The saving grace is cocktails don’t have to be chilled to be tasty. In previous years ice wasn’t readily available to most people and so they served drinks at room temperature, or even hot.
Read on for some winter warmers and get ready to treat those tastebuds.
Mexican Tea – Putting the ‘tea’ in tequila. Warm your glass and add 60ml aged tequila (golden), 15ml sugar syrup and stir in breakfast tea (hot). Garnish with a lime slice. Probably not one to be enjoyed whilst working.
Hot Grog – Rum is often associated with pirates. Pirates and sailors spent long periods of time out at sea. Presumably the rum made it a little bit more bearable. Many of us can identify with that feeling of being trapped. So why not test the theory that rum makes it better?! Add 3 bar spoons of runny honey into a warmed glass along with 30ml navy strength rum. 7.5ml freshly squeezed lime juice and 75ml boiling water. Stir well until the honey has dissolved. Garnish with lime zest.
Hot Toddy – Often described as a cold and flu cure this winter warmer is a classic. Pour 45ml whisky, 7.5ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, a spoon of runny honey (or honey syrup if you have it), 5ml sugar syrup (can be omitted depending on preference), 3 cloves and 60ml boiling water into a warm glass. Stir to combine and garnish with lemon slices or cinnamon sticks.
If you really don’t fancy a hot cocktail try this twist on a British classic.
Winter Pimms – Not just for summer! Mix equal parts Pimms with brandy and top up with apple juice (usually 1 part Pimms, 1 part brandy & 3 parts apple juice) over ice. Add a cinnamon stick and slices of orange and apple as a garnish,
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