Cocktails by the Fireplace

The colder weather has finally rolled in to Seattle. The trees are begining to glow and rains have brought a chill to the air.  I have pulled out my favorite cozy sweaters and wool socks to keep me warm.  All of these fall signifiers have me day dreaming about warming up next to a fire with good friends and a warm Autumn inspired cocktail.

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It seems that I am probably not alone in these ponderings, so here are a few favorite warm cocktail recipes to inspire you…

Apple Brandy Hot Toddies

1 1/2 cups water

3 tablesoons local honey

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 cups apple brandy of your choice

Eight 3-inch cinnamon sticks

2 Fresh apples cut in thin slices

In small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the honey until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice and apple brandy. Set a cinnamon stick in each of 8 mugs or heatproof glasses, pour in the hot liquid.  Garnish with apple slices and serve.

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Gaelic Punch

I recommend a young Irish whiskey for this recipe as it will stay smooth as it is heated

3/4 cup raw sugar

2 1/2 cup water

2 cups Irish Whiskey

Pinch of Nutmeg

Couple whole cloves and Star Anise for garnish

1-2 Lemons cut into wedges

Bring water to a low boil.  Remove from heat. Add raw sugar and stir till sugar has dissolved. Add half of the lemon wedges and muddle.  Add whiskey and nutmeg.  Stir and serve.  Garnish with lemon, cloves and float a star anise for added beauty.

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I hope these recipes inspire you to cozy in with friends or with a good book and relax on these chilly fall evenings!

 

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