These 4 hot cocktail recipes will warm your spirits this fall

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As the colder weather slowly approaches, and the sunlight begins to slip behind the horizon a little earlier each day, a hot drink is just what you need to warm yourself up from the inside.

While a warm cup of coffee, herbal tea or decadent hot chocolate can do the trick just fine, there’s nothing like adding a few drams of your favourite spirits to really cut the chill.

Here are a few of my favourite hot cocktail recipes for you to enjoy with family and friends this season.

Negrita Grogg

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Photo: Justin Taylor/Vancity Buzz

Perfect for any tea lover, the centrepiece of this cocktail is Earl Grey tea, which provides soothing aromatics and distinct floral flavour. With the addition of Cuban rum, French Cognac and orange liqueur, this cocktail is sure to keep you cozy all through the night.

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz Cointreau
  • 0.5 oz Havana Club 3 yr Rum
  • 0.5 oz Hennessy VS Cognac
  • 1 Earl Grey Tea Bag
  • 5 oz, Boiling Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Orange Peel

Method:

  • In a pre-heated coffee mug, add liquor, cinnamon stick, tea bag and orange peel.
  • Top with boiling water.
  • Let steep for 3 minutes, and remove tea bag if desired.

Dad’s Hot Chocolate

Photo: Justin Taylor/Vancity Buzz

Photo: Justin Taylor/Vancity Buzz

There’s only one thing better than a hot chocolate to warm you up on a chilly fall day — a spiked hot chocolate. This cocktail borrows a couple of staples from my own liquor cabinet — Menthe-Pastille and the bitter Italian liqueur, Fernet Branca — mixed with a touch of chocolate, steamed milk and whipped cream.

Ingredients:

  • 0.75 oz Fernet Branca
  • 0.75 oz Menthe-Pastille (Creme de Menthe)
  • 1.0 oz Chocolate Syrup
  • 5.0 oz Steamed Milk

Method:

  • In a small sauce pan over high heat, bring milk up to 90 degrees celsius, or just before boiling, while stirring in the syrup continuously.
  • Add liquor to a pre-heated coffee cup and pour hot milk and syrup into the cup.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • For an aromatic enhancement, grate dried Tonka Bean over the whipped cream.

Lumber Jack

Photo: Justin Taylor/Vancity Buzz

Photo: Justin Taylor/Vancity Buzz

This cocktail was created in honour of all the hard-working men and women across our wonderful province. Featuring hot apple cider, vanilla liqueur, and a delicious house-made spiced raisin butter, this libation requires a bit of prep work, but as we all know, hard work always pays off in the end and this time is no exception!

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz Jim Beam Bourbon
  • 0.5 oz Galliano Vanilla Liqueur
  • 1 tsp Spiced Raisin Butter*
  • 5.0 oz Hot Apple Cider
  • Whipped Cream

Method:

  • In a pre-heated coffee cup add liquor, spiced raisin butter and hot apple cider.
  • Stir until butter dissolves.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with cinnamon snap.

*Spiced Raisin Butter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Golden Raisins
  • 1 brick Salted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

Method:

  • In saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, sugar and spices. Stir until butter dissolves.
  • In a food processor or blender, add raisins and liquid butter. Blend slowly until smooth.
  • Pour to a Mason Jar and let cool.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Towel Power

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Photo: Justin Taylor/Vancity Buzz

For all of us hockey fans out there, fall means just one thing — the start of NHL season. This cocktail celebrates one of hockey’s most well-known personalities, the legendary Roger Neilson. While Neilson spent only a short time in Vancouver, he left a lasting impression, leading the Canucks to their first Stanley Cup finals in 1982. In true Canucks fashion, let’s raise a towel (and a strong drink) to the man who almost took us all the way. And perhaps while we sip in the comfort of our living rooms we can imagine, “What if…?”

Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz Canadian Club Small Batch Whisky
  • 0.5 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 0.5 oz Frangelico
  • 5 oz Hot Brewed Coffee
  • Whipped Cream

Method:

  • In a pre-heated coffee mug add liquor, hot brewed coffee and stir.
  • Top with whipped cream.
  • Garnish with cinnamon snap cookie.

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Justin Taylor A renowned bartender and cocktail creator, Justin Taylor has been a fixture in the industry in both Toronto and Vancouver for the better part of two decades. As Bar Manager at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, located at the iconic Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, Justin continues to stir up the Vancouver bartending scene with a heady mix of knowledge, panache, wit and hospitality.
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