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mr drinky
01-06-2013, 01:02 AM
Inspired by the cold-and-flu season, I was wondering what your go-to drinks are during the dark and cold months. Alcohol or without.

k.

mc2442
01-06-2013, 01:04 AM
Same as the warm nights. Jack and diet. Although I do turn to wine more in the winter than summer. Of course I live in southern California, so "winter" is a little different than other parts of the nation that I have lived in.

Lucretia
01-06-2013, 01:24 AM
Gotta have some hot chocolate once in a while on a frosty morning. I like to make mine with a good amount of a nice dark cocoa, cinnamon, & cayenne pepper. And don't forget a good splash of whipping cream. No marshmallows required.

franzb69
01-06-2013, 01:30 AM
ginger tea whenever i'm under the weather. makes me feel better every time.

=D

jmforge
01-06-2013, 01:30 AM
We don't have cold weather. Well, we have VERY short spells of slightly chilly weather, but not enough to have a different wardrobe or section in our liquor cabinet.

jmforge
01-06-2013, 01:31 AM
Little dash of vanilla is nice too.
Gotta have some hot chocolate once in a while on a frosty morning. I like to make mine with a good amount of a nice dark cocoa, cinnamon, & cayenne pepper. And don't forget a good splash of whipping cream. No marshmallows required.

Lucretia
01-06-2013, 01:32 AM
For when you're feeling poorly, honey, lemon juice, & bourbon, topped off with a little boiling water.

Salty dog
01-06-2013, 01:38 AM
root beer float

mhlee
01-06-2013, 01:42 AM
I drink a lot more hot tea - preferably green (Sencha) and black (Earl Grey) teas.

As for other drinks, I drink a lot less beer and more red wine during the winter. And, after my recent trip to Japan, I'm more open to hot sake. I really disliked the stuff that I've had previously but good sake that's meant to be served hot was a revelation. I'm sure the dried, grilled fugu fin also had something to do with it though.

Zwiefel
01-06-2013, 01:42 AM
I JUST spent a few hours tweaking my hot chocolate recipe for a class I'm teaching tomorrow...here's my (for the moment) final recipe:

Hot Chocolate

4tbsp Butter
4tbsp Cocoa powder
4C Milk
8tbsp sugar
1tsp ground green cardamom

Procedure
1 Melt butter over medium heat, add cocoa, cardamom, and sugar. Stir until well-incorporated and fry for 1-2 minutes to extra fat-soluble compounds from cocoa and cardamom...careful to not scorch
2 Add milk, stir over heat until milk simmers
3 serve immediately...or after it cools a bit, depending on preference.

Not OMG by any stretch...but nice....comforting.

Lucretia
01-06-2013, 01:48 AM
Have you found much difference when you fry the cocoa? I generally just add enough milk to the dry ingredients to form a paste, then add the rest of the milk.

Lucretia
01-06-2013, 01:49 AM
Little dash of vanilla is nice too.

Oh, yeah. Forgot that---I add a little vanilla at the end after turning off the heat. And a dash of salt at the beginning.

chinacats
01-06-2013, 02:26 AM
I JUST spent a few hours tweaking my hot chocolate recipe for a class I'm teaching tomorrow...here's my (for the moment) final recipe:

Hot Chocolate

4tbsp Butter
4tbsp Cocoa powder
4C Milk
8tbsp sugar
1tsp ground green cardamom

Procedure
1 Melt butter over medium heat, add cocoa, cardamom, and sugar. Stir until well-incorporated and fry for 1-2 minutes to extra fat-soluble compounds from cocoa and cardamom...careful to not scorch
2 Add milk, stir over heat until milk simmers
3 serve immediately...or after it cools a bit, depending on preference.

Not OMG by any stretch...but nice....comforting.

I feel like I've been missing out here...butter in hot chocolate. A whole other world exists...I will have to try this tomorrow.

:happymug:

tonight is more honey, lemon and whiskey

:curse:

ecchef
01-06-2013, 10:19 AM
Russian caravan tea & a shot of Islay.

knyfeknerd
01-06-2013, 10:36 AM
Bourbon, single barrel
Scotch, Glenlivet
Irish Whiskey, Jameson, Bushmills, Powers, really any Irish Whiskey.
I've been known to drink really hot hot sauce too.

bieniek
01-06-2013, 04:50 PM
milk boiled with mince garlic and honey.

Hot wine with cloves and cinnamon.

Lucretia
01-06-2013, 07:37 PM
milk boiled with mince garlic and honey.

I am going to have to try this one!

Zwiefel
01-06-2013, 09:50 PM
Have you found much difference when you fry the cocoa? I generally just add enough milk to the dry ingredients to form a paste, then add the rest of the milk.

Like the new profile pic Lucretia...

The cocoa does get a deeper flavor from frying...but the cardamom is the real beneficiary...

Cinnamon and cloves are nice too :)

jmforge
01-07-2013, 01:45 AM
Just so you all know, I see nothing cheerful about cold weather whatsoever. :biggrin:

Lucretia
01-07-2013, 07:06 PM
milk boiled with mince garlic and honey.

Had some this morning with breakfast and it was really very good...BUT...for hours I could have hired myself out to peel paint off things--morning breath + garlic is TRULY a frightening thing.

bieniek
01-08-2013, 11:11 AM
Hahaha thats why I usually drink it before I go to bed ;) Should have mention that:laughat:

jmforge
01-08-2013, 04:41 PM
Why? So that you wake up smelling like the Paris Metro? :lol2:
Hahaha thats why I usually drink it before I go to bed ;) Should have mention that:laughat:

Lucretia
01-08-2013, 04:45 PM
It actually worked out well. Was getting some new glasses yesterday, and usually they insist on holding you hostage while they tweak this and that (and you always have to adjust them anyway once you get home.) Yesterday they couldn't get me out of there quickly enough! :D

bieniek
01-08-2013, 05:32 PM
Why? So that you wake up smelling like the Paris Metro? :lol2:

No amount of garlic would be enough.

But try when you have flu ;)

Mike9
01-08-2013, 05:42 PM
More red wine than beer in the winter and when I have a cold I mix lemon and lime juice with fresh ground ginger then 50/50 ginger brandy and good ginger ale. While it won't cure your cold you won't suffer as much.

El Pescador
01-08-2013, 05:52 PM
12570

How about the view from my Deck? Keeps me warm....

knyfeknerd
01-08-2013, 06:03 PM
12570

How about the view from my Deck? Keeps me warm....
A55hole

El Pescador
01-08-2013, 06:05 PM
A55hole

LOL!

Zwiefel
01-08-2013, 06:39 PM
El Pescador....is your tagline a reference to this?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45C16tToen8

El Pescador
01-08-2013, 06:44 PM
El Pescador....is your tagline a reference to this?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45C16tToen8

Very much so! One of the funniest South Parks IMO.

Lucretia
01-08-2013, 06:53 PM
But try when you have flu ;)

Probably gets rid of worms, too. :wink:

GlassEye
01-08-2013, 11:54 PM
Good spicy ginger tea, half lemon, bourbon, honey; got me through the worst cold I have ever had over Christmas. I have also been drinking more scotch and bourbon this winter.

Zwiefel, I will have to try that hot chocolate recipe.