While there is still another week before the official start of winter, it sure feels a lot like the dead of winter up in New England. With the snow from our first storm still lingering, the
View I’ll be enjoying as I sip on my Black Raspberry Truffle
forecast calls for another storm tomorrow. I’m not complaining (too much) because I have come to expect snow in New England in December, and it does make the holiday season feel
extra festive! So tonight I’ll be bundled up with a nice hot cocktail to warm me up as I await the second snow storm of many this season.
Hiram Walker Black Raspberry Truffle
Black Raspberry Truffle
- ¾ part Hiram Walker Black Raspberry
- ¾ part Hiram Walker Crème de Cacao
- 4 parts Hot Coffee
Pour into a coffee mug and serve
If you live anywhere in the Northeast, you’ve been bombarded by weather forecasts warning you to beware of the “crippling and potentially historic” storm that is heading our way. With the threat of 15+ inches expected to hit my little town in CT, I see this as a great opportunity to cozy up with a nice cocktail and watch the snow fall (or watch the dozens of shows left on my DVR).
During snowstorms (or in my case potential blizzards) it is essential to be prepared with the right provisions to help you brave the weather…here are my top 5 must-haves:
- Hot Chocolate: When the cold wind is blowing outside your window and you’re bundled up on the couch, nothing warms you up better than a steaming mug of hot chocolate.
- Schnapps/Liqueur: Because all hot chocolate needs a friend… I recommend spiking your hot chocolate with Hiram Walker Whipped Liqueur, Peppermint Schnapps or Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps.
- Tea: Some people just don’t enjoy hot chocolate, while I don’t understand how this is possible, a piping hot tea can serve as a nice replacement to warm you up.
- Whiskey: Because like hot chocolate, tea needs friends as well. A personal tea-favorite of mine is a hot toddy with Jameson Irish Whiskey.
- Red Wine: When all else fails, a nice glass of red wine works wonders in the winter cold, especially when warming up by a toasty fire.
I hope all of you Northeasterners stay safe and warm during the storm!
It is a common belief that Sangria is only to be enjoyed out on the deck, on a warm summer evening (preferably by the beach) with family and friends around. While I wish that I could be back in summertime, enjoying that Sangria by the beach right about now, it is important to acknowledge great winter Sangrias as well. Below is one winter Sangria recipe that pairs perfectly with an evening of family and friends sitting by the fireplace as snow falls outside your window!
While your family gatherings may not be as picture perfect as the one I just described (don’t worry my family isn’t straight out of a Christmas movie either) it is still a great recipe to serve during the holidays!
Sandeman Winter Spice Sangria
- 1 Bottle Of Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto
- 4oz Hiram Walker Original Cinn Cinnamon Schnapps
- 3 Clementine’s, Quartered
- 6oz Cranberries
- 18oz Sparkling Clementine Juice Or Soda
- 6oz Cranberry Juice
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks
- Ground Allspice To Taste
Directions: Combine Sandeman Founders Reserve Porto, cinnamon schnapps, Clementine pieces, cranberries, cranberry juice and cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher. Cover tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Right before serving, add sparkling Clementine juice/soda
Garnish: sprinkle allspice on top