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#HLDiscovery: 3 Winter Drinks To Keep You Warm

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When winter really hits, we find ourselves swapping out our ice-filled drinks for something that will take the chill out of our bones. 

Most people reach for a bottle of red wine when the weather is colder, but for those who are not fans, this week's #HLDiscovery list has some other options for you. 

1. Auchentoshan Whisky

Winter Drinks Auchentoshan and ale | House and Leisure

First things first: the pronunciation of Auchentoshan is OK-Ken-TO-Shan. And now that you know how to say it, you can look forward to drinking it.

Dating back to 1825, Auchentoshan is one of the last active distilleries in the Lowlands, and the only one in Scotland exclusively making triple-distilled whisky.

The result is a light-bodied whisky that is light in flavour, and the perfect addition to your winter drinks repertoire. You can drink it on its own, or you can try it mixed as a hauf an’ a hauf (aka a whisky and ale) with your favourite beer. To discover how to make Auchentoshan & Ale, click here. 

2. Bourbon Hot Toddy 

Winter Drinks Hot Toddy | House and Leisure

A bourbon on its own is already good and warming. A bourbon served hot and infused with citrus and cinnamon is even better. This Bourbon hot toddy is a classic among winter drinks and perfect for sipping on in cold weather.

Plus, our version is fairly easy to make: you essentially simmer citrus juice, water, maple syrup and cinnamon sticks together, then mix that with bourbon. This would be great served at a dinner party, either as a welcome drink or after dessert. 

For the full Bourbon Hot Toddy recipe, click here.

3. De Krans Port-Style Wines 

Winter Drinks De Krans Port Style wine | House and Leisure

There is a reason why many hotels have a decanter of Port or Port-style wine in their rooms: just one sip of the sweet liquid warms you up instantly.

De Krans has a variety of Port-style wines (so called as only fortified wine from Portugal can be called Port) that will tickle your fancy. The range includes eight fortified wines, all which have the consistent exceptional quality of Port-style wines that De Krans has become known for – and all of which make great winter drinks.

There are the traditional styles that include Cape Ruby, Cape Vintage and Cape Tawny, and the more unique styles, such as Original Cape Pink and Original Espresso (both of which work well in cocktails). And then there is also the highly acclaimed flagship Port-style wine, the Cape Vintage Reserve, which is truly in a class of its own. 

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