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MILWAUKEE -- Chef Alisa Malavenda with the Art Institute of Wisconsin joins Real Milwaukee with some hot cocktail recipes that use all your favorite cold weather drinks.

Boozy S’mores Hot Chocolate
2 servings

  • 2 Hershey chocolate bars, plus more for garnish
  • 1 ¾ C milk
  • pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg
  • mini marshmallows or S’mores on a stick ( see recipe below)
  • 2 oz Kahlua ( you could also use tequila and a pinch of cayenne pepper) for another twist.

In a medium saucepan, break up chocolate bars and add milk, cinnamon or nutmeg. Cook over medium heat until heated through and chocolate is melted, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Kahlúa. Pour into coffee mug and top with mini marshmallows. Using a kitchen torch, torch the marshmallows until golden brown and slightly melted and/ or garnish with S’mores on a stick.
For S’mores on a stick.: Dip large marshmallows into melted chocolate and roll in crushed graham crackers. Place on skewer and serve

Mulled Winter Wine Sangria

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ¼ C hibiscus syrup or substitute 1 cup hibiscus tea and ½ cup sugar
  • 1 C Brandy
  • ¼ C Grand Marnier
  • 1 orange – sliced thin
  • 1 lemon – sliced thin
  • 1 lime – sliced thin
  • You can even float fresh cranberries  for a real winter feel
  • 1cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise

Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Keep warm in a slow cooker on low and pour into heatproof glassware.  Garnish with clove studded orange slices.

Teeth Chattering Chata Chai

2 servings

  • 4 oz Rum Chata
  • 8 oz brewed Chai tea
  • 1 T turbinado or sugar in the raw
  • Steamed milk of froth with cardamom sugar

Start with cold water and brew chai tea. Steep tea for 4-5 minutes or until desired strength. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Fill heatproof glassware with 2 oz each of the Rum Chata. Add the hot steeped tea. Stir and top with steam milk or foam and a dash of cardamom sugar.

Old Fashion Bourbon Cider Toddy

  • 16 oz Apple Cider
  • 1 granny smith apple , sliced thin
  • 1 orange , sliced thin
  • 1 t. honey
  • 1 oz tart cherry grenadine
  • 8 oz Bourbon
  • 4 oz of Triple sec
  • few dash of molasses or citrus bitters
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus more for swizzle garnish

Combine apple cider, apple and orange slices, cinnamon stick, honey and grenadine. Bring to a boil and reduce heat, simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, add bourbon and triple sec with a few dashes of bitters. Pour into heat- proof glassware or mugs and garnish with orange slice, luxardo cherries and cinnamon stick swizzle.

Italian Caffe’ Amore’

2 sevings

For each drink

  • 1 oz of Fresh Brewed Hot Italian Roast Coffee ( use can substitute decaf)
  • 1 oz of Amaretto or Frangelico
  • 1 oz of Cognac

Whipped cream, slivered almonds or crushed hazelnuts for garnish

Combine all three ingredients in a heatproof glassware. Top with whipped cream and garnish with nuts.

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