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While summer is a time to sip on something light and refreshing, winter is the best time for something a bit more boozy. The frigid temperatures and celebratory season are the ideal combo for a drink to warm your insides. We’ve picked out three of our favorites to try right now, and through the rest of the chilly months.
1. Hot Whiskey
Simple. Strong. Spicy. Those are the three words we would use to describe the “Hot Whiskey” served at The Red Hook Bait & Tackle in Red Hook Brooklyn. It’s the perfect drink for keeping warm on a cold evening, and we swear it might cure the common cold.
2. Chai Toddy
Instead of the classic Hot Toddy, try a Chai Toddy from The Food Network. It’s buttery, with just enough sweet and spice. We love that it’s garnished with a crumbling of graham crackers too.
3. The MmmHmmmm
With a name like “The MmmHmmmm,” this cocktail must leave you speechless. Created by The Clock Bar in San Francisco, the winter drink was inspired by freshly baked banana bread. The combo of vanilla vodka and pecan-infused rye give it a sweet and nutty flavor.
[written by Caitlin Heikkika]
With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah falling on the same day this year, we have holiday food on the brain. That’s why we’ve picked out some must-try Hanukkah dishes to put on you plate the next 8 days, whether you celebrate the holiday or not.
1. Chopped Chicken Liver
Ok, maybe it doesn’t sound super appetizing, but wacky foodie Andrew Zimmern and his family serve this dish each year. His grandmother always whipped up the “to-die-for-dish,” and now you can catch him re-creating it during the holidays too.
2. Chocolate Chip Challah Bread
Challah bread is a special Jewish bread with a slightly sweet flavor, but why not make it a little sweeter for the holiday? We like this recipe from Food Network Magazine because it’s filled with chocolate chips—perfect for a sweet treat. We suggest using any leftover bread for a bread pudding!
3. Parsnip Latkes
Latkes are a Hanukkah staple. Instead of the traditional potato latke, we’re into these Parsnip Latkes from Smitten Kitchen. She likes to top them with a sour cream sauce, made with horseradish and dill for an extra kick.
You had us at jelly doughnuts. That’s exactly what Sufganiyot is. The doughnuts are traditionally deep fried, filled with jelly or custard, and topped with powdered sugar. We picked out this recipe from the queen of creating festive holiday treats—Martha Stewart.
5. Horseradish Matzoh Ball Soup
It’s warm. It’s hearty. It’s the perfect start to a Hanukkah meal. Matzoh Ball soup is one of our favorite traditionally Jewish dishes. Give this Horseradish Matzoh Ball Soup from The New York Times for a spin on the usual steamy bowl.
[written by Caitlin Heikkila]