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Drinks For a Cold Winter Night
Happy New Year, everyone, and I hope you have a great 2017!
As we say goodbye to 2016, the chaos is almost over, and the decorations are finally coming down. I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted! It’s a great time to reflect on what a great year it was.
So… As we move forward into 2017, the weather is getting colder, and it’s time to start working on all those New Year’s resolutions :). I love the beginning of the New Year. I call it cleaning up the old and bringing in the new. Here at the Nino’s wine department, it’s time to clean up and organize the cellar and get ready for another amazing year. We know what January and February in Michigan can be like. To start the New Year off and ring it in right, there is nothing like a delicious winter cocktail. Here are a few cocktails that will knock your socks off:
2 parts Kringle Cream Liqueur
1 part brown crème de cacao or any other chocolate liqueur
Shake in an ice shaker, and strain over the rocks.
Bacon Bourbon Cocktail
4 thick-cut slices of bacon
½ teaspoon cornstarch
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Pinch of kosher salt
3 cups whole milk
4 oz. milk chocolate chips
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
4 oz. bourbon
Whipped cream and chopped, toasted hazel nuts for garnish
1. Cook bacon in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel-lined plate, pour fat into a small bowl, and stir in cornstarch with a fork.
2. In a medium saucepan, stir cocoa with sugar and salt in reserved bacon fat/cornstarch mixture, milk, milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is hot. Gently whisk to completely homogenize mixture.
3: Add Frangelico and bourbon, and pour into individual serving cups. Top with whipped cream, chopped toasted hazelnuts and a strip of bacon. Serve immediately.
The Hot & Cold
25 fresh mint leaves
¾ cup boiling water
2 oz. gin
½ oz. lemon juice from 1 lemon
1 oz. homemade cranberry syrup
Lemon slice for garnish
1. In a mug or heatproof bowl, pour the boiling water over the mint leaves and let steep for 5 minutes.
2. While the mint is steeping, combine the gin, cranberry syrup and lemon juice in a mug. Strain mint tea into a mug, and stir to combine, discarding mint leaves. Garnish the drink with sliced lemon, and serve.
The Hot & Cold recipe works wonders when you have a case of the sniffles.
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