It’s a brisk 51 degrees in Los Angeles right now, which means we’re all breaking out the parkas. (No joke, people in LA cannot handle “cold” weather. Myself very much included.)
To warm up this weekend, I decided to make one of my favorite drinks of all time: a hot toddy.
I don’t know why I love hot toddies so very much. They’re a grandma drink, and people have told me as much. But I think it’s the combination of yummy bourbon and sweet honey. And all of that hot water to warm me up. And basically everything about it. It’s the perfect winter drink, and it’s super simple to make.
Hot Toddy Hot-To:
- Start by heating up a pot of water. To gauge how much you need, measure each person as one cup. So for two people, boil two cups of water, and so on.
- Add a teaspoon of honey, and 2-4 tablespoons of bourbon to a mug. (That’s all up to how warm you want to feel after drinking this.)
- Once the water comes to a boil, fill up your cup, and stir all of the ingredients together.
- Top off the drink with a squeeze of lemon, and you’re ready to feel WARM ALL OVER.
Happy drinking, and stay warm!
The first time I met a steamy glass of mulled wine was through my friend Allie, who runs the delicious blog Brunch or Bust. I was hosting a holiday party, and she brought a bottle of Swedish Glogg with her. At the time, I’d never even heard of Glogg, let alone tried it. But I have to say that it quickly became one of my favorite go-to holiday drinks to serve. It’s super easy to make, and a wine-based alternative to cider.
Right now it’s starting to get cold in Los Angeles, and by “cold” I mean it’s in the 60s. (Don’t judge me!) Regardless, that’s just chilly enough to give me an excuse to make this drink to warm myself up.
Here’s what you’ll need, and get ready for this to be ridiculously easy and yummy:
Crock-Pot Mulled Wine:
- 1 bottle of fruity red wine (I use a Cabernet)
- 1/4 cup of brandy (this is optional, but I think it adds a nice kick)
- 1 large orange
- 3 whole sticks of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (Trader Joe’s has a nice one!)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 8 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 6 whole allspice berries
- 3 coriander berries
- Set the Crock-Pot to low heat, and combine the wine, brandy, allspice, coriander, cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, honey, cloves, and star anise. Stir until well combined.
- Slice the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the pot. Then add one half of the squeezed orange into the pot.
- Let the ingredients simmer over low heat for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Keep the Crock-Pot on low for your party, and serve the mulled wine with gingerbread or other holiday treats!