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Heat up with These 2 Heartwarming Cocktails

By The ThirstyNest Editors

Sweater weather is here and that means everything from what you wear to what you drink should be keeping it at cozy level 💯. These hot libations are guaranteed to have you feeling all snuggled up in no time.

Smoking Hot Toddy

There's a common belief that a Hot Toddy has medicinal properties. We're not here to claim that it does but we also didn't say that it doesn't. You'll have to make one to decide on its curative properties and report back. This version uses smoky Mezcal to make it feel like you have a warm fireplace in your belly. Who wants to go through the work of building a real fire when there are Toddies to be tippling?

Ingredients:

2 oz Aged Mezcal 1 oz Lemon Juice 1 oz Honey 4 oz Hot Water Lemon Peel Directions: Combine the first three ingredients in a footed glass mug. Pour hot water from the kettle over the top. Stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

**The Original Hot Buttered Rum Recipe via Dylan Garret

It's a cocktail, with butter. Yes. This magic concoction of buttery booze is a classic revived. Make it for company and you'll have a hard time getting people to leave because baby, it's cold outside.

Ingredients:

4 oz unsalted butter 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground allspice Pinch of salt 2 oz dark or aged rum 6 oz hot water Directions: In mixing bowl, combine butter, vanilla extract, sugar, spices and salt. Beat until well combined.

In heat-proof glass or mug, combine aged rum with 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) spiced butter mixture. Remaining batter can be stored in airtight container in refrigerator for future use.

Top with hot water and stir until ingredients are well incorporated. Garnish with cinnamon stick if preferred.

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