These recipes for delicious hot drinks from Bhim Santoo of Urchin Bar, Cliff Townhouse, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 will warm up your New Year's Eve, or even better, warm you when you need comforting on New Year's Day. Happy New Year everyone!

Hot Buttered Whiskey


  • 40ml Teelings Whiskey Small Batch
  • 20ml Salted Caramel Syrup
  • Spices: ¼ of teaspoon Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla pod
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted Butter 
  • Hot Water for top up
  • 100ml Star Anise Cream  (1 x ground star anise)
  • 1 cinnamon stick & some grated orange, to garnish


  1. Warm the glass by pouring hot water inside it.
  2. Grind one star anise and whip with fresh cream to make the star anise cream.
  3. Mix all spices and salted caramel syrup with butter and refrigerate for one hour.
  4. Place one tablespoon of butter mix with 40ml of whiskey in the warmed glass, add boiling water and stir. Layer the star anise cream on top.
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and grated orange. 

Hot Port


  • 85ml Ruby Port 
  • 1 lemon wedge or slice  
  • 4 cloves
  • Boiling water 
  • Lemon peel and 2 cloves, to garnish


  1. Start by warming up your glass by pouring hot water inside it.
  2. Prepare the lemon wedge or slice, thick enough so you can spike the cloves in it.
  3. Pour 85ml of Port into the warm glass and top up with boiling water. Place the lemon wedge with spiked cloves into the port – this will infuse the drink. 
  4. Add the garnish of lemon peel on the top.


You can make a sweeter hot Port by dissolving a little brown sugar or a little honey in the hot water first.  

Mulled Wine 


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 orange
  • Sugar to taste 
  • Orange wedges, cinnamon sticks & star anise, to garnish


  1. Start by squeezing orange juice into a glass through a sieve.
  2. Prepare a pot, large enough to accommodate one bottle of wine. Pour red wine and all the ingredients in the pot. 
  3. Add sugar and bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.
  4. Pour and garnish with an orange wedge, cinnamon stick and star anise.


White Christmas – Christmas Special

  • 40ml Marzipan Infused Vodka
  • 20ml Mozart White Chocolate liqueur
  • 20ml Crème de Cacaco
  • 30ml Pouring Cream
  • 10ml Sugar syrup

To garnish:

  • a handful of coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla custard
  • a couple of cranberries


  1. Begin by preparing your glass. Dip the rim of a Niki Nora glass into the custard and then coconut flakes.
  2. Place infused vodka, chocolate liqueur, crème de cacao, cream and sugar into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake hard, strain into a niki nora glass and garnish with cranberries on top.
  4. We infuse our own Absolute vodka with marzipan.