Esther O'Loughlin 10 Nov 2017 10:30am

Six go-to winter drinks

Here at economia, we’ve pulled together a list of six delicious drinks to warm you up during these dark winter evenings
Caption: Six of the best cups of goodness to warm your hands and bellies this winter. Photography: Shutterstock Images

Mulled Wine

A celebrity among beverages, this sip of the season is guaranteed to keep you toasty as winter sets in.

In fact, back in the second century the Romans created it for that very reason. It was clearly a winner because it’s still being served today – and on the plus side, we also have heaters.


750ml bottle dry red wine
1 sliced orange
¼ cup brandy
¼ cup honey
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise

Hot Toddy

Flu got you down? A hot toddy could be just the ticket. As Victoria Moore puts it in her book How to Drink, “Vitamin C for health, honey to soothe, the alcohol to numb”.

This one covers all those bases, and that’s not convincing enough, it tastes great too.

1Tbs honey
2Tbs whiskey, bourbon or rum
2tsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup boiling-hot water

Malaysian chocolate tea

Do you like tea? What about hot chocolate? Hit two drinks with one mug, as it were, with a cup of Malaysian chocolate tea.

A treat, hot or cold, this twist on the popular Malay Teh Tarik will definitely appeal to your inner, or outer, sweet-tooth. And because it’s alcohol-free you’ll have to share with the kiddies. Good luck coping with the sugar rush.

65ml sweetened condensed milk
120g dark chocolate
20g black tea


Although usually served at Christmas, there’s no reason you can’t get ahead of the pack and whip up one of these bad boys now.

It’s basically a boozy milkshake, but if you want a family-friendly option you can easily swap out the rum for a pinch of salt and some vanilla essence.

6 eggs
150g caster sugar
500ml milk
400ml double cream
350ml rum or bourbon
freshly grated nutmeg, to taste.

Wassail (cocktail)

If dairy’s not your thing, you don’t have to miss out because a Wassail is the perfect concoction of sweetness and spice to curl up with by the fire.

Although it’s classically a nightcap, this little cocktail will pack a punch with or without the bourbon.

4 cups apple cider
½ inch nub of finely chopped ginger
2 lemons, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
3 star anise
7ml vanilla extract
Splash of bourbon (optional)

Original Irish Coffee

An Irish chef by the name of Joe Sheridan first made this drink for some American tourists who were a mite chilly after disembarking a Pan Am flying boat. He added whiskey to their coffee to warm them and when they asked if they were drinking “Brazilian coffee” he jokingly replied that it was Irish.

Strong and yet simple to make, Sheridan’s little joke is now warming hands and bellies all around the globe.


1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
1Tbs brown sugar
3 Tbs Irish whiskey
Heavy cream, slightly whipped