Dormside Warm Winter Cocktails

I usually enjoy coming home for break because I have access to a fridge full of fresh fruits and vegetables, but this winter break I arrived home to find my fridge full of Tim Tams, an Australian chocolate biscuit.

Why all the Tim Tams? My younger sister had stumbled upon a notorious Australian pastime: The Tim Tam Slam, a way of drinking hot beverages through a chocolate biscuit I quickly attained an addiction to the tasty biscuit and pleasurable consumption method, and began Tim Tam Slammin’ with Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate. This hot beverage is simple to make, can easily be prepared in your dorm room, and it makes for good, warm entertainment, especially before your mile-long-walk to the bars/

A few weeks after going back to school, due partially to my newly acquired Tim Tam Slam addiction, I ran out of peppermint schnapps. This was a problem on Saturday evening when I had a friend over for dinner and hoped to serve another warm cocktail before our hike up to that evening’s Christmas party. My solution? Mulled Pear Cinnamon Cider. This sweet and spicy cocktail impresses any crowd and takes less than an hour to make. Warning: you will not be able to taste the spiced rum in the cider, but don’t let that fool you—remember that one time with the jungle juice?

**Recipes**

Tim Tam Slammin’ with Dorm Room Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate
Makes 3 servings

Ingredients
3 cups milk (I use 1 %)
1 cup peppermint schnapps
3 packages hot cocoa mix
3 Tim Tam cookies (Can be bought in most grocery stores)

Heat the milk on stove on medium for 5-7 minutes, or until it begins to boil*.

Divide peppermint schnapps evenly among three large mugs. Add 1 package of hot cocoa mix to each of the mugs. Finally, pour 1/3 of hot milk into each of the three mugs. Stir with spoon.

Provide each Tim Tam Slammer with a cup of the hot chocolate and 1 Tim Tam cookie. A Slammer should take small bites off opposite ends of the Tim Tam. Then a Slammer should submerge one end of the Tim Tam into the hot chocolate, suck the hot chocolate through the biscuit, and shove the biscuit into his or her mouth when it collapses.

* You can also the heat milk in a microwave in 30 second bursts, watching to be sure it doesn’t boil over.

Mulled Pear Cinnamon Cider
Makes 2 servings

Ingredients
4 cups of Trader Joe’s Pear Cinnamon Cider
1 cinnamon sticks
5 orange slices
6 cloves
¼ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
3 ounces spiced rum
6 raspberries

Pour pear cinnamon cider into a large pot. Add cinnamon stick to the pot. Next, take two orange slices and secure 3 cloves in both orange slices. Add two orange slices with cloves, and two without to the pot. Finally, add the pumpkin pie spice. Gently stir mixture in pot. Heat the mixture on low for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes stir the hot cider. Divide the spiced rum evenly between two large mugs. Pour hot cider mixture over the rum. Stir with a spoon. Garnish with remaining orange slice and raspberries. Serve while hot.

Originally posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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