5 Cocktails You Need in Your Thermos

March 19, 2015

Hilary Oliver

Just because your weekend plans involve dressing up in a puffy jacket and long underwear instead of a little black dress doesn’t mean you should have to pass up class-act cocktails. When the weather’s still nippy, hot cocktails will warm your spirits and your belly. Whether you’re stashing a flask in your snowboard jacket for warm-up breaks or packing an insulated bottle to share on a weekend hut trip, these recipes will take the chill off—and make your friends mighty glad they invited you.

Chai Bourbon Toddy

Turn your favorite tea flavor up a notch with a splash of whiskey. Prepare your hot chai as usual, and then for each serving pour an ounce of it into your flask or bottle. Add in an ounce of your favorite bourbon—we like Breckenridge—and a half ounce of Cointreau, a splash of bitters and honey until it’s as sweet as you want it. Stir up and then seal it tight for a spicy, warming chai break.

January Juleps

Nothing says winter like peppermint. It’s refreshing and warming, and a perfect pair with bourbon in this drink, reminiscent of its Kentucky Derby cousin. Brew high-quality mint tea for four minutes, and then for each serving combine five ounces of the tea with 1 ½ ounces of bourbon and a tablespoon of brown sugar. This one’s perfect for sipping straight from the Thermos.

Coconut White Chocolate Warmup

Hot chocolate is wonderful, but hot white chocolate is even dreamier—especially when it’s got an adult-friendly coconut kick. Warm a cup each of milk, coconut milk and heavy cream in a pan, adding a cup of chopped white chocolate over low-medium heat. When it’s thick and creamy, stir in your favorite rum—an ounce per serving—and pour straight into your insulated bottle.

Blackberry Hot Toddy

Everybody likes a hot toddy, but this fresh twist makes it a bit more modern. Mash a small package of frozen blackberries into a sieve to collect their juice, then stir up the juice with four ounces of bourbon, two teaspoons of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, eight ounces of your favorite hot tea—Earl Grey works great—and a couple squirts of lemon juice. Tea never tasted so good!

Mountaintop Joe

Take your Irish coffee to the next level with a little extra attention. Start with an ounce of French press coffee for better flavor and texture, then add in 1 ½ ounces of Irish whiskey—a blend like Jameson or Tullamore Dew is best—and a half ounce each of your favorite coffee liqueur and cinnamon simple syrup. Shake it up and store whipped cream in another container if you’re heading to the backcountry, and then add it when you’re ready to enjoy.

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