By Paul Barry | Assistant Buyer: Beer & Spirits
Hopefully the storms have passed and the worst of the winter weather is behind us. But as the nights draw in and the temperature drops here are a few warming drinks to get you into the winter mood. A mood for cosying up by a roaring fire with a drink to warm the heart as well as the body. So, put the feet up, relax and unwind. Its much nicer in doors.
We are big fans of hot toddies here in O’Briens but why not try out some mulled cider? Gently warm the cider and add a slice of orange studded with cloves a cinnamon stick for a little spice and you have one of the most aromatic and invigorating alcoholic drinks. Longueville Medium-Dry from Longueville house in county Cork is a great choice for this and you can pick it up on offer at 3 bottles for €9
For those looking for a gentler winter warmer could do a lot worse than try some warm Sake. Sake is a Japanese rice wine made from polished rice fermented at low temperatures in a process similar to brewing. Heating sake mutes the bitterness and brings out the bolder and drier flavours for a smoother, rounder flavour and a rich aroma. Don’t heat up too much or you will lose the flavours. Serve it warm rather than hot at about 40 degrees. Choya Sake is a great easy drinker and a good introduction to the world of sake.
For a luxuriant winter warmer one has to turn to chocolate. You may have had a hot chocolate with a drop of brandy or rum but if you really want to get the fires burning try it with a dash of Tequila instead. Olmeca Tequila Reposado would be perfect for this. You may be surprised at how well the slightly sweet but smokey black pepper note works with chocolate. If you are feeling extra adventurous, try it with a pinch of cayenne pepper!
I hope you enjoy these winter warmer drinks. They are also the perfect drinks to enjoy while having the annual debate about ‘when does winter actually begin?’
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