With the polar vortex we experienced recently here in the Midwest, I’m still chilled to the bone! I thought I’d share 3 Boozy Ways to Warm Up in Winter to help anyone else who might find themselves in the same situation—now or in the future. Read on for some drinks to warm you up from the inside out!
1. A hot spiked drink
Sometimes you just need a hot drink to warm up with. My favorite is this hot version of Journeyman Distillery O.C.G. (Old Country Goodness) Apple Cider Liqueur. The concoction of spices and organic Michigan apple cider is fortified with un-aged rye whiskey. Or you could try making your own hot toddy like this recipe from Epicurious—good way to fight a cold too!
If you want a little caffeine pick-me-up with your booze instead, try a spiked hot coffee. I love Round Barn Salted Caramel Cream. The velvety texture and slightly sweet, salted caramel flavor is perfectly indulgent—better than Baileys. You could always do the classic Irish coffee too—heavy on the whiskey.
2. High ABV% beers
If you’re looking to warm up, forget about the light, refreshing beers of summertime. You need something in the higher ABV% range. My pick is New Holland Brewing Dragon’s Milk, a stout with roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath. Coming in at 11%, you’ll feel the warmth start after a half glass…or at least I do!
3. A tropical cocktail
One of the best ways to counteract a chilly winter day is to mentally transport yourself to a hot, tropical island. Play some summer tunes then whip up a favorite cocktail from your last vacation. And make sure it’s a strong one! My pick is an irresistible tiki classic—the classic Piña Colada. Full of fresh pineapple, coconut milk, lime juice, white AND dark rum, Bon Appetit’s recipe is perfection. After a couple, you’ll totally forget you’re not really in paradise.
If these drinks don’t warm you up this winter, I don’t know what will! Let me know if any of these help 🙂 Cheers!
Photos by Cari Hughes Photography shot on location at Journeyman Distillery in Three Oaks, MI