Wine Wednesday: Warm cocktails to warm your heart and home

I must confess something….I LOVE FALL!  It’s the crispness in the air and  it’s the change of the leaves.  It’s a comfy sweater or simply being able to sit by a roaring fire with the person you care about… So to honor fall and with the holidays quickly approaching, here are some warm the hearth, heart and home drinks that you can prepare for your guests.  They are awesome for a party of 400 or an intimate gathering for two.

Kentucky Mulled Cider

1 cup Maker’s Mark

4 cups apple cider

1 thinly sliced lemon

6 cloves

½ tsp. ground allspice

2 small sticks of cinnamon

Combine 1-cup Maker’s Mark Bourbon and 4 cups Apple cider

Add 1 thinly sliced lemon with rind, 6 cloves, ½ tsp. ground allspice, and 2 small sticks of cinnamon

Heat to boiling and serve

Kentucky Coffee

Pour equal parts of Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Starbuck’s Cream Liquor into an Irish coffee glass

Add a splash of Frangelico

Fill the glass with hot, fresh coffee

Top off with a dollop of whipped cream

Warm Orange Cider

1 (12-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate

1½ qts. apple cider

½ cup Maker’s Mark

1 orange, cut into twelve slices

Prepare orange juice as directed on can and heat with apple cider over low heat just to boiling.

Place 1 cup orange juice mixture into each mug; stir in 2 teaspoons bourbon and top with orange slice.

Garnish with stick of cinnamon if desired.

Spiked Cocoa

1-cup milk

1 tsp. hot chocolate mix

1 tsp. coffee creamer

1 tsp. Maker’s Mark

For each person, heat a cup of milk to steaming. Remove from heat before bubbles begin to form around edge of saucepan.

Into cup or mug, measure chocolate mix, coffee creamer and bourbon. Add hot milk; stir until well mixed.

Recipe can be easily increased to serve any number of people.

As always remember to drink responsibly.

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