Winter has thawed here in New Orleans, but if you enjoy a warming tipple come the end of the work day, there’s still a few more weeks to enjoy some winter flavors.  Read on for some tasty libations!

The Godfather

Nothing could be simpler than this classic digestif.  And no other drink delivers on the taste of winter!

2 ounces Scotch

2 ounces Amaretto

Fill a lowball glass with ice and add your scotch and amaretto.  No need to really measure, the proportions are up for debate and you’ll figure out how you like it.  For a sweet touch, a couple maraschino cherries as a garnish goes nicely.  If you don’t have scotch, any whiskey will do.  My husband and I consumed several of these with his brother and brother in-law at Christmas; they really hit that warm, spiced note that makes you feel at home wherever you find yourself.

Brandy Milk Punch

I wouldn’t technically call this one a ‘winter’ drink but I would say it is best served as the inverse of rules for wearing white; anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day.  I mean, we’re talking about a milk based alcoholic beverage so I wouldn’t serve one on a summer’s day even to my worst enemy.

2 ounces Brandy (bourbon is also acceptable)

8 ounces whole milk

1 teaspoon powdered sugar

Cracked ice

Nutmeg to garnish

Combine brandy, milk, and powdered sugar in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.  Give it a good long shake to make sure the sugar dissolves and the milk gets frothy.  Strain over cracked ice and garnish with nutmeg.  This cocktail is traditionally served as a brunch hangover cure, but it’s just as soothing before a winter’s sleep.  If you don’t like eggnog, this drink won’t punch you with eggy thickness but it will be creamy and delightful!

Hot Toddy

Chances are, you had a bad cold or the flu this winter.  And while I can’t recommend alcohol as medicine (seriously, lots of fluids and Dayquil are a lot more effective) it certainly does take the edge off a sore throat.

2 ounces whiskey (or your favorite spirit)

8 ounces boiling water

1 tablespoon honey

Juice of one lemon wedge

Cinnamon stick to garnish

The hot toddy is one part tonic for the soul, one part cure for what ails you.  It’s so effective when you’re sick that one suspects that if you drank it while feeling healthy, it might turn you into a superhuman.

Do you have a favorite winter drink?  Share it in the comments!

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