Winter’s the perfect time to indulge in a naughty nightcap. Here’s a selection of our favourites, to warm the cockles of your heart this winter.

Liqueur coffee
An adult twist on your traditional after dinner long black, is the liqueur coffee. Salvaged from the scrap heap of 70’s kitsch, this inspired little number contains two of the five food groups – alcohol and coffee. So you see, it’s virtually a complete meal.

How to: Make a long black or some strong plunger coffee. Into pre-warmed liqueur coffee glasses, (or latte glasses, if you’re struggling) add a generous nip of your favourite liqueur or spirit. The traditional tipple is whiskey, giving you an Irish coffee. But if you’re after something sweeter, add some Kahlua and you’ve got yourself a Mexican coffee, a splash of rum and you’re in Jamaica! Top with whipped cream… Yummmm.

Mulled wine
Something from days gone by, mulled wine is an olden drink of European origins best sipped out of antique goblets to really get you into the spirit.

You’ll need: 3 cups water 1 cup sugar 8 cloves 1 whole nutmeg 2 cinnamon sticks 1 strip lemon peel 750 ml dry red wine, cabernet sauvignon works well 1/4 cup Brandy How to: In a piece of cheesecloth add cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon peel. Tie up to make a bag. Simmer water with the spice bag in a stainless steel pot for 10 minutes. Add wine heat to till it’s hot, but not boiling then add the brandy. Simmer on a very low heat for up to 2 hours before ladling into glasses, or goblets to serve. Curl up by the fire and enjoy.

Hot buttered rum
Another drink from olden times, is hot buttered rum. Dark rum is preferable for this drink, but what ever you do – don’t use margarine!

You’ll need: 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/2 cup boiling water 1/4 cup rum 1 tablespoon butter freshly grated nutmeg How to: Place sugar in a pre-warmed glass or mug and add boiling water, rum and butter. Stir well and sprinkle nutmeg on top. Ahoy mateys!

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