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Icy, Hot Seasonal Sips to Make at Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luckily for us, the weather here is never too frightful, but nothing says "winter" better than a frosty cocktail—or a hot buttered brandy. Whip up these for your next party to make sure the mood is merry and bright. All recipes are courtesy of Lurcat Catering, the in-house caterer for Naples Botanical Garden (and, yes, in the same family as Lurcat on Fifth Avenue South).

 

Hot Buttered Brandy (*batch recipe*)

1 1/2 gallons apple cider

1 1/2 Tbsp. freshly ground nutmeg

1/8 cup whole cloves

1 liter brandy

1 lb. butter, melted

Cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional) 

Warm cider in a large pot with nutmeg and cloves. Heat slowly over medium heat until it steams—but don’t let it boil. Add brandy and butter; stir to mix. Pour into warmed glass mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

 

 

Snowflake Martini

3/4 ounce Kahlua coffee liqueur

3/4 ounce Godiva chocolate liqueur

1 1/2 ounces dark rum

3 ounces (2 percent) milk

White and dark chocolate shavings, for garnish (optional)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with white and dark chocolate shavings

 

 

 

Chocolate Mint Martini

1 1/2 ounces green crème de menthe schnapps

1 1/2 ounces light crème de cocoa

1 ounce heavy cream

Dark chocolate shavings or mini candy canes, for garnish (optional)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with dark chocolate shavings or mini candy canes. 

 

 

 

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