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TGIF! Mulled wines and hot cocktails to get you through the winter months.


The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and the drinks are getting ... warmer? It's a great time of year to embrace some warm, cozy hot beverages for your customers to curl up to on cold autumn and winter nights. Don't be afraid to bring the party out doors either - your patio space can still be welcoming with a couple well placed fire pits, hot drinks, and perhaps even blankets so that customers can gather and mingle out doors on a cool October night. Here are some suggestions on beverages to serve and keep people toasty and satisfied during this cool time of year:

Hot Chocolate. A staple and favorite of young and old alike, hot chocolate never goes out of style. There are many ways to dress it up, from extravagant toppings to spiking it with different liqueurs. Peppermint hot chocolate is wildly popular during the holiday season, and Bailey's hot chocolate topped with marshmallows is a simple and satisfying dessert cocktail.

Mulled Wine. A staple of German farmer's markets and the northeastern part of Europe, mulled wine is a great Sangria alternative for the cooler autumn months. Like Sangria, mulled wine can be made with cheaper wine and therefore can keep the cost down. Traditionally made with red wine and spices, it's simple, satisfying, and can be kept simmering to order by the glass or used for a special event to keep an entire crowd warm and satisfied.

Hot Toddy. Not just for colds, a Hot Toddy can be immensely satisfying on a cold winter day. Simple and delicious - its just tea, hot water, whiskey, and a little lemon or honey. Offering one on your menu will give your guests a great way to warm up or a lighter alternative to a spiked hot chocolate or coffee.

Rooibos. The Rooibos cocktail is a staple of Italy, and it requires special equipment (see above) but both the presentation and results are spectacular. A mixture of spices is placed in the container, which is then heated and filled with gin. The reverse osmosis draws the fluid through the herb mixture, giving it a gentle infusion. It is served warm in shot glasses for a spectacular, shared, after dinner cocktail and digestif. It's great option for fine dining establishment, especially those offering Italian cuisine.

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