskey, I had to try the Hot Toddy. While it sounds somewhat old-fashioned, I actually believe that this winter could become the Hot Toddy’s time to shine. It’s a simple drink, but with just a few simple ingredients it provides the perfect remedy against cold feet after coming home from a winter walk through the woods. If there was one song that fits perfectly with this drink it would be Winter is Coming by Radical Face… Oh, and did I mention Whiskey? I used some Bulleit 95 Rye to make this Hot Toddy, but you can basically use any scotch or bourbon.
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 5 cl Whiskey
- 3 cloves
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 cl lemon juice
- approximately 5cl hot water
- 1 slice of lemon
Pour the honey into a heat-proof glass using a bar spoon and add the Whiskey, cloves and lemon juice. Fill the mixture up with boiling water and stir slowly. Garnish the drink with a slice of lemon and enjoy your Toddy while it’s hot.
Winter Drink #2: The Glühwein
Who does not like mulled wine? It’s sweet, it’s warm, it smells delicious and it immediately puts you into holiday mode. Personally, Glühwein will always remind me of that winter, when my roommate and I would heat up cheap, pre-made mulled wine on the old gas stove in the kitchen of our flat share to fight the Berlin grey and cold.
Today we live in different cities and the Zurich winter is much more bearable than the one in Berlin. We also grew out of the cheap, pre-made mulled wine phase. So it’s time to start making Glühwein from scratch. It’s a perfect welcome for dinner guests. To make it a bit more special you can add a little bit of Dry or Sloe Gin upon your guests’ arrival.
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 60ml Sloe or Dry Gin
- 750 ml red wine
- 2 oranges
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick and some for decoration
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 pinch grated nutmeg
Slice one orange into halves and put it into a pot. Add the red wine, sugar and the spices and heat the mixture. Stir it occasionally to keep it from boiling. Remove the pot from the stove and add the gin. Strain the mulled wine into heatproof glasses and add a cinnamon stick and a slice of orange for decoration. Cheers!
Find these and more Christmas and winter drinks on thebar.com, who were so kind as to sponsor this post. All opinions posted remain my own.