Now that winter is at your doorstep and if your only escape is to spend time in a blanket next to a heater with hot chocolate, let me tell you this, there’s a lot more. And it’s fun. Seriously, winter is that time you should be enjoying the cold weather. Be it with your fam or friends there are hell lot of ways to make the night interesting.
One of my personal favourite and fun way is to throw a get together with your mates and pour some alcohol. Now, when drinking in winters, the first thing that comes to people’s mind is Old Monk because that’s the perfect thing to have and if you get some Old Monk cocktails, nothing beats that!
And when you can have homemade Old Monk cocktails, you know how much money you’re saving because, let’s face it, you and I, we’re broke. Thank the Lord that Old Monk is cheap. So, take a look at these Old Monk cocktails that can be easily made at home!
#1 Rum Cold Coffee
This one is a treat for a coffee person (ME!), who also love Old Monk and if you get to have both together, you might just taste heaven! Cold coffee with dark rum is a pretty good combination of hot and cold; it’s chilled but it’s going to keep you warm in the winters. Plus, who wouldn’t like to swoon to the smell of coffee and old monk in one drink?
Ingredients: 60 ml espresso, 2 teaspoons of condensed milk, 30 ml of Old Monk or 60 ml, if you like it strong.
Way to make it: Grab a shaker and pour all the ingredients with ice, shake it hard for 30 seconds or go longer (no pun intended). You can enjoy the Rum Cold Coffee in that same shaker or serve it for yourself in a good, big glass and sip it while you feel fancy.
#2 Bleeding Surgeon
That’s a bloody cool name, the kind of name you see on a bar menu and you just want to order it, without even looking at the description. Because more than trusting your gut feeling on this, you’ll let your taste buds decide. Let me tell you, I’d do that, totally. Even though I’m not a big fan of cranberry juice, I think this cocktail is pretty refreshing.
Ingredients: 30 ml Old Monk, 1 slice of orange, ½ glass Mountain Dew (chilled) and ½ cranberry juice.
Way to make it: Drop that orange slice at the bottom like a dead body in the grave (too dark for you?), pour rum over it like you mean it (30/60ml, completely your choice), then comes Mountain Dew and fill up the glass with cranberry juice. There’s your Bleeding Surgeon waiting to be tasted.
#3 Hot Toddy
If you have a bad throat, this will do the job. Alcohol and medicine together! If that isn’t a blessing, I don’t know what is!
Ingredients: 90 ml Old Monk, 120 ml hot water, 4 tea spoon honey, 3 tea spoon lemon juice, ½ lemon rind, cinnamon stick and Nutmeg powder which is optional.
Way to make it: Start off with adding rum, honey, and lemon juice with lemon rind to a cup. Nutmeg powder is optional so your choice. Lastly, put a cinnamon stick and fill the cup up with hot water. Stir the mixture till it blends well. Now, sit back and sip. You’re good.
#4 Banana Daiquiri
Daiquiri can be made in different flavors, one of them being banana fits kinda perfectly for a relaxing afternoon drink.
Ingredients: 40 ml Old Monk, 15 ml cream, 75 ml sour mix, 1 banana and a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Way to make it: This is as easy as making coffee; take all the ingredients, put them in a blender and keep at it till the mix is smooth. Viola, it’s ready. Now pour it in a fancy glass and enjoy yourself.
#5 Hot Buttered Rum by Nikhil Merchant
Nikhil Merchant is a well-known restaurateur and a food blogger who knows how to blow your mind away and he created this beautiful cocktail, Hot Buttered Rum. This is a must try before you die.
Ingredients: 60ml Old Monk, 45 ml Cointreau (or orange juice), 1 cup water, ½ tea spoon of salted butter, 1 star anise, one cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, ¼ nutmeg powder, 1 orange peel strip.
Way to make it: You’ll have to boil the water with all the spices and continue doing it till it reduces to half a cup. Pour the rum and Cointreau (or orange juice) in a cup and mix it up with the spice water. Add butter and wait for it to soak the salty flavour. That orange peel you have will be used for garnishing. And then you’re ready with your Hot Buttered Rum. All that hard work paid off!
#6 Hot Chocolate Rum
My favourite on the list. You can buy hot chocolate and just pour some rum in it OR you can start from the scratch where all the fun lies.
Ingredients: 30 ml Old Monk, 150 ml hot cocoa, 1 tablespoon whipped cream (AWH YES!) and 1 tea spoon sugar.
Way to make it: Grab hold of an Irish coffee cup or a big cup will do just fine; pour rum and hot cocoa and sugar to balance the taste. Stir it up and spread that whipped cream all over it! If anything else, you can add chocolate chips. There, your midnight drink is ready!