The Sloppy Santa and 9 Other Naughty Nightcaps ~ I’m signing off for the weekend with a warm and fuzzy collection that will help you drift off to a much deserved rest after a busy holiday season. Just be sure to get your wrapping done before you imbibe :)
The holidays are merry, the holidays are full of wonder, but the holidays are also downright exhausting, and at some point you have to call it quits and declare mission accomplished. So do yourself a favor, crumple up that to-do list, and pour yourself a little nightcap.
The Sloppy Santa
A thick, rich, warm eggnog spiked with brandy and spiced rum ~ dusted with fresh (of course!) nutmeg. Jump to the recipe below…
A Long Winter’s Nap
This cozy cocktail can be made with bourbon, whiskey, or rye, and calls for infusing maple syrup with wintry spices and fresh ginger.
Spiked Peppermint Mocha Hot Chocolate
Irish Cream makes this peppermint mocha extra creamy, and the chocolate dipped marshmallows take it right over the top.
The base of this drink is a big batch of extra-spiced-infused chai tea, made even better with the addition of bourbon!
Maple Bourbon Hot Chocolate
This hot chocolate is sweetened only with rich, caramelly, maple syrup, giving it a unique flavor and mellow sweetness.
Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy
This festive drink might look like mulled wine, but it actually starts with delicious cranberry juice, spiced, sweetened, and spiked.
Spiked Orange Hot Chocolate
Orange and chocolate are a classic combination that is perfect for the holidays. Sea salt and a touch of cinnamon make this orange-scented hot chocolate very sophisticated.
Warm Cocktail with Lapsang Souchong Tea, Whiskey, and Lemon Cordial
Lapsang Souchong tea lends a smokey flavor to this cozy twist on a hot toddy.
Rum and Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
This indulgent drink is made extra thick and creamy with a bit of cornstarch, and includes 2 kinds of booze: white rum, and white chocolate liqueur.
Hot Buttered Rum with Cider
This hot buttered rum has no added sugar, the only sweetness comes from the addition of spiced apple cider.
- 1 cup eggnog (if you want to make it homemade, see recipe below)
- 1 and 1/2 ounce brandy
- 1 ounce spiced rum
- whipped cream
- freshly grated nutmeg
- 6 egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 cups half and half
- 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
- Heat the eggnog in a small saucepan until it barely comes to a simmer. Add the brandy and rum and pour into a mug. Top with the whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
- To make your own eggnog, first whisk together the egg yolks with the sugar until well combined.
- Heat the half and half and nutmeg in a saucepan until it comes to a simmer. Add a ladle of the hot liquid to the egg yolks while whisking. Add another ladle, whisking again, and a third, still whisking. Add the yolk mixture to the pan, whisking or stirring constantly over medium heat until it starts to thicken. (Don't let it boil.)