Sure, summer's alright. But can anything really beat the feeling of curling up by a fireplace with a steamy, sweet, spicy, boozy beverage with some light snowfall outside? We think not. Tis the season for the toddy, and About.com has got you covered with endless ways to get into the warm cocktail game. From old-school classics to mixological wonders, every one is sure to delight. Now all you'll need to decide is rum, bourbon, or brandy? Like About.com Food on Facebook to see our best holiday food and cocktail recipes on the daily.
The most quintessential cold-weather cocktail is probably the hot toddy. A mix of whiskey, hot water, honey, lemon, and sometimes tea or spices, it's the best way to make bourbon winter-friendly. Start with the basics, add some wine, or mix it up for a tempting twist.
Although you can't go wrong with some warm bourbon, starting with a base of apple cider or adding other fruit flavors can be great way to take your toddy to the next level. Grab a bottle of unfiltered cider or apple brandy and savor the sweet life. Just don't forget the cinnamon sticks!
As Michael Jackson (almost) said, it don't matter if you're red or white (we agree, as long as you're warm, boozy, and spiced). Just pick a bottle of red or take a white out of the fridge, because hey, it's mulling time.