Winter Warmers With a Kick

Tired of eggnog, are you? When the weather outside is frightful (or just cold and rainy as it’s been lately), nothing warms you up faster than a drink with a kick. Southern California Life asked Eric Shani, general manager of The Pikey Bar & Café in Hollywood, for some suggestions off his menu that’ll leave you and yours with that warm winter glow.

 

  1. The Buccaneer

A popular rum potable, The Buccaneer “makes you feel like you’re sitting in front of a fireplace,” says Shani, with its “deep, rich, smoky flavor” from the Stolen Coffee and Cigarettes rum mixed with Giffard Orgeat Syrup, fresh lime juice and sea salt and served up. “We put together a straightforward recipe that elevates the sweet, smoky rum and rounds the edges with salt and citrus.”

 

  1. The Kate Moss

A winterized version of the restaurant’s signature Coach & Horses boilermaker, the Kate Moss uses vodka and champagne instead of the traditional whisky and beer and “gives us a chance to incorporate the best the season has to offer,” says Shani. “Come spring, this will be added to our regular menu and the infused vodka will change each season.”

 

  1. Hot-Spiced Cider

A drink that’ll truly your make your insides feel delightful, “the hot cider is Chef Ralph Johnson’s recipe,” says Shani. “It’s a ‘cheffy’ cocktail, tons of ingredients and perfectly balanced.” Made in four-gallon batches with cold-pressed cider, orange juice, star anise, cardamom, allspice and chili flakes, it’s served piping hot with an overflowing shot of the French apple brandy Busnel Fine Calvados mixed in, offering “subtle flavor notes that you’d never expect in apple cider,” says Shani. “I’ve tasted and made dozens of recipes, this is easily the best I’ve ever had. Even on 80-degree days, L.A. gets quite cold at night, nothing is better than a hot boozy cider, on a cold winter night.”

 

Here’s a scaled-down recipe for party-sized version of The Pikey’s hot cider:

4 quarts cold pressed cider

2 cups orange juice

1 star anise

3 allspice

1 teaspoon cardamom

½ teaspoon chili flakes (more for spicier)

1 cinnamon stick

1 apple, sliced in quarters

1 orange, sliced in quarters

750 ml bottle of Busnel Fine Calvados

Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain spices, add a shot of Busnel in mug, then fill with cider.

 

Photo: (left to right)  The Buccaneer /  The Kate Moss /  Hot-Spiced Cider

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Fleeman

Michael Fleeman

Michael Fleeman, a Los Angeles-based journalist and book author, previously was an editor at People magazine's website and a reporter for the Associated Press. His new book "Crazy for You" is out later this year.
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Michael Fleeman, a Los Angeles-based journalist and book author, previously was an editor at People magazine’s website and a reporter for the Associated Press. His new book “Crazy for You” is out later this year.

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