5 Warm Drink Recipes to Escape the Chill
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5 Warm Drink Recipes to Escape the Chill

If you have had the chance to visit the mountains of Colorado, then you know the cold is here to stay. After spending a day on the mountain carving turns on your skis or snowboard, it's nice to kick back, relax and unwind by the fire with a warm beverage. Here are the top 5 favorite post-ski drinks to warm up with from Colorado Rafting.

1. Spiced Hot ToddyWarm Drink Recipes

This soothing beverage is not only great to escape the cold, but for beating a cold as well. Sore throat? Runny nose? Throw one of these together to feel better almost instantly! For this delicious drink you will need honey, hot fresh brewed chai tea, premium whiskey (Maker’s Mark or Jack Daniel's are great options!), fresh OJ, a little bit of orange twist and a cinnamon stick.

2. Winter Julep

You've probably heard of a Mint Julep, but have you heard about it's warmer little brother? The Winter Julep is a cold weather take on the southern classic. Kick off those boots, start a fire and warm up with this wonderful warm libation. For the Winter Julep you will need bourbon, brown sugar, peppermint tea, hot water and a mint sprig. Could it possibly get any better?

3. Mulled WineWarm Drink Recipes

Mulled Wine is a wonderful crowd-pleaser. Not only is it absolutely delicious, but it's also easy to make in bulk. For this recipe you will need whole cloves (and a lot of them!), tangerines, clementines, or small oranges, Merlot, fresh apple cider, Lady apples, cinnamon sticks, green cardamom pods and a tawny port wine. The other great thing about this drink is that it can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead of drink time. 

4. Tom and Jerry

The wonder of the Tom and Jerry cocktail lies in its similarity to holiday eggnog. The big difference between eggnog and the Tom and Jerry is that the T&J is served hot instead of cold. The heat enhances the bold flavors of the spice blend and the rum in this incredible recipe. The Tom and Jerry calls for eggs, sugar, Jamaican rum, vanilla extract, ground allspice, ground cloves, cinnamon, whole milk and either grated whole or ground nutmeg.

5. Peppermint Patty Warm Drink Recipes

It would be silly for us to ignore such a delicious classic. This cold weather staple will warm you and tastes suspiciously like dessert (not that we're complaining!). It's also incredibly easy to make! You know that delicious hot chocolate you were already planning on having this evening? Well, just splash a little bit of peppermint schnapps in it and voila! Basically, that just makes the item list milk, hot chocolate mix and peppermint schnapps. Have a favorite homemade hot chocolate recipe? No problem! Mix that up instead of the hot chocolate mix then add your delicious peppermint addition for a warm, minty drink.

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