In winter, hot drinks take the chill off the body and buttress the soul. And while a few hot drinks were highlighted in my Cocktail Home Remedies post recently, there are so many heated imbibable hits that I thought a full post was needed.

Winter s Twilight
This drink not only warms you up inside, it also adds a little healthiness to your day as the key ingredient is vitamin rich pomegranate juice. The recipe s from Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss wonderful book Hot Drinks (10 Speed Press, 2007): Add 1/2 cup pomegranate juice to a small saucepan and raise the heat to medium. Let the juice come to a simmer, but not a boil. Add 2 ounces Cognac and 1/2 ounce Chambord, and lower the heat to medium-low. Heat, stirring once or twice, for two minutes, never letting it come to a boil. Pour the mix into a heatproof glass or mug. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Sometimes it s so cold that you ll need to consume your hot drink with eight friends to utilize body heat against the elements. For those moments, go Dickens style with this favorite from the 1800s (using a recipe from Good Spirits): Add 1-1/2 quarts water, 5 lemon twists, 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice, and a 1/2 cup sugar to a saucepan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and the water is boiling. Pour one 750 milliliter bottle of port into a second saucepan, or a large study bowl. Pour the boiling water mix into the port. Stir once and serve immediately, ladling into 8 mugs. Top each much with a dusting of fresh grated nutmeg.

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