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11 spicy, cold-weather cocktails perfect for entertaining

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 17 Oct 2019


Whether you're raising a glass at an intimate dinner party or your annual holiday soire, these craft cocktails from restaurant menus are sure to be a hit.You can replicate the recipesincluding a classic hot toddy and a spicy, smoky margaritaat home or visit the restaurants where they were created.Here are 11 cold-weather cocktails perfect for holiday entertaining.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.The cold winter months are quickly approaching, making us want to curl up with a hot toddy or a mug of mulled wine by the fireplace.While cocktails can make for a cozy night in, it's also never too early to start planning the drinks menu for your holiday soire or to make reservations at a fabulous restaurant with its own delicious drinks.Read more: 12 big-batch cocktails you'll need for the holiday party seasonFrom chile-infused concoctions to beverages mixed with dashes of cinnamon and wasabi, these cold-weather cocktails certainly bring the heat. Plus, since these recipes come straight from incredible restaurants and bars across America and Mexico, they're sure to impress even the pickiest of dinner or holiday party guests.Here are 11 spicy cocktails perfect for holiday entertaining.Chocolate lovers, listen up. The After All cocktail is a chocolatey treat with just a hint of spice, featuring mezcal, Bouvery CV chocolate vodka, Grand Brulot, tangy orange marmalade, and bitters.The classic combination of chocolate, orange, and a subtle touch of heat makes this cocktail fromBagatelle NYC the perfect holiday drink.After All Recipe:1 ounce mezcal1 ounce Bouvery CV chocolate vodka1 ounce Grand Brulot1 ounce orange marmalade1 ounce Scrappy's firewaterShake and serve in a martini glassThe Cozy Sweater from 1833 Kitchen & Bar in Aurora, New York, provides a twist on a hot toddy.This cold-weather drink certainly lives up to its name and pairs perfectly with 1833 Kitchen & Bar's eclectic menu of regional, sustainably sourced cuisine.Cozy Sweater Recipe:8 ounces cup of Earl Grey tea1 shot of AmarettoPour the tea into a teacup or a clear, handled glass and mix in Amaretto shotCrafted by Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest, Illinois, The Lumiere comes served in a light bulb with a metal straw. Slightly spicy, this adventurous concoction is on the bar's secret menu."I wanted to do something that would really stimulate the senses. Adding these [ingredients] to a drink doesn't just bring about a new flavorit brings about a new feeling," says the inn's chief spirits officer.The Lumiere Recipe:Monkey47GinSaint Germain liqueurFresh lemon juiceChamomileSuze Saveur d'Autrefois LiqueurElectric daisyThe Hiroki Sky, from Queensyard in Hudson Yards, New York City, is a spicy cocktail inspired by a book written by Japanese ChefHirokiYoshitake.This cocktail brings the heat with Toki whiskey, sweet wine, white peach soda, lemon extract, and foam. It is served with white chocolate and wasabi ice cream.Hiroki Sky Recipe:2 ounces Toki whiskey1 ounce sweet wine ounce white peach soda ounce lemon juiceInspired by brothel owner BelleBrezing, the Diabla Burdel from Belle's Cocktail House in Lexington, Kentucky, is a new take on the classic Sazerac cocktail with just the right amount of heat.The drink infuses Arbol chiles, cinnamon sticks, and orange and chocolate bitters with Herbsainta substitute for absintheand Corazon Anejo Tequila re-aged in mini barrels, which provides a cooling effect.Diabla Burdel Recipe:Corazon Anejo Tequila, re-aged in 5-liter mini-barrelsArbol chiles and cinnamon sticksHerbsaint, a substitute for absinthe created in New Orleans in '34Regan's orange bitters and Aztec chocolate bittersShake and stir over ice, serve with an orange peel and chile garnishThe Burning History can be found at Zuma, an upscale Japanese restaurant in New York and Boston, but cocktail connoisseurs may be able to replicate this smoky drink at home.This smokey cocktail is a twist on the Penicillin cocktail. Honey, yuzu, and egg whites lend sweet and frothy notes to the drink, while smoke from a wood fire seasons the glass.Burning History Recipe:1/2 ounce Nikka Coffey Grain Whiskey1/2 ounce Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch1/2 ounce ginger syrup1/2 ounce honey water ( oz honey +oz water)1/2 ounce yuzu juice1/2 ounce egg whitePlum bittersOrange peelMix equal parts honey and water and heat in a saucepan until honey melts into water. Then combine all ingredients in a tumbler and shake well. Burn a small fire in a wooden plank. Invert snifter and trap smoke inside. Cover snifter with a napkin. Pour cocktail into the snifter. Garnish with orange and enjoy!Enjoyed best by a roaring fire, hot toddies have just a touch of bitterness, balanced out by a tangy hint of lemon and cinnamon.This cold-weather favorite pairs well with savory pastries like sausage rolls, pigs in a blanket, and beef wellingtons.Hot Toddy Recipe:1 ounce bourbon2 teaspoons lemon juice1 tablespoon honey1/4 cup hot waterCinnamon sticksGarnish with a lemon sliceThe Fire Pit Margarita from West Main Crafting Co. in Lexington, Kentucky, is crafted with Blanco tequila, mezcal, chipotle-pineapple syrup, lime, curaao, orange bitters, and a smoking thyme sprig.This smoke-infused margarita has the perfect amount of kick from the chipotle-pineapple syrup, making this flavorful and spicy drink an ideal addition to any holiday party.Fire Pit Margarita Recipe:2 dashes orange bitters1/4 ounce dry curaao3/4 ounce chipotle-pineapple syrup (fresh pineapple, 2:1 simple syrup, chipotle peppers, a dash of adobo sauce from the chipotle peppers) 3/4 ounce lime juice1/2 ounce Fidencio mezcal1 1/4 ounce Silver tequilaRim glass with sugar and cracked black pepper and garnish with an orange slice (fresh or dehydrated) and burned thyme.The Spicy Devil's Margarita, from Panama Jack Resorts Cancun in Mexico, would certainly impress at any festive party.Don't let the exquisite chile garnishings throw you offthis spicy margarita is relatively easy to make at home.Spicy Devil's Margarita Recipe:1/2 ounce of tequila1/2 ounce of triple sec1/2 ounce of lime juice1/2 ounce cranberry juice1/3 ounce jalapeo syrupTajin (chili powder)IceLime wedgesGarnishwithchili "horns"The Wasabi Mule is Zuma Miami's take on a classic Moscow mule with just the right amount of heat and garnished with a lime slice.This spicy Moscow mule is a new twist on a classic favorite. Although this cocktail is relatively easy to make, the classic copper cups Moscow mules are commonly served in are sure to impress any party guest.Wasabi Mule Recipe:1 1/2 ounces Ketel One vodka4 ounces ginger sodaLimeDash of wasabiKu Chai Ku Chai Ku from Merriman's Honolulu, created by master mixologist Jim Lunchick, is a dangerously delicious winter cocktail featuring creamy iced coffee, chai-spiced honey syrup, Licor Cuarenta y Tres, and locally produced Rhum Agricole.This coffee-infused cocktail makes the perfect nightcap for any holiday party and pairs excellently with desserts.Ku Chai Ku Chai Ku Recipe:Chai spices (grind 2 ounces cinnamon sticks, 1 ounce whole star anise pods, 1 ounce whole cardamom pods, 1 ounce ground ginger, 1 ounce ground nutmeg, 1 ounce whole cloves)1 ounce Kuleana Rum Agricole1/2 ounce Licor Cuarenta y Tres1 ounce rounded scoop freshly whipped cream1 ounce honey-chai syrup (2 tablespoons chai spice in cheesecloth placed in a cooking pot with 12 ounces honey, 12 ounces water, boiled and steeped for 15 minutes, cooled and strained)5 ounces chilled Kona coffeeGarnish with cinnamon stick and star anise podRead more:8 cocktails that seem fancy but are surprisingly easy to make13 strangely delicious food hybrids you need to try in your lifetimeI'm from Connecticut and lived in the South for 4 yearshere are the Southern fast-food chains I miss the most
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