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Yule Libations

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By: Elizabeth Winslow
Yule Libations

When the weather outside is frightful, something boozy, warm, and tipsy is oh-sodelightful! If it can be mulled, nogged, toddied, punched or wassailed, it's fair game for the winter cocktail playbook, but we have some favorites to put a rosy glow in your cheeks.

Hot cocktails are a surefire way to make the season bright. Try mulled glogg, a hot chocolate toddy, or a warm cranberry sipper to chase away winter's chill.

Iced elixirs can also have a magical warming effect. A seasonal pumpkin pie spiced vodka or cranberry spritzer is as perfect for everyday as for the holidays.

Want more ideas? Here are a few more fun and festive cocktail recipes to toast the season!

Rum-Spiked White Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

Whipped cream and sea salt caramel sauce for topping In a small saucepan over medium low heat, melt chocolate with ½ cup milk, stirring frequently until smooth. Add the remaining milk and the pumpkin pie spice and whisk until frothy. Pour the hot chocolate into a serving mug and add rum. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

Pumpkin Spice Irish Coffee

Serves 2

  • ½ cup cream
  • 2 tsp sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups just-brewed hot coffee
  • 4 Tbsp Irish whiskey

In a medium bowl, whisk cream with 2 tsp sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Pour coffee into cups and sweeten to taste. Add Irish whiskey and top with pumpkin pie spice whipped cream.

Brandied Apple Cider Rum Punch

Serves a crowd

  • 1 quart apple cider
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Mulling spices
  • 4 oz rum
  • 4 oz brandy
  • Contently 2
  • 8 oz sparkling water
  • 2 apples, sliced

In a large saucepan, warm apple cider, lemon juice, vanilla, sugar, and mulling spices. When the mixture comes to a simmer, remove from heat and let the spices steep. When cook, place in a punch bowl and stir in rum, brandy, sparkling water, and apple slices. Chill and serve over ice.

Peppermint Stick Vodka-tini

Serves 2

  • 1 cup vodka
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • 6 small candy canes
  • 2 oz white Crème de Cacao
  • Candy canes for garnish

Place vodka in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and add vanilla bean and candy canes. Allow to infuse for 3-4 days, shaking occasionally. When ready to use, strain 3 oz of vodka into a shaker with ice and Crème de Cacao. Shake and strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with peppermint sticks.

Elizabeth Winslow is a writer, food blogger, culinary instructor and entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a regular contributor to Edible Austin and creates compelling content for brands both large and small. She has an M.A. in Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio and teaches cooking classes with Kitchen Underground. Winslow + co.

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