Hot Cocktail Recipes


With winter fast approaching, hot, adult beverages are in order.

Handwarmer Hot Buttered Rum
When your fingers start to go numb from the cold, we recommend this drink instead of those handwarmers you drop into your mittens. While the traditional handwarmers are clever, this beverage warms a larger percentage of your body. You’ll feel toasty in no time.

1. In a small bowl, thoroughly combine the butter and sugar. Refrigerate until almost firm, about 10 minutes.
2. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a saucepan.
3. Place a cinnamon stick in each of the 4 mugs. Add ¼ cup rum to each and fill to just below the rim with boiling water. Top evenly with the butter mixture. Stir with cinnamon sticks and serve immediately.

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 cup dark rum

Cranberry Cosmo-toddy
Lighter than buttered rum, crisper than mulled wine, and nicely acidic, this is the hot drink for people who think they don’t like hot drinks. Enjoy a little rum with your vitamin C.

Heat the cranberry juice and the orange and lemon slices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat and stir in the rum. Serve immediately.

1 (32-ounce) bottle cranberry juice cocktail
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 cup dark rum

Reprinted from The Ski House Cookbook by Tina Anderson and Sarah Pinneo.
© Copyright 2007. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House.