Hot chocolate is great on its own, but its ability to pair with almost any form of liquor makes it truly special. Having a spicy Mexican hot chocolate with cayenne? Throw in some tequila. Looking for the classic minty holiday flavour? Add a shot of peppermint Schnapps.
You may have already guessed that you can add booze to a lot of drinks. But did you know you can also use it to create amazing cookies? It turns out the cream in these particular oreos is saturated with chocolate vodka, though there are other variations using things like hazelnut liqueur and chartreuse. As if cookies weren't already the ultimate feel-good snack. Get the recipes here.
You're sure to end up at a holiday event or two with a fruit salad this year, but why not take it to the next level? Some fruits (melons, for example) really absorb booze well, making for a particularly fresh and delicious way to get tipsy. There are many ways to combine fruit and booze, but if you're new to the practice, here's a starter recipe.
Winter may not be peak ice cream season, but it is a season for dark, spicy beers. So make a bit of wintery ice cream by adding, yes, Guinness. You could also try substituting a dark winter ale for a cool, spicy treat to eat in front of a fireplace. Recipe here.
Pizza and alcohol: one always leads to the other. But a pizzeria in Boston has found a way to combine them, by topping its pizzas with vodka-soaked ingredients. But if you're not going to be in Boston anytime soon, you can try to make your own pizza with a vodka-infused sauce with this recipe.
Looking for something else to add beer to? How about mustard? Add a bit of heat (and a bit of beery goodness) with some beer-infused dijon. Recipe here.
As we've already mentioned, fruit and alcohol make a great pairing. But if you want to take it up a level, bake them both into a pie. We particularly like the look of this butter rum apple pie. It's like a hot toddy you can eat.
It’s January! This means it’s time to indulge in cosy winter comforts: thick socks, big sweaters, evenings in, warm fireplaces, crafting, and eating comfort foods, along with the occasional boozy drink. But what if we told you that those last two items could be combined? It turns out there are plenty of tasty winter foods that can handle a shot (or two) of the hard stuff. In fact, often, a good liqueur can add a spicy kick to a classic treat.
Of course, tossing some red wine or sherry into a stew is a classic move, but no one’s getting tipsy from a hint of wine in your broth. So we’ve found some recipes that use their boozy ingredients to maximum effect. (In other words, don’t snack on these unless you’re of legal drinking age.)
So bring some drunken fruit salad or hard hot chocolate to your next holiday party. It’ll definitely be more of a crowd-pleaser than the usual potato salad and cucumber sandwiches. Happy munching!