Delicious winter warmersBy TheStudentGuide
Some super tasty hot toddies to get you warm through those winter months – the alcohol version.
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Here at The Student Guide, we count down the days until it’s legitimate to drink our wine warm. Mulled wine has a red wine base and is infused with Christmas spices such as cinnamon and cloves and orange and heated through until the scent fills your house and its flavour fills your body. Mulled wine is relatively cheap to buy (£2.99 in the Co Op at the moment!) or you could go all DIY on it and mull a batch of your own, which is great because you can get away with using any old cheapo brand – the orange and spice mask its actual taste. Either way – this will keep you toasty and happy this Crimbo.
Winter Warmer is that fantastic stuff from Elliot’s which they start serving along with mulled wine in some pubs come the winter months. A delicious blend of Cherry and Elderberry, this has an intense flavour and an even more intense effect on your system. At 14% it isn’t one to be downed, but to be enjoyed civilised style by the log fire. Winter Warmer really is delicious and we advise hunting some down this Christmas. But be careful – drink responsibly!
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Coffee does a great job of warming you through when it’s cold outside (see our non alcoholic version for tips on that), but making things Irish packs an extra punch. If you’re attempting your own, pour black coffee into a mug along with whiskey and sugar, stir and pour chilled whipping cream slowly over the back of a spoon into the mug. Adjust the whiskey to taste and you’re on your way to one relaxing night in with a film – but be careful, whiskey can be pricey. This is an excellent one for enjoying a night in with friends.
You can mull just about anything if you try hard enough, but cider is a good one. Grate the zest of 3 oranges into a pan and squeeze out the juice before adding cloves to the remaining oranges and dropping into the pan. Add cinnamon and all spice and pour in 2 litres of non-fizzy cider, such as Scrumpy. It has to be non fizzy or the results are frankly disgusting – trust us, we tried with Strongbow...Then simply simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes (not allowing it to boil) and sweeten with sugar to taste.
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Winter Pimms sees the classic summertime drink turned on its head. You can purchase it at most supermarkets as well as selected bars and pubs. For the most delicious recipe, mix the brandy-based drink with warm apple juice and cinnamon. So good you won’t want to stop drinking...but you probably should...at some point.
One of Scotland’s greatest exports, the hot toddy is so simple that anyone can make it. Mix whiskey with honey and boiling water and you’ve got a drink to warm even the coolest of cockles. Oh, and this one’s also said to make you better if you’re feeling a little under the weather – the perfect excuse.
Bailey’s Hot Chocolate
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Hot chocolate is a simple and tasty drink we all drank way back in our childhood. This update makes it perfect for adults. Simply add a glug of Bailey’s into the mix and you’ve got a creamy and delicious treat which tastes nicer than most alcoholic produce. Bailey’s can be pricey but if you shop around then you can get some good deals around this time of year – plus they’re always bringing out new ones – why not try the Mint Chocolate flavour for size?
Bailey’s Hot Milkshake
Ditto the above really, except instead of hot chocolate, why not experiment with other flavours of Nesquick – say, banana? Delish.
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