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.
Hot alcoholic drinks I/my family drink include:
hot toddy (whisky/whiskey)
hot toddy (rum)
hot toddy (brandy)
spiked hot chocolate
other spiked coffee
something else! I've got a great recipe I'll share in the comments!
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),