I actually like the fact we get some really cold winters. (sometimes anyway). I love hot drinks, and this is the perfect time of year to enjoy an extra few of these in the evenings. (Don’t tell my SW leader haha)
Today I will show you my favourite ones.
Now this is a definite classic! All you need is 4 ingredients and you can enjoy this on a cold winter evening.
- Irish Cream Liqueur (Bailey’s)
- Irish whiskey
- Fresh coffee
- Whipped cream
All you need to do is mix together your Bailey’s and whiskey, top it up with the coffee and add a generous amount of whipped cream to the top. Try to use cream, that is very cold and firm, so it sits nicely on the top. The idea is to make it look like Guinness.(I add quite a lot of baileys so mines always much lighter) You can sprinkle some crushed biscuits on them too. DONE! Simple, and delicious !
Bailey’s Hot Chocolate
Now you are probably thinking ‘wow she loves Bailey’s?’ but honesty, I can only stand the stuff in hot drinks. I promise I don’t drink these ALL the time, but when its freezing cold outside and you have a cheesy Christmas movie on, these go down rather easily. I don’t over complicate my recipes, as I rather spend time on the sofa than on the kitchen floor, so this is what you need
- Bailey’s or any other Irish Cream Liqueur
- Hot Chocolate – I just use Cadburys instant one for this but you can make it yourself with milk and cocoa powder or chocolate chips
- Whipped cream – I like using spray cream for this one
All I do is make the instant hot chocolate on the stove, make sure it doesn’t boil up. Add the Bailey’s to your chosen mug, fill it up with the hot chocolate. Now all you need to do is add your cream, and a sprinkle of cocoa or chocolate sauce, PERFECT!
See, I’ve told you not all of them will contain alcohol haha This is more my favourite than J’s as I think he finds it a bit too sickly. (or he prefers whiskey over syrup.hmm). As you may have guessed this also will be simple.
- Gingerbread syrup – I use the Monin one
- Whipped Cream or Spray Cream
I start by making a nice milky coffee. I add a splash of coffee to my mug and stir in a teaspoon of the syrup. Make sure this is mixed well, and slowly fill up your mug wth the remaining coffee. I top it with whipped cream and if I have some, I also sprinkle some biscuits on top. It is a great alternative for all the alcohol ones above. Kids will also love it! they can pretend they are drinking the same as you 🙂
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
OMG this is amazing!! Salted caramel is a big craze these days, isn’t it? I certainly love this very much. This is probably the most time consuming one of them all but BOY it’s worth it.
- Lemon juice
- Chocolate chips
- Pinch of salt
- Whipped cream
- Caramel sauce
All you need to do is carefully melt the sugar and the lemon juice on the hob until golden brown. Add the milk and stir until it starts to heat up and all the caramel is melted.This may take a few minutes so just give it some time. At this point, I remove it from the stove and I add the chocolate chips and whisk it until smooth. I sometimes like adding both milk and dark chocolate ones for extra flavour. Add your salt to taste. You cannot go wrong by serving it with some whipped cream and some extra caramel sauce on top. This is a winner for everyone!
That everyone is my ultimate winter hot drink list. I hope you try at least one of them and love it as much as I do. Let me know of some other flavours that you have at Christmas, as I don’t mind tasting new ones 🙂