When the temperatures plunge outside, it’s nice to serve your guests a cocktail of warming spirits and seasonal spice with these Warm Winter Classic Cocktails. There’s no better feeling than sitting in your favorite local bar and wrapping your cold hands around a warm glass while the spicy aroma wafts around you like a warm hug! Here are three classic combinations that we love at HOOCH, perfect for holiday celebrations and throughout the winter months.

Hot Toddy
1-1/2 ounces whiskey, rum or brandy
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Boiling water
Lemon slice
Cinnamon stick
2 to 3 whole cloves
Stir the whiskey, honey and lemon juice together in a 6-ounce mug. Fill with boiling water, stir and garnish with a lemon slice, cinnamon stick and cloves.

Makes 1 serving

Mulled Wine
1 bottle (750 ml) full-bodied red wine (e.g. Cabernet Sauvignon)
1 large navel orange (preferably organic)
1/4 cup of brandy
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
2 whole star anise
3 to 4 tablespoons honey
Cut about 1/2-inch from each end of the orange, grate the zest from both pieces and set aside. Cut the remaining orange into 3/8-inch thick slices and add them to a large saucepan.

Add the zest, wine, brandy, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise and honey and gradually heat over medium-low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove the whole spices and ladle the wine into serving mugs.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Hot Buttered Rum
1 lb light brown sugar
1/2 lb unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
To make the batter:
In a mixing bowl beat together softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices until well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight reusable container for up to a month, or place in your freezer until ready to use.

To make the Hot Buttered Rum:
In a pre-heated coffee mug combine 2 heaping tablespoons batter with 1-1/2 ounces of quality dark rum (Mount Gay Eclipse or Extra-Old). Top with boiling water and stir well to mix. Serve with a spoon.

Important Note: Make the batter in advance so the spices have an opportunity to mingle and bring it to room temperature prior to serving.

Recipe courtesy Mount Gay Rum