Friday, December 19, 2008

Need a Hot Toddy?

One of the things I enjoy about winter is having a hot toddy on a cold night by the fireplace!

Forget the TV, get a book, your reading glasses, a comfy chair and a nice glass with your favorite drink.

Here are a couple of my warm ones..................

Irish Coffee

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey
  • Hot Coffee

Pour whiskey into a mug rimmed with sugar. Fill 3/4 of the way with coffee. Fill the rest of the mug with whipped cream until it is even with the rim. Now one neat thing in Mexico is the Cream that is called Crema para Batir. It is so much better than the stuff sold in the US, It is close to Manufacturers Cream that is sold for restaurants and bakeries etc. It is supper rich and a small amount goes a long way. It make a great topping for that Irish Coffee.....

Mexican Coffee

1 oz. Dark Rum or Tequila your choice
1 oz Kahlua
Sugar to Taste

In a footed mug add the rum, Kahlua and sugar. Fill with coffee and stir gently. Top with a bit of whipped cream if you have sweet tooth.

If you think it will keep you up then: How about a Hot Brandy

Hot Brandy

  • 1 cube Sugar
  • 1 piece Orange Peel
  • 2 oz Brandy ( my Fav is E&J) but use a good one!
  • 1 oz Boiling water

Fill glass with hot water, add sugar, add brandy , twist the orange or lemon, stir with spoon for a few seconds, and enjoy.

The Hot Brandy does wonders for a lot of ailments. It seems to help my sore throats, and flu symptoms. Or at least after one or two, I don't seem to care that it's cold outside...................

And for a traditional group punch bowl drink,

Egg Nog

3 Cups Gold Rum
1 Cup Dark Rum
2 Quarts Half & Half
1 Cup Sugar
12 Eggs
4 tsp. Vanilla Extract

In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs until light.
Add the sugar, then the half & half, rums, and vanilla. Cover and chill over night.

Take out of fridge about 1/2 hour before serving.

Serves 20

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