4 drink recipes to warm up your outdoor holiday party
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you're obligated to entertain inside. The outdoors still have plenty to offer, from holiday gatherings and light viewing parties to enjoying cozy hot chocolates by the fire. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a backyard party to gaze at Christmas lights and enjoy quality time together. If you're hosting this year, you'll want to make sure you provide your guests with a little something warm and delicious to help keep them happy. Here are four tasty drinks that are sure to warm up your guests:
1. Irish Coffee
When thinking of toasty beverages to keep you cozy during the winter, many adults prefer coffee. While a regular cup of joe is just fine, kick it up a notch for your party. Make Irish coffee by adding Irish cream and whiskey to your favorite fresh-brewed coffee. Grab some beans from a local roaster to experience the unique taste of their best coffee. Top off each steaming mug with some whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
3. Buttered Rum
Simple to make but packing a big punch of flavor, this often forgotten classic is sure to be a fan favorite this holiday season. You'll need to grab the electric mixer to blend your brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Once blended, simply mix with boiled water and rum (to taste) and you're ready to serve!
2. Spiked Cider
Another classic winter drink is apple cider. You can make kid versions by leaving out the alcohol and serving hot cider with a cinnamon stick and a little whipped cream. For the over-21 crowd, make three spiced orange tea bags in one quart of hot water on the stove. Brew the tea for five minutes and then remove the bags. Stir in sugar, apple cider, rum and cinnamon sticks. Heat until you can see steam. Remove the pan from the heat and ladle the tasty drink into mugs. Finish the ciders with anise stars or cinnamon stick, whipped cream and even a drizzle of caramel.
3. Hot Toddy
If any of your guests have a cold, offer to make a hot toddy. These are basically the grown-up version of lemon and honey in tea. Instead, you'll add bourbon to hot water, honey and lemon juice for an extra pick-me-up. For any younger attendees who are interested, nix the bourbon and you'll still have a delicious cold remedy that'll keep the child or teen warm during your backyard event.
Also provide some appetizers like a cheese and cracker plate, fruit salad and some holiday cookies so everyone is fueled for a little mid-party caroling! If you're in the mood for gift-giving, use holiday-themed mugs and let guests take them home as party favors.