Winter is here and spending more time indoors does not mean it has to be boring. If you are with family or with friends, mixed drinks are a perfect way to entertain on a cold winter day. We assembled some of the best winter mixed drinks. Click on the links to see how these great tasting drinks are made.Mixed Drinks For Winter:Irish CoffeeThis classic drink is made with Irish whiskey, sugar, cream, and brewed coffee. It will keep you warm and rejuvenate your senses unlike any other steaming mug can.Hot Buttered RumSweet, spicy, and warm, it does not get much more relaxing than a Hot Buttered Rum after a long winter day. The buttery mixture can be made ahead of time to make it faster to prepare.Rye & Ginger AleQuick and easy to make, just mix rye whiskey and ginger ale.Scotch & LimeThis cold drink will make you warm inside with blended Scotch whiskey and lime juice.Hot ToddyWarm up from the cold with this spin on hot tea. The Hot Toddy is made with brandy, whiskey or rum and includes honey, lemon and is mixed with tea.MillionaireYou will feel like a millionaire with this sweet tasting drink. It is made with rye whiskey, Grand Marnier, egg whites and grenadine.Bloody MaryBloody Mary is a very popular drink. With it’s spicy taste, it is warming and delicious. This homemade version is much better than the ready-made mixes.Butter BabyThis is a great spin a the traditional hot chocolate. Just add butterscotch schnapps and top with whipped cream.Rusty NailFor a warm up on the rocks, this Scotch and Drambuie cocktail is an excellent idea. Despite being chilled, this easy, soothing drink does a nice job of warming your blood with its smoky, honeyed, herbal combination.
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Irish CoffeeIngredients: 1.5 fluid ounce Irish cream liqueur 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger Irish whiskey 1 cup hot brewed coffee 1 tablespoon whipped cream 1 dash ground nutmegInstructions: In a coffee mug, combine Irish cream and Irish whiskey. Fill mug with coffee. Top with a dab of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
Rye & Ginger AleIngredients: 2 ounces rye whiskey 4 or 5 ounces ginger aleInstructions: Pour the whiskey into a Collins glass, add 2 or 3 ice cubes, and top off with ginger ale.
Rusty NailIngredients: 1 1/2 ounces Scotch 3/4 ounce DrambuieGarnish: Lemon twistInstructions: Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Stir well.
Hot Buttered RumIngredients: 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 2 cups light brown sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg Pinch ground cloves Pinch salt Bottle dark rum Boiling waterInstructions: In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.
Butter BabyIngredients: 1 oz butterscotch schnapps Fill w/ hot chocolateGarnish: Whipped creamInstructions: Mix butterscotch schnapps with hot chocolate in a coffee mug.
Scotch and LimeIngredients: 3 ounces blended Scotch whiskey 1/2 ounce lime juiceInstructions: Place 2 ice cubes in an Old-Fashioned glass, add the whiskey and lime juice. Stir.
Hot ToddyIngredients: 1 oz brandy, whiskey or rum 1 Tbsp honey 1/4 lemon 1 cup hot water 1 tea bagGarnish: Lemon wedge and cinnamon stickInstructions: Coat the bottom of a mug or an Irish coffee glass with honey. Add the liquor and the juice of the lemon quarter. On the side, heat water in a tea kettle and add the tea bag to make hot tea. Pour the steaming tea into the glass and stir.
MillionaireIngredients: 2 ounces rye whiskey 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier 1 dash grenadine 1 egg whitesInstructions: Shake with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Bloody MaryIngredients: 3 ounces tomato juice 1 1/2 ounces vodka 1/2 ounce lemon juice 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce Celery salt Ground pepper Hot pepper sauce to taste Horseradish to taste (optional)Garnish: Celery stalk and lemon and/or lime wedgeInstructions: Build the liquid ingredients in a highball glass over ice cubes. Stir well. Add the seasonings to taste.