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Recipe Box: 3 Easy Winter Cocktails

I grew up in Ontario but moved to the west coast ten years ago. Winter for me here in British Columbia, well…let’s face it: it’s not really winter. Still, I like the excuse to indulge in a cozy winter cocktail or two. In my books, my heroine is a cocktail lover, big-time. Me, I usually prefer wine, but I do like to mix it up from time to time (whoops–see what I did there?).

Anyway, It’s January, and although many “winter cocktails” are distinctly Christmas-themed (and that’s no fun once Christmas is over), here are three that can be enjoyed all winter long:

White Russian

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This is a simple, creamy vodka cocktail made with coffee liqueur (like Kahlua) that makes a perfect after-supper treat. If you add amaretto, you get a variation called the Roasted Toasted Almond.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 3/4 oz milk or cream

Preparation:

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka and Kahlua over the ice and stir.
  3. Top with the cream.

 

Black Russian

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It’s difficult to get more simple than this. This is basically the White Russian, minus the cream, and it’s another yummy after-dinner sipper. It’s popular the world over, and for good reason.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz coffee liqueur

Preparation:

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka and Kahlua over the ice.
  3. Stir well.

Hot Toddy

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So this one isn’t so much a cocktail…as medicine. But since it is cold and flu season, after all (and since doctoring is my day job) I just had to include this one. Admittedly, there’s not a lot of hard science behind the pharmaceutical value of the hot toddy, but I don’t really care. I love this drink when I’m sick, and I recommend it for friends and family all the time. Besides, this recipe comes from my British parents, who know a thing or two about the value of a nice hot, medicinal drink on a cold damp night.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. whisky
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • boiling water
  • lemon slice

Preparation:

  1. Pour the whisky into a mug.
  2. Add sugar and honey.
  3. Fill the remainder of the mug with boiling water.
  4. Add the lemon slice, tuck yourself into bed with a good book, and sip.

Optional ingredients: cloves, a cinnamon stick, or star anise (as pictured above).

So how about you? Do you have any favorite winter cocktails?

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Kim Foster writes YA and adult books about thieves, spies, and assassins. (Read More)

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