One of the elements of summer we miss the most is sitting outside with friends drinking delicious Pimms jugs or mojitos. While it doesn’t feel quite right having a glass of frozen margarita when it’s freezing outside, there are actually a lot of excellent weather-appropriate cocktails for the colder months.
The Irish Coffee
A sunny weekend morning should be spent with Bloody Marys in hand, but if it’s too chilly then a classic Irish coffee is the next best thing. This works both as a boozy brunch accompaniment and as a way to kick off your evening with some caffeine (it’s like a more delicious version of a Redbull and vodka).
You will need:
- 1½ cups of freshly made coffee (*not* instant coffee: you’re better than that)
- 4 tablespoons of whiskey
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
And for the whipped cream topping (aka the best bit):
- ½ cup of thick cream
- 1½ teaspoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
Mix your coffee, whiskey and sugar together and divide into two mugs or glasses. Whip up all the ingredients for the cream topping together and dollop it on top of your coffees. Feel fancy AF. Enjoy.
Bourbon and Orange-Infused Tea
Tea time just got a whole lot more fun. Best served in a teapot to make you feel like you’re on Downton Abbey and/or to impress any guests you might have around for this after-dinner drink.
You will need:
- 1 pot of tea (preferably Rooibos, for the flavour)
- 4 shots of bourbon
- Half an orange
- 1 tablespoon of honey
Add the bourbon to your tea in your teapot, squeeze the orange into it (you can throw the peel in after too for extra flavour) and mix in the spoon of honey.
Spiced mulled wine
Don’t limit yourself to only drinking mulled wine at hip evening markets you go to every now and then; you can make it yourself!
What you will need:
- 1 bottle of red wine
- 1 orange
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 8 cloves
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 2 star anise
Cut your orange into rounds and pop all the ingredients into a saucepan. Bring your pan to a simmer on medium heat, making sure not to let it boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour. Pour your mixture through a sieve (because no one wants to accidentally bite into a clove) and serve in glasses.
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