Special of the day: Hot Toddies for the Holidays

05 Dec Special of the day: Hot Toddies for the Holidays

Happy Holidays Hot Toddies

Hoping to chase away the chill in the air and spice up your holiday season this year? Ditch your ice cube trays and high ball glasses, ‘tis the season for a hot toddy!

Traditionally made with boiling water, a sweetener such as sugar or honey and some sort of spirit, many hot toddies offered in bars now are concocted of coffee, tea or cider, flavored with spices and spiked with bourbon, whiskey, rum, or sherry. Aficionados will tell you the quality of liquor definitely matters in a hot boozy beverage, and taking the time to rim glasses or garnish drinks with attractive and appetizing accoutrements will make your signature cocktail all the more special this time of year.

Whip up some warm hospitality by making a batch of hot buttered rum batter ahead of time and keeping it on hand in the fridge. Then when drop-in guests pop over, all you have to do is put the kettle on, break out the bottle of rum, and let the good times roll…

Simple by design, this week’s recipes require relatively few ingredients and minimal prep time to stir up some jolly holiday cheer at home. Raise a glass and toast the holidays with this week’s Special of the Day: Hot Toddies for the Holidays and recipes for Hot Buttered Rum, Happy Holidays Hot Toddies and Hot Appletini Tamales. Cheers!

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

(makes 6 drinks, recipe can be doubled)

½ cup real butter, softened

¼ cup dark brown sugar

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

6 ounces dark rum

4 ½ cups boiling water

Using electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, spices and vanilla until well-mixed. (Can be made ahead. Keep covered in refrigerator until ready to mix drinks.)

Scoop one rounded tablespoon of prepared hot butter rum batter into each glass mug. Add 1 ounce of dark rum in each mug. Pour enough boiling water into each mug to fill ¾ full. Stir to mix. Serve hot with stir sticks or spoons for stirring. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, if desired. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays Hot Toddies

Happy Holidays Hot Toddies

(makes 6 drinks)

6 tablespoons White Hot Chocolate Mix (Albertsons)

2 ½ cups hot water

6 ounces Crème de Menthe liqueur

6 mini candy canes

red or green sprinkles for garnish

Rim stemmed heat-proof glasses with red or green sprinkles. (Dip glasses upside down into dish of water, then dip each glass upside-down into dish of sprinkles to coat rims of each glass.) Combine white hot chocolate mix with hot water in heat-proof bowl and stir until well-mixed. Add Crème de Menthe and stir to combine. Garnish with mini candy canes. Enjoy!

Hot Appletini Tamales

Hot Appletini Tamales

(makes 6 drinks)

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. sugar

2 ½ cup apple cider

6 ounces cinnamon schnapps

3 ounces brandy

Combine cinnamon and sugar in small bowl. Rim stemmed heat-proof glasses with cinnamon sugar. (Dip glasses upside down into dish of water, then dip each glass upside-down into dish of cinnamon sugar to coat rim of each glass.) In medium saucepan over medium high heat, heat apple cider to a simmer. Remove from heat. Add cinnamon schnapps and brandy and stir to mix. Pour into stemmed heat-proof glasses. Garnish with fresh tart apple slices, if desired. Enjoy!

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com. Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.

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