My Hot Cider.
Prepared in a pot or even a boiler, the recipe is quite simple and will warm up the hearts of all!
For 6 to 8 cups:
- 750ml of dry cider
- 750ml of non-pasteurized apple juice
- 175ml (6 oz) of Brandy (Cognac for the fancy ones)
- 100ml (4oz) of Old Fashioned syrup (Recipe down below)
- 50ml (2 oz) of lemon juice
Poor all the ingrédients but the lemon juice in a pot and let simmer until warm but don't bring to boiling temperature. Pour in a pitcher or a punch bowl, add the lemon juice, freshly cut apples, oranges and spices (such as cinnamon, cloves, star anise or nutmeg) and serve!
A lovely classic of snowy days, the hot toddy is pretty much the cocktail equivalent of a warm blanket.
For one person:
- 1 oz of gin
- A few grams of diced ginger
- 1 teaspoon of wild honey ( The wilder and tastier the better!)
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 nut of butter
Put the butter, honey, gin and ginger in your cup. Fill with boiling water and add the lemon juice. Let sit for a while and enjoy with a torched lemon peel (Or not)
The Old Fashioned syrup.
Like its name indicates, the syrup is going to have quite a bit in common with the cocktail itself. It's a really versatile ingredient I like to have in my fridge at all time!
And now for the serious stuff
Have you ever tough cream and sugar in your coffee was just.. to boring? Well that coffee is a little twist on the classic "Café flambé" from New Orleans. And yes, it involves fire.
The Flaming coffee
In Blue Blazers (Or any metal containers you are comfortable manipulating fire with) put your Brandy and Old Fashioned syrup. Warm it up and set fire to it. Pass it between containers and try not to set your house on fire.
Put your flaming liquid in your cup and add the hot coffee to it.
On top of it, whip some cream, chocolate bitters and maple syrup.
Garnish with an orange peel and a coffee bean.
The Old Fashioned Syrup.
For 1L :
In a pot mix 750ml of water with the zest of 2 lemons, the zest of 3 oranges, 2 sticks of cinnamon, 6 cloves and 4 star anise.
Add about 10 dashes of old fashioned bitter (Angostura could get the job done but use a little more).
Bring to boiling temperature and lower the temperature to let simmer for about 30 minutes.
Filter and add 3 cups of sugar.