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My first hot, alcoholic drink was an Irish Coffee. It seemed to have everything going for it: it was fancy and sweet, rimmed with sugar, topped with whipped cream and was simultaneously relaxing and invigorating. Hot drinks are especially enjoyable this time of year, especially if you've spent a day on the slopes or simply want something warm to sip with a good book by the fire. Here are some recipes for classics, but look for original drinks created by the bartenders at your favorite bar or ski resort. All recipes below make one serving. Irish Coffee
sugar, for rimming the mug
* cup Irish whiskey
1 teaspoon sugar
* cup hot, strong coffee
whipped cream Moisten the rim of a mug with water, then dip the rim into a dish of sugar to coat the rim. Pour whiskey, sugar and coffee into the mug; stir to combine. Top with whipped cream. Hot Toddy
ø lemon slice
3 whole cloves
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
pinch of nutmeg
* cup bourbon (or other whiskey)
* to 1 cup boiling water
1 cinnamon stick Stud the lemon slice with cloves and place in a mug. Add the next 3 ingredients, then top with boiling water. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Nightcap
* cup bourbon (or rum)
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
* cup hot (not boiling) milk
grated nutmeg Stir bourbon and sugar in a mug until sugar dissolves. Add milk and sprinkle with nutmeg. Hot Bullshot
ø cup beef broth
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
ø teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
* cup unflavored vodka
lemon wedge, to garnish Heat broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour into a mug, add vodka and garnish with lemon wedge. Hot Buttered Rum
1 teaspoon superfine sugar or light brown sugar
* cup boiling water
* cup dark rum (or bourbon)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
grated nutmeg Mix sugar and water in a mug until sugar dissolves. Add rum, float butter on top. Garnish with nutmeg. Spiked Hot Chocolate
* cup Godiva chocolate liqueur (dark, milk or white chocolate) or Baileys Irish Cream
* cup prepared hot chocolate
whipped cream
shaved chocolate In a mug combine Godiva liqueur or Baileys with the hot chocolate. Top with whipped cream, garnish with chocolate

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