With Storm Brian on it’s way, everyone is stocking up on the bare necessities so as not to be caught out again like with Ophelia. Why not go that extra mile and treat yourself to some fine alcoholic beverages too, sure if nothing else you’d need to calm your nerves besides it is still a Friday night!

We’ve come up with a few warm winter cocktails to get you through the night and have you forget all about that nasty weather outside. So don’t worry you’re in good hands!


Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

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You’ll need:

  • 50ml of Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • Hot chocolate drink
  1. Start by pouring the Baileys into your favourite mug.
  2. Follow the instructions on the packet to make up a serving of hot chocolate drink.
  3. Pour the hot chocolate into the mug with the Baileys and float the whipped cream on top.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate flakes over the top and indulge yourself.


For the winos:

Mulled wine

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You’ll need:

  • 1 large orange
  • 3 lemons
  • 12 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 x 750ml bottles red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 150g caster sugar (optional)
  • brandy, to taste (optional)

Serves approx 12

  1. Carefully peel the zest very thinly from the orange and lemons. Squeeze out the juice and reserve.

  2. Pour the wine, 1.2 litres of cold water, and the citrus peel and juices into a large saucepan. Add the cloves and cinnamon sticks. Bring the mixture just to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering, cover the pan with the lid, and continue to simmer for about 1 hour. Stir in the sugar gradually during cooking, until the mulled wine is sweetened to your liking.

  3. Strain the mulled wine and serve hot in cups and enjoy.


Riesling Hot ToddyRiesling hot toddy-warm winter cocktails-storm brian warmers

You’ll need:

  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Riesling
  • 2 teaspoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • 4 strips lemon zest
  1. Toast cardamom pods in a dry pan over high heat, tossing often, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Gently crush with a mortar and pestle (or carefully use the heel of a knife to crack them open).

  2. In a medium saucepan combine Riesling, brandy, honey, cardamom pods, and bay leaves leaves. Squeeze lemon halves over liquid and add rinds to the pot. Bring to a gentle simmer then reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Strain and divide between 4 cups. Garnish with lemon zest.


For the gin lovers:

The Hot Cup


You’ll need:

  • 50 ml Gin
  • 100 ml Cloudy apple juice
  • 100 ml Orange juice
  • An orange segment
  1. Gently heat the juices together in a pan over the stove, until warm and simmering.
  2. Pour over your gin and muddle them together.
  3. Garnish with a wedge of orange, and serve.


Spiced Mulled Sloe Gin

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You’ll need:

  • 50 ml Sloe Gin
  • 100 ml cloudy apple juice
  • 100 ml orange juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 whole cloves
  • A clove-studded orange wheel
  1. Pour your glug of gin into a glass.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the juices together gently, with the cloves, vanilla extract, and cinnamon stick.
  3. Strain the mixture into your gin tumbler, and mix together
  4. Garnish with the clove-studded orange wheel


Hot Whiskey

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You’ll need:

  • 1 ½ parts Whiskey
  • 1/3 part honey (optional)
  • 3 parts hot water
  • 3 dried cloves, per glass
  1. Combine the whisky, honey syrup, hot water and cloves in a toddy glass and stir gently until completely combined.
  2. Squeeze in lemon juice, to taste.
  3. Remove the cloves, then garnish with a slice of lemon and cinnamon stick.



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You’ll need:

  • 60 ml dark rum
  • 15 ml fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 100 ml hot water
  • Slice of orange/lime and a cinnamon stick
  1. Mix the rum, lime juice, brown sugar, and hot water in a mug.
  2. Garnish with an orange or lime slice and a cinnamon stick.


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