It’s Spring, even though it still feels like Winter, and while lockdown has been hard the cold makes self-isolation (aka hibernation) that much easier.
Spending more time at home and running out of wine might have inspired you to opt for something a little more adventurous, even if it involves digging around in the back of your booze cabinet.
Easy enough to make at home from items most of us have in our grocery cupboards, and using spirits that many of us may have neglected in the back of our liquor cabinets, here are our top Winter Warmers to snuggle up with.
BRAVE AND BOLD
Ingredients – makes two (because who likes to drink alone?)
1 1/2 cups water
1 bag chamomile tea
2 teaspoons honey
15ml Elderflower syrup
Squeeze of lemon Juice
Garnish with a lemon wedge (when life gives you lemons!)
Boil water and steep the chamomile tea for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and stir in two teaspoons of honey. Allow to cool completely. Here is the fun part: in each rocks glass stir 30ml whisky and 7.5ml of Elderflower syrup over ice. Pour 2/3 of a cup of tea into each glass and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
50ml Irish whiskey
5ml Coffee liqueur
5ml Maple syrup
2 Dashes chocolate bitters (or mix a teaspoon of cacoa powder with a tablespoon of water as a cheeky lockdown substitute)
Pour all ingredients into a shaker, add ice, shake and serve on the rocks.
LIFE’S A PEACH
30ml Apple juice
25ml Stewed peach puree (stew some dried peaches, whizz them up in the blender until they’re smooth and Bob’s your uncle!)
20ml Lemon juice
Shaken, strained and topped with ginger ale.
And if you haven’t got a drop of alcohol in your house, have no fear – you can always order a bottle of Seedlip non-alcoholic distilled spirit and make yourself a delicious alternative to a hot toddy!
50ml Seedlip Garden 108
20ml Fresh lemon juice