The last few weeks of winter tend to be the harshest, almost as if Mother Nature wants us to remember the cold well into the spring. There isn’t really all that much you can do at night when the thermometer drops to the point where any exposed hair freezes, so it’s better to just sit inside and get creative with tequila and rum to make cocktails that will keep you warm.
While we might associate the spirit with long summer days spent sitting outside with pitchers of homemade margaritas, tequila works well spiced up, and is just as fun to drink when it’s freezing out. And although hot buttered rum is always a winter favorite, there are other ways to make it work during the colder months.
Rum-Diggity (Created by John McCarthy of Cedar Local)
- 2oz Brugal Añejo
- .5oz Demerara syrup
- .25oz water
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Demerara syrup (Makes one quart)
- 16oz Boiling water
- 16oz Raw sugar
- Bring 16oz to boil and remove from heat
- Add 16oz raw sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved
- Refrigerate before using
Combine all ingredients in a small pot on a stovetop or in an electric teapot and heat until hot. Place a lemon wheel in the bottom of a rocks glass without ice and pour cocktail over top.
Spice is Nice
- 1/2 Patron XO Cafe Incendio
- 1 1/2 reposado tequila
- 1/2 oz. Cinnamon syrup
- 3/4 oz Lime juice
- Top with freshly grated cinnamon
Build ingredients over ice, shake and stir into a glass, pour over ice.