I’m not adverse to having a nightly drink, whether it’s a glass of wine, a beer or a martini. I’m a pretty diverse drinker (something to be proud of?) and like a wide variety of things. But in the winter, I start to crave more cold-weather appropriate drinks. Somehow a fruity martini just doesn’t have the same appeal when I’m wearing a sweater and slippers.

I asked on Twitter what people’s favorite cold weather, hot alcoholic drinks are and the most common answers were Baileys with coffee or hot cocoa, mulled wine and apple cider with rum. Not too many people listed two of my favorites: Tom and Jerry’s and Hot Buttered Rum. Of course, these two drinks do take a bit of prep, but once you’ve made the batter, you’re set for a good portion of the winter. They’re also awesome to take to holiday parties. I’m including my fave recipes for these two drinks below. And as a bonus, for those who like Baileys and cocoa or coffee, a recipe for homemade irish cream. If you’ve never made it yourself, you’re in for a treat!

Homemade Irish Cream (makes 3 1/2 cups)


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1  cup Irish whiskey (start with 1 cup and then add to taste, up to abt 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract or 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (I like almond)

*note: you can play with the ingredients to make this to your taste, especially the coffee, chocolate and extracts, as well as the whiskey. Start with less whiskey and add more, or you may find it too strong.


Combine all ingredients in blender or with hand mixer. Blend on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator (you can recycle milk jugs or other beverage containers for this purpose). Shake well before serving. Enjoy!

    Tom and Jerry Mix (makes 3 1/2 cups)


    • 1/4 pound butter
    • 3/4 pound confectioners’ sugar 3 eggs, separated
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom


    • Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl (or in a stand mixer) until smooth. Add the egg yolks one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next.
    • Beat egg whites until foamy in a large glass or metal mixing bowl, continuing to beat until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the egg whites will form soft mounds rather than a sharp peak.
    • Mix the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
    • Stir in the salt, mace, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom.
    • To make a Tom and Jerry, combine 1 ounce rum or brandy and 1 cup hot milk in a mug. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the Tom and Jerry mixture.

    Hot Buttered Rum


    • 1/2 cup  (1 stick) butter
    • 1 cup  brown sugar
    • 1 cup  confectioners’ sugar
    • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, softened
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


    • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    • Blend in brown sugar and confectioners’ sugar.
    • Remove from heat, and whisk in the ice cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour mixture into a plastic container, seal, and freeze.
    • To serve a hot buttered rum: In a coffee mug, measure 1-2 tablespoons Hot Buttered Rum Batter and 1 fluid ounce of rum, then fill cup with boiling water or hot apple cider. Stir to mix. Top with whipped cream.

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