With the endless snow in Tahoe lately, we have been smitten with warm cocktails and couldn’t resist sampling quite a few.  You now get to benefit from our cabin fever and hours of taste testing… yum!  Someone must do it right? 

Not only are these toasty libations ideal as showcase drinks at your winter wedding but they could also be the just-right warm night cap at the end of your summer wedding – along with a late night snack.  Served as part of a chocolate bar or a coffee bar at your reception would work fabulously as well.  Or as we have found, enjoyable just to cuddle up with on a cold winter night!

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Photo: Chef Mom

The Snuggler

3/4 oz Peppermint Schnapps
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Whipping Cream
5 oz (hot) Cocoa

Pour peppermint schnapps and cocoa into an Irish coffee cup, and sweeten to taste. Gently float cream on top, sprinkle with grated chocolate, and serve.

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Photo: Chow

Red Rudolph

1/2 oz Orange Curacao Liqueur
1/2 oz Cinnamon Schnapps
3/4 oz Vodka
6 oz Cranberry Juice

Heat and pour into an Irish coffee cup. Top with whipped cream, garnish with a tall cinnamon stick, and serve.
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Photo: Glamour Cliche

Hot Apple Pie
6 oz Apple Cider, heated
1 oz Tuaca Liqueur (an orange-vanilla flavored liqueur)
Whipped Cream
Pinch Cinnamon and Nutmeg
1 Cinnamon Stick

In a glass mug, combine cider and Tuaca. Garnish with whipped cream, and sprinkle on cinnamon and nutmeg. Add a stick of cinnamon.

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Photo: Martha Stewart

The Tahoe Blizzard

1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey or Rum
1/2 oz Hazelnut Liqueur, such as Frangelico
1/2 oz Irish Cream Liqueur, such as Bailey’s
Hot Coffee
Splash of Grand Marnier
Dollop of Whipped Cream

In a coffee mug, stir whiskey, hazelnut liqueur, and Irish cream; top with coffee. Add a splash of Grand Marnier. Top with whipped cream and serve immediately.
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