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Simple and Sweet – Spiked Hot Chocolate

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There is absolutely no denying that I love myself a well-made hot chocolate. Add a bit of booze and aromatics in the form of mint, hazelnut, or even orange (orange and chocolate = a to die for combination!) and I’m content for an evening of warmth and coziness. Serious Drinks posted a collection of spiked hot chocolate recipes on the site late last week that had me drooling at my desk. And, if you still happen to be looking to wrap up your Valentine’s Day plans, skip the box of chocolates and pick up the necessary ingredients to mix one of these delights instead.

However, if your personal style rather tends to lean towards simple and straightforward, here’s a most basic – yet absolutely delicious – of hot chocolate recipes to keep in your reserves.

Snuggler:

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
  • Fill with Hot Chocolate

Build in a mug and garnish with whipped cream.

Trust me on this one, keeping it simple with Peppermint Schnapps, well made hot chocolate and cream (to which you can booze up, too, if homemade!) is a winning combination. Think of it as basically drinking a melted York(R) peppermint patty. What more is there to say?!

Cheers!
SJ

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Sparkling Original Cinn Punch

I love the combination of flavors in this Sparkling Original Cinn Punch, as created by coworker, Laura. At the forefront of this recipe are cinnamon, apple and vanilla, all accented with a bit of sparkling apple cider. If you’re looking for a last minute drink to serve for your New Years Eve bash, this may just be your new favorite punch recipe!

Sparkling Original Cinn Punch

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Hiram Walker Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps
  • 2 (750 ml) bottles of sparkling apple cider
  • 1/2 (1L) bottle of spiced rum

Add all ingredients to a punch bowl with large ice block, adding sparkling apple cider just before serving. Garnish punch bowl with sliced apples. Sprinkle ground cinnamon on top of each individiual glass.

Another great quality to this punch recipe is that you won’t be spending a whole paycheck to purchase the ingredients. Most of these items cost under $10 per bottle, including Hiram Walker’s Original Cinn that was included in Serious Drinks’ Best Budget Spirits of 2011.

Ring in the new year with this great Sparkling Original Cinn Punch!

Cheers!
SJ

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