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Seven Boozy Drink Recipes to Warm Your Soul

Seven Boozy Drink Recipes to Warm Your Soul

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I hope you have successfully fended off the cold that the steep drop in temperature brought upon many of us.

I hope you have watched A Star is Born.

I hope you are faring well in your first HUM/SOSC papers, Econ PSETs, and midterms.

On top of it all, I hope you are finding the time to hang out with friends.

If any of the above sounds remotely foreign, read on and make one (or all) of the boozy drinks to warm your soul and body when it gets colder outside!


Cider, Next Level

Apple Cider Mimosa

Put a spin on your basic mimosa for brunch by substituting orange juice with cider. Who said you can’t compare apples to oranges? You sure can when they are mixed with some bubbly.

Read the original recipe post by Becky Hardin on the Cookie Rookie here.

1. [Optional] Dip your glass (champagne preferably, but who’s judging?) into a bowl of cider first and then coat the rim with glittering sprinkles;

2. Fill the glass with cider to ½ or ¾ full;

3. Pour in the champagne.


Spiked Cider

Pump up your cider game in 10 minutes. This spiked apple cider cocktail asks for simple ingredients, little time and is perfect for a party, study break or any other group drinking occasions.

Read the full post by Aaron Mccargo Jr. on Food Network here.

1. Pour cider, rum, and schnapps in the ratio of 1:2:2 into a large pitcher;

2. Toss diced apples in lemon juice and thread them onto skewers

3. Fill individual glasses with ice and pour in the mix; decorate with skewers!


Salty Maple Buttered Rum

Into rum but feeling more adventurous than a classic buttery rum?

Using hot cider in place of hot water might be a good place to start. Read the original post on Serious Eats here.

  1. Rim the mug/glass with lemon and coat in salt;

  2. In a bowl, combine 1 tbsp of softened butter, 2 tbsps of maple syrup and ½ vanilla bean pod (slit open and scrape out the seeds);

  3. Simmer 4 oz of rum and 8 oz of cider over medium-high heat;

  4. Pour the liquid into prepared containers and top with the butter mix.


Wine, fortified

2-step Sangaree:

For the classy wine lovers, the port wine from Portugal is a great choice for the season. It’s nutty, flavorful and sweet. Reminisce about the sangria in summer with this Sangaree recipe!

Read the full post on Serious Eats here.

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 60ml of Madeira (Blandy's 10 Year Malmsey or H. M. Borges Old Reserve Malmsey 10 Year, for instance), 15ml simple syrup, and 15ml fresh lemon juice;

  2. Shake for 12 seconds, pour over a strainer into a chilled coupe glass (if you feel swanky), and finish by sprinkling freshly grated or ground nutmeg on top.


Hot Chocolate, spiked

Minty Tequila Hot Chocolate

The peppermint wakes you up and the chocolate cures the hangover. And it’s super easy to make!

If you have a half-emptied bottle of Tequila left over from the party last night, you probably want to try this tequila minty hot chocolate. Read the original recipe here.

  1. Add ¼ cup of cocoa powder, 1 tbsp of sugar and  a pinch of salt to a decently sized pan;

  2. Over medium-high heat, stir in 3 cups of milk, 4 oz of milk chocolate chips, 4 oz of bittersweet chocolate chips; gently whisk everything into a smooth mixture;

  3. Add 4 oz of tequila and 2 oz of Peppermint Schnapps; resist the temptation to drink out of the saucepan, divide into individual servings;

  4. [optional] Top each serving with whipped cream and mint leaves


Eggnog, the holiday season previewed

Peppermint Schnapps + Eggnog

Common sense dictates balancing the sweet and rich flavors of eggnog with high-proof spirits such as rum, bourbon, or whiskey. Corinne Caputo from Bustle has tested them all, including some unconventional options. And the winner is…... Peppermint Schnapps!


Not your Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Drunken Pumpkin

This recipe calls for a little more work than just mixing everything together, but it’s worth the effort. Plus, are you really serving straight up vodka shots to your guests in the holiday season?

Read the original recipe in full by Kris and Wesley on How to Feed a Loon here.

Step 1: Infuse vodka

  1. In a lidded container, mix 1-cup pumpkin puree, 2-tsp pumpkin spice, and 750ml of vodka;

  2. Shake vigorously, store in the fridge, and shake vigorously once a day for about 3 days (tasting is key);

  3. Get the infused vodka with a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth; discard the solids.

Step 2: For brown sugar simple syrup

  1. Combine 1-cup water and 2-cup brown sugar in a pan;

  2. Over medium heat, stir and mix for 3-5 minutes;

  3. Let it cool and store in the fridge

Step 3: Assemble

  1. Add 1oz infused vodka, 1oz dark rum, ½ oz coffee liqueur, 2tbsp simple syrup in a mixing glass filled with ice;

  2. Strain and pour the liquid into individual glasses (optional ice);

  3. Top with half and half and serve!


Drink responsibly, stay warm and healthy!


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