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[personal profile] eruthros
It's been raining all week here - it's cold and damp and there are flood warnings all over, and we've got two inches of water in the basement (landlord: um, we'll deal with it ... later), and basically it is just the kind of wet blech day that reminds me of my mom making hot toddies on the stove when we worked out in the rain. So I had a spiked hot chocolate and some popcorn and watched MST3K doing a Commando Cody serial.

And that made me think about hot alcoholic drinks that are good when it's pouring rain or snowing or freezing outside. My mom used to make hot toddies for my dad (and later for me) when we were sick or when we had to be out in the rain, usually to a rum recipe but sometimes to a brandy one if we didn't have rum. We had a lemon tree in the backyard, so the hot toddies were always seriously lemony, and the lemon and the alcohol tang would sit above the liquid in the hot cup. Later in life I had things like Irish coffee and wassail (especially nom when it has baked apples in it) and several variations on "put alcohol in hot chocolate," but the hot toddy is the symbol of comforting hot drinks for me.

So I wondered what y'all drank (if anything) and especially if y'all had any good recipes! And I like polls.

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Hot alcoholic drinks I/my family drink include:

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hot toddy (whisky/whiskey)
4 (20.0%)

hot toddy (rum)
4 (20.0%)

hot toddy (brandy)
3 (15.0%)

buttered rum
3 (15.0%)

wassail
5 (25.0%)

mulled wine
8 (40.0%)

spiked hot chocolate
10 (50.0%)

Irish coffee
6 (30.0%)

other spiked coffee
1 (5.0%)

something else! I've got a great recipe I'll share in the comments!
3 (15.0%)



I used to drink this more often than I have in the last few years, but I just made it again to a pretty handwavy recipe. Basically: a handful of semi-sweet chocolate, a spoonful of unsweetened chocolate or cocoa powder (to deepen the flavor, because it's going to be cut by the rum), a half a spoonful of sugar (or honey or agave), a dash of vanilla, and about 3/4 of the volume of the serving cups in milk or milk substitute. Heat that whole shebang over medium heat and whisk or stir fairly consistently. Taste it to make sure it's chocolatey or sweet enough, but remember you're going to cut it with some alcohol in a minute so it should be a little more chocolatey than you generally like your hot chocolate. Remove it from the heat, wait until it's steaming but not simmering (if you let it get up to a simmer) and add ... about as much alcohol as you'd put in two mixed drinks (I made a double recipe today and put in about a double shot or 3 oz of rum). But basically any alcohol works; when I lived with people who liked flavored alcohol I'd use butterscotch or peppermint schnapps, or dark rum, or brandy. Some people use tequila but I never cared for it. And now I'm thinking intrigued thoughts about the local maple liqueurs and honey brandies.

And while I'm here let me just drop in a link for a hot buttered spiked cider recipe (a sort of hot buttered rum and mulled cider mashup),

Date: 2011-09-08 06:36 am (UTC)
exceptinsects: (Default)
From: [personal profile] exceptinsects
Hot milk with honey and rum or brandy

Date: 2011-09-09 06:37 am (UTC)
exceptinsects: (Default)
From: [personal profile] exceptinsects
Oh, it is! Very cozy.

I just remembered another one--we often have glogg at Christmastime in honor of my Swedish grandfather. As far as I know it's basically mulled wine, but with MUCH MORE ALCOHOL in it.

Date: 2011-09-08 07:35 am (UTC)
aris_tgd: Personal avatar Phumiko (Default)
From: [personal profile] aris_tgd
Hot apple pie: Tuaca in hot apple cider.

Actually I feel like I could use one of those...

Date: 2011-09-08 08:16 am (UTC)
anatsuno: a black and wide photo of anatsuno, grinning (all about ana)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
I can't vote without checking exactly what's involved in a hot toddy first and right now I'm a little too lazy for that. so in all my foreignitude I shall just tell you what we're used to making:

Pu the kettle on. Dump a spoonful of honey + a glug of hard liquor (rum or whisky, but if you really have nothing else, vodka or gin will do) in a glass. Fill up the glass halfway with either freshly squeezed citrus juice, most often orange or lemon, or with OJ from the carton (adding a dash of squeezed lemon if you can, though). When the kettle stops/whistles, fill up the glass with boiling water, stirring with a spoon to blend everything well.

Wait til it's possible to drink it without requiring a trip to the ER from burns in your throat, but generally, don't wait until you find it comfortable to drink. I don't like to drink too hot, but this kind of HAS to be drunk too hot to be more efficient if you're fighting disease. Of course, I wait longer when I'm simply drinking it for comfort. :D

Date: 2011-09-08 02:52 pm (UTC)
anatsuno: a women reads, skeptically (drawing by Kate Beaton) (Default)
From: [personal profile] anatsuno
oh, okay! good to know.

I like it very lemony too. :D

Date: 2011-09-08 08:31 am (UTC)
inkstone: Alex Benedetto from the @Bunch issue containing Chapter 42 (Default)
From: [personal profile] inkstone
Ugh, I'm sorry to hear about the basement.

Date: 2011-09-08 09:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] chagrined
I don't have a recipe or anything, but the only hot alcoholic drink I've ever had is spiked (apple) cider. It's not a family thing, though. My family doesn't have any hot alcoholic beverage traditions. Or alcoholic traditions in general. Except for having lots of alcoholics in it. ^__^ Anywho, the spiked apple cider was something that my housemates made once last year, iirc, and that's the only time I've had it. I'm more likely to drink the non-alcoholic variant.

Date: 2011-09-08 11:40 am (UTC)
petra: Girl with gravity-defining anime hair drinking tea (Ahiru - Tea and bad hair)
From: [personal profile] petra
I've never had wassail with baked apples in it. That sounds amazing--for all I ever drink the stuff once a year, when actively wassailing.

Date: 2011-09-08 01:40 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
Hot tea with single-malt scotch, with the variety of scotch adjusted to the flavor of the tea. The absolutely strongest would be Lapsang Souchong with Laphroag; from there it goes down so that basic tea with Oban or other mild-flavored scotch would work. They're all good; it's a matter of how much you want your drink to have its own opinion.

Date: 2011-09-08 02:00 pm (UTC)
thingswithwings: Mitchell and Annie have a smoke and a cuppa (bh - mitchell annie cuppa)
From: [personal profile] thingswithwings
I've never done that, but it sounds delicious! I don't think my tea talks back to me enough, frankly.

Date: 2011-09-08 01:59 pm (UTC)
thingswithwings: Mitchell and Annie have a smoke and a cuppa (bh - mitchell annie cuppa)
From: [personal profile] thingswithwings
For ages in my family Irish Coffee meant coffee with Bailey's in it - it wasn't until I got older that I realised most people took Irish Coffee to mean coffee with whiskey in it.

Hmmmm, is it possible that using hot chocolate as a mixer is the ONE GOOD USE for peppermint schnapps? Because that sounds delicious. And I loathe all schnapps.
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From: [personal profile] futuransky
In my family, it is crucial to begin the process of hot toddy making by boiling up spices in a small pan. My uncle used cloves and cinnamon sticks; my mother likes to include dried chiles and sometimes cardamom. You boil it gently for a long time––starting with about twice the quantity of water you need then letting it boil down.

Then the classic toddy making process: a freshly squeezed lemon, plenty of honey, and most importantly (though I was given a lot of alcohol-free versions of this as a child) the whisky. Quantity depending on whether you want to go to sleep immediately. :)

If you have access to Crabbie's ginger wine, you can add that as well. My mum made me a ginger wine/whisky/many-spiced toddy when I had a terrible cold over Christmas last year and it was amazing. :)
Edited Date: 2011-09-08 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] apatheia_jane
My first year of uni, Stone's ginger wine was just about the cheapest can-be-drunk-from-the-bottle booze available. Fast-forward 5 years, & a friend I hadn't seen in 5 years gave me 2L of the stuff that I have no idea what to do with, because I don't think I can drink it straight any more.

Now I know. Thankyou!

Date: 2011-09-08 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
This post is very inspiring! :)

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