Planning a winter wedding? Here are some warming drink ideas for when a mug of cocoa just won’t do…
The Irish coffee was created in 1934 by chef Joe Sheridan at Foynes Port in Limerick for cold passengers from a transatlantic flying boat forced to return to Ireland due to bad weather. To perk up the weary passengers, he generously laced his coffee with a splash of whiskey. The drink quickly became popular after an American travel writer wrote about the delicacy – and thus, the Irish coffee was born.
To keep things tasty not naff, we suggest avoiding cheap whiskey and bland spray cream and instead stick to decent basics. All you need is some good coffee, whiskey, sugar and double cream. And the best part? Not only is it warming, the caffeine kick is great for getting a second wind of wedding enthusiasm! Here is a guide on how to make the perfect Irish coffee (no crème de menthe in sight).
Harry Potter fans, listen up – this one is for you! Butterbeer was popularised thanks to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series in which it was described as tasting ‘a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch’. Obviously given the fictitious nature of this drink, there is no hard and fast rule for what constitutes butterbeer. One muggle has tested out 8 different recipes so you don’t have to (hey – someone’s got to do it). Serve in ‘foaming tankards’ for authenticity!
Earl Grey hot toddy
A true winter warmer and antidote to the man flu, a hot toddy. To step it up a notch and make it wedding-appropriate, we think Earl Grey is just the ticket. That hint of bergamot will help pep up this popular winter drink.
You’ll need Earl Grey, whiskey, lemon juice and honey to make this. Serve it up in lovely mugs and it’ll double up as a hand warmer too. Here’s a lovely looking recipe for it.
Mulled wine – you are planning for Christmas 2017!
Ah yes, the taste of Christmas – you can’t get a more festive tipple that this! Spiced, heated wine was first recorded in Rome during the 2nd century and, as the Romans travelled, so too did their mulled wine. It’s now a staple drink come December time, and a great way to warm up chilly wedding guests. You could also do a mulled apple juice for little ones and teetotallers.
There is no specific recipe for mulled wine, though it often contains a combination of orange, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, cloves, cardamom or ginger. These spices are usually combined and boiled in sugar syrup before red wine is added and the mixture mulls. Not a fan of wine? Mulled ale used to be quite common and mulled cider is also delicious. Here is Jamie Oliver’s take on mulled wine.
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