Get In the Winter Spirit(s)

Imagine walking into a Shabbat dinner and be offered a delicious warm cocktail. You’d immediately shake off that cold winter weather, ease into the relaxing Shabbat spirit and be ready to meet and greet friends.

Be the most fabulous OneTable Shabbat host this winter and cook up some cocktails that will warm your home, your guests and your soul:


Recipe and photo by Alton Brown

1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/2 cup demerara or turbinado sugar
1 quart water
2 1/2 cups Scotch whiskey
Nutmeg, freshly grated

Combine the lemon, sugar and water in a 2 to 3 quart slow cooker set to high. Cover and heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves completely, 20 to 30 minutes.
Add the Scotch and stir to combine. Set the slow cooker to low and serve warm with lemon slices and nutmeg.


Recipe by Ina Garten

1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup honey
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve to your guests.


Recipe and photo by Sugar Dish Me

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
a dash of salt
2/3 cup boiling water
7 cups reduced fat milk
2 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons half and half (optional)
16 tablespoons bourbon
2 cups mini marshmallows

  1. In a medium saucepan stir together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt. Stir in the boiling water until the sugar has dissolved and the cocoa isn’t lumpy. Turn the burner to medium heat.
  2. Stir in the milk. Let the milk heat up, stirring occasionally. Watch it carefully so it doesn’t scorch!! Remember you aren’t cooking the milk. Just warming it.
  3. When the hot chocolate has reached your desired drinking temperature, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla, half and half, and bourbon.
  4. Divide the hot chocolate between 4 mugs, top each with marshmallows, and serve immediately.

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