Serves 4.

Note: We like this Scandinavian mulled wine with aquavit — a traditional, caraway-forward Nordic spirit.

1 bottle of full-bodied red wine

1/3 c. raisins, and more for garnish, if desired

1/3 c. blanched almonds, and more for garnish, if desired

• 5 cardamom pods, crushed

• 5 cloves, whole

• 1 cinnamon stick

• Peel of 1 small orange

• 1/2 c. brown sugar

• 4 oz. (1/2 c.) aquavit


In a large pot, add wine, 1/3 cup raisins, 1/3 cup almonds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Steep over low heat for 20 to 30 minutes, strain and stir in aquavit.

Reheat before serving if needed, serve in a mug or wine glass and garnish with additional raisins and almonds, as desired.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 260 Fat 0 g Sodium 13 mg Saturated fat 0 g

Carbohydrates 23 g Calcium 33 mg

Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Hot Grog

Serves 1.

Note: Think of this as a pirate's hot toddy. Soothing, round and robust with the right rum (Plantation Grande Reserve is particularly good). Adapted from "Diffordsguide," by Simon Difford.

• 1/2 to 3/4 c. water

• 2 oz. (1/4 c.) aged rum

0.25 oz. (1 1/2 tsp.) fresh lime juice

• 1 tbsp. honey


Bring 1/2 to 3/4 cup water to boil.

Pour rum, lime juice and honey in a toddy glass or mug. Top with the hot water, and stir until honey dissolves.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 194 Fat 0 g Sodium 6 mg Saturated fat 0 g

Carbohydrates 18 g Calcium 6 mg

Protein 0 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Bull Shot variation

Serves 1.

Note: This beefy Bloody Mary riff isn't for everyone, but makes a savory ice-fishing companion for carnivorous imbibers. Some prefer it cold, but we like it warm with a shot of sweet vermouth for depth and body.

• 1/2 c. beef broth

• 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

• 2 dashes hot sauce

• 2 pinches salt

• 3 pinches black peppercorn

• 1 dash garlic powder

• 1.5 oz. (3 tbsp.) vodka

1 oz. (2 tbsp.) sweet vermouth


In a saucepan, heat broth, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, black pepper and garlic powder; stir often. Pour the vodka and vermouth into a mug, top with broth, and stir.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 155 Fat 0 g Sodium 750 mg Saturated fat 0 g

Carbohydrates 5 g Calcium 12 mg

Protein 1 g Cholesterol 0 mg Dietary fiber 0 g

Tom and Jerry

Serves 1 (with batter for much more).

Note: It's not winter in the Upper Midwest without a batch of this frothy concoction. Skip the store-bought stuff and go DIY. This uses a fairly conservative amount of sugar. Adjust to individual tastes by adding a dash or two of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heat and stir until dissolved) per serving. It's harder to correct a sugary drink after the fact. Adapted from "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks," by David Embury.

• 3 eggs

• 1/4 c. sugar (see Note)

• 1 scant tsp. ground allspice

1 scant tsp. ground cinnamon

• 1 scant tsp. ground cloves

• 2 oz. (1/4 c.) aged rum, divided

1 oz. (2 tbsp.) brandy per serving

• Steamed milk

• Ground nutmeg, for garnish


To make the batter (which will be sufficient for many drinks): Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Beat yolks with sugar and spices. Gradually add 1 ounce rum.

Whip egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the yolk mix.

Place 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons of the batter into a mug (saving remaining batter for any additional drinks the same day; enough for about 10). Add 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) each of rum and brandy to each serving. Top with steamed milk and stir vigorously. Garnish with ground nutmeg, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving with 1-percent milk:

Calories 250 Fat 4 g Sodium 100 mg

Carbohydrates 13 g Saturated fat 2 g Calcium 230 mg

Protein 8 g Cholesterol 80 mg Dietary fiber 0 g