Irish Coffee & More Winter Warmers
Food and Drink

Irish Coffee & More Winter Warmers

With much of the country suffering through another bout of the winter blues, stay warm and relaxed with hot cocktails. With the mercury in negative territory, consider these classic hot cocktails that are easy to make and worth inserting into your repertoire while entertaining guests or a relaxing night at home!

Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

Courtesy of Irish Central,

"While the exact origins of whiskey and coffee are unknown, the classic, modern Irish coffee originated in 1943 when Ireland-based chef and bartender Joe Sheridan was asked to create a hot beverage for passengers aboard a Pan Am flight bound for New York that was forced to turn back to Ireland due to bad weather. Sheridan added a little Irish whiskey and pouring cream to his passenger's coffee.

The cocktail was brought to America by Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, after sampling the drink by Sheridan at the Shannon Airport bar. Delaplane convinced Jack Koeppel, owner of the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco to put Irish coffee on the menu. The Buena Vista Cafe now serves up to 2,000 Irish coffees per day. "

2 sugar cubes

1 ½ ounces Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey

6 ounces brewed coffee

heavy cream, lightly whipped

Fill a glass with very hot water to preheat the vessel, then empty. Pour the hot coffee into the glass. It should be about three-fourths full. Drop in the sugar cubes. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Add whiskey. Top with a collar of lightly whipped cream by pouring gently over a spoon. The coffee concoction should be sipped through the floating cream.

Hot Buttered Rum

"Winter can be an endless, freezing drag. Nothing helps melt through seasonal malaise like a classic Hot Buttered Rum cocktail. It’s both sweet and warm, which is just the kind of comfort you want on the coldest days of the year."

Serves 4


3/4 cup rum

2 cups boiling water

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Pinch of salt

4 sticks cinnamon, for garnishing and serving

In a medium bowl, add honey, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Mix with an electric mixer. Add the rum and boiling water. Stir until the butter-and-spice mixture dissolves. Serve warm, garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Classic Hot Toddy

"A good Toddy has been known to jump-start mornings, cure colds and play furnace on a frigid evening. The secret to making the best hot toddy is simple—just tinker with the amount of lemon juice and honey until it suits your taste buds."

Serves 1


16 ounces boiling water

4 cloves

1 lemon twist

2 teaspoons Demerara sugar or brown sugar

1/4 ounce lemon juice

2 ounces bourbon, rye whiskey, Irish whiskey or Scotch

Fill a mug with half of the boiling water and let stand for up to two minutes. Keep the remaining water boiling. Stick the cloves into the lemon twist and set aside. Empty the mug and fill it about halfway with boiling water, then add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add lemon twist and stir, then add lemon juice and whiskey. Stir and serve.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

"When the weather’s cold and you need a warming pick-me-up, nothing beats a good hot chocolate. Adding a dose of liquor to your mug creates a rich, satisfying cocktail after a long day or a decadent after-dinner treat."

Serves 1


2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

6 ounces milk, heated

1 1/2 ounces spirit of choice

Garnish: mini marshmallows

Put the chopped chocolate in a coffee mug. Pour hot milk into the mug and let stand for 2 minutes until the chocolate melts. Stir until smooth. Pour in the spirit of your choice and stir to combine. Garnish with mini marshmallows.

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