Carolyn Kruse

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How cold is it?

It’s so cold that you get excited for temps to RISE to 25 degrees. Yup, and that doesn’t happen until Sunday. So grab the snuggy and a little winter warmth in a cocktail to Netflix with tonight.

A few of my favorite adult concoctions for a cold night…


  • Kahlua Hot Cocoa!

You may already have all these ingredients at home, and this one is super easy.


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 ounce Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • Mini marshmallows, for serving
  • Salted caramel, for serving
  • Chocolate syrup, for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg over medium heat(until it’s heated through- maybe 2-3 minutes.) Remove from heat and stir in Kahlúa.
  2. Serve immediately, and bling it up with mini marshmallows, salted caramel and chocolate syrup, on top.



  • Hot Toddy!

When I got really sick, as a kid, my mom would make me a hot tea with lemon, and yeah, she would dabble in a little whiskey to help me sleep. Hey, it was a long time ago, and it was medicinal. The Hot Toddy has made a hot comeback in recent years, as whiskey, bourbon and rye have become super popular. The above recipe looks really good! But for a simpler take, take a look at this one:


  • 1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon mild honey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup boiling-hot water


Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.



Cafe Caribbean Cocktail

The name alone makes me want to snuggle up next to this cup, and call it sweetheart!


  • 1 ounce rum
  • 1/2 ounce amaretto
  • 6 ounces coffee (hot, black; or enough to fill)
  • Garnish: whipped cream
  • Garnish: shaved almonds


Gather the ingredients. Pour the rum and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass or regular coffee mug. Irish coffee glass or coffee mug. Fill it with hot coffee, top it with whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved almonds

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