Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to hide away indoors. Winter is my favorite season to get out and explore. The snow, ice, and overly friendly chickadees willing to eat from my palm make this a wonderful time to camp. All you need is some special winter gear to keep you toasty and some warm winter cocktails to shake off the chill!

Black Cherry Bourbon Hot Chocolate

For this delicious spin on a classic, you’ll need:

  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 5 T. hot chocolate mix
  • 2 oz. Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon (or regular bourbon, if you prefer)
  • Whipped cream and chocolate shavings to top
    Start by heating the hot chocolate mix and milk in a small pot. You don’t want to let it boil, only heat until it starts to steam. Divide the bourbon between two cups, then add in the hot chocolate and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
    Source: Sugar & Soul http://www.sugarandsoul.co/2014/10/black-cherry-bourbon-hot-chocolate.html

Mulled Wine

This classic is a favorite for a reason! To make this at home (or wherever you are!) you’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • ¼ c. brandy
  • ¼ c. water
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick*
  • 2 cloves*
  • 2 star anise*
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
    *or 2 T. mulling spice
    Mix all ingredients except for the lemon and orange in a saucepan. Juice the lemon and orange and add to the mixture, then slice the leftover fruit. Heat the mixture until it comes to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Serve hot with slices of fruit.
    Source: Jo Cooks http://www.jocooks.com/other/drinks/mulled-wine/

Hot Buttered Rum

I don’t know about you, but hot buttered rum is one of the most delicious drinks I’ve ever come across. The flavour is just right for those cold, snowy evenings, and the smell fills the room. To get this one going, you’ll need:

  • ½ c. unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ t. ground nutmeg
  • A pinch ground cloves
  • A pinch salt
  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 6 oz. boiling water
  • Whipped cream and cinnamon to top
    Ok, so this one is a two part process. First, you need to make the batter. I’d recommend making a solid batch and storing it in the fridge for later indulgences.
    In a bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. 
When you want to make a steaming hot mug of buttered rum, take two heaping tablespoons of the batter and place in a mug. Next, add the rum and boiling water. Top it off with as much whipped cream as you like and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
    Source: The Kitchen is My Playgound http://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2015/12/how-to-make-hot-buttered-rum.html

Hot Toddy

The good old fashioned Hot Toddy is one of my absolute favorites. It’s perfect for the cold weather — especially when you’re feeling under the weather. All you need is:

  • 1 oz. whiskey (I prefer Canadian rye)
  • 1 T. honey
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • ¼ c. boiling water
    Mix all ingredients in a mug and enjoy!
    Source: Epicurious http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/hot-toddy-23382

Non-alcoholic Mulled Cider

Whether you’ve got kids or you’d just prefer not to drink, it’s always a good idea to keep a non-alcoholic recipe under your cap. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ t. ground cloves
  • 8 allspice berries
  • ½ c. maple syrup
  • Peel of one orange
  • Peel of one lemon
    Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Serve hot, and add a bit of rum if you like.