Baby, It's Cold Outside — But These Cocktails Are Red Hot

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so...oh, you know how it goes. With nor'easter Athena and superstorm Sandy as newly-minted memories, we New Yorkers haven't had the best of luck with the elements. But, fear not, magic can happen.
We're bringing you some festive cocktails that don't skimp on taste and will have you feelin' (ahem) good without leaving the fireside apartment. The best part? These tasty drinks are warm, so you can combat the cold as you imbibe. Call up your buddies (make them come to you!), whip out your coffeemaker, and enjoy! You're welcome in advance.
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Latin Hot Chocolate With Rum

2 ounces golden rum
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
3 ounce Mexican sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Whipped cream
Powdered red pepper

Combine milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar in a small sauce pan over medium-low heat. Using a mortar and pestle (or a food processor), grind the chocolate into a powder and whisk into the milk mixture. Continue whisking until all the chocolate has melted and milk is warmed to appropriate temperature. Pour the hot chocolate mixture into two coffee mugs and add rum. Finish with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of powdered red pepper.

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Disaronno Toddy

1 1/2 ounces Dewars White Label
1 ounce Disaronno
1 bar spoon of honey
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3-4 ounces hot water
1 cinnamon stick cracked

In a mixing glass add one cracked cinnamon stick, lemon juice, honey, Disaronno, and two ounces of hot water. Stir contents until honey has properly dissolved. Pour contents into toddy glass or wine goblet. Add one or two more ounces of hot water, and garnish with a twist of lemon oil on top.

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The Hot Cubano

1 1/2 ounces dark rum
1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
1 shot strong Cuban espresso
Whipped cream
Powdered/shaved chocolate

Pour the dark rum and coffee liqueur into a coffee glass or mug; fill with strong Cuban espresso. Top off with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered/shaved chocolate.

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Nose Warmer

1/2 ounce Tia Maria
1/2 ounce Frangelico
1/2 ounce Baileys
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

Combine all ingredients and top with coffee.

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Roman Rasta

1/2 ounce Sambuca
1/2 ounce Dark Rum

Combine all ingredients, fill with coffee, and top with whipped cream.

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Orient Express

1 ounce Domaine de Canton Liqueur
1 teaspoon sugar

Combine all ingredients and fill with coffee.

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