Warm up to winter!

Warm up to winter!

Cold-weather flavours and welcome warmth: new ideas for cosy wintertime cocktails!

Hot drinks are soothing on cold winter evenings, a welcome treat after a long day at work, or on the slopes! Picture it: cocooned under a blanket on the couch, hands cupping a hot mug… Savour each sip, and breathe in spicy smells. Here are some ideas for hot drinks as flavourful as they are easy to make. These offerings feature tea, coffee and cider—mixologists’ warm drink mixers of choice!


A new take on tea

Everyone likes tea – anytime, any style! Refreshing and iced in summer heat, or soothing and meditative when its chilly outside. Anise Tea is an intense aromatic blend of black tea, spices with a dramatic splash of vodka. The ingredients? Sublime! Mediterranean herb Anise has a starring role in liqueurs like anisette, raki, ouzo, sambuca and pastis, while intensely flavoured Star Anise was brought to the West from China by Marco Polo. Star Anise is valued for its medicinal properties as a digestion aid, and its eight-pointed star shape also makes it a beautiful garnish for this cold-weather cocktail.

Anise tea

45 mL (1 1/2 oz) vodka
30 mL (1 oz) anise liqueur (like Sambuca)
180 mL (6 oz) hot black tea
10 mL (2 tsp) sugar
2 star anises

Combine all ingredients, and only one star anise in a toddy glass. Stir. Garnish with remaining star anise.


Totally cider

Enjoy a new twist on traditional grog! You’ll recognize the sweetness of rum immediately as it warms you from inside out. Add in some almond liqueur—a mixologist’s perennial go-to—which brings a touch of bitterness to this winter libation. For this recipe, heat the cider, not the rum. Quebec now boasts five kinds of ciders: still, sparkling, fire, ice and rosé. Although a still and dry variety is suggested for this drink, by all means be as creative as you want!

Hot cider

180 mL (6 oz) warmed apple cider
30 mL (1 oz) almond liqueur
30 mL (1 oz) amber rum

A cinnamon stick, for garnish

Pour warmed cider into a toddy glass. Add almond liqueur and amber rum. Stir. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


Dessert cocktail

Here’s an ideal “after” to serve to guests to warm up a cold evening. There’s always room for dessert—and this particular selection will delightfully surprise everyone! It’s best enjoyed by the fireside while munching, you guessed it, biscotti! Simple to prepare and delicious to drink, all you need to do is ask guests whether they prefer caf or decaf!

Café biscotti

30 mL (1 oz) Irish cream
15 mL (1/2 oz) spiced amber rum
180 mL (6 oz) hot coffee
Whipped cream
Chocolate sauce

Pour Irish cream and rum into a toddy glass. Add hot coffee. Stir. Garnish with whipped cream and drizzled chocolate sauce. Serve with biscotti cookies of your choice.

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