Hygge, pronounced “hue-guh” is a bit like hibernating… A few candles, some nice woollen socks, a meal among friends, sipping a warm drink beside the fire… that’s all you need to adopt the lifestyle philosophy that keeps Scandinavian countries topping the list of the happiest countries in the world.

Since winter’s harshness certainly doesn’t spare Quebec, we’ve got 4 cocktail suggestions that are all about comfort, to sip in good company and to get the most out of winter, hygge-style!

Mystery Coffee

Maple syrup lovers, get out your mugs and get ready to try this warm cocktail, a real Quebec classic. Highlighting Sortilège maple syrup liqueur—a must have!—this Mystery Coffee will enchant you with its aromas of cardamom and orange zest. To be savoured while you watch the snowflakes gently fall . . .

S'mores Coffee

Overflowing with marshmallows, chocolate sauce and graham cracker crumbs, the S’mores Coffee takes its cues from both dessert and cocktails. Forget calories and treat yourself! This little sin will keep you and your taste buds warm by the fire!

Note: Marshmallow- and chocolate-flavoured vodkas are available in a limited quantity at the SAQ. If you aren’t able to get your hands on a bottle, don’t hesitate to replace marshmallow-flavoured vodka with 30 ml (1 oz.) of regular vodka. You can also replace chocolate-flavoured vodka with 30 ml (1 oz.) of chocolate liqueur. The result will be just as delicious!

Praline Hot Chocolate

Are you the type who goes nuts for Nutella? If so, the Praline Hot Chocolate will leave you speechless! The secret of this recipe? Lots of chocolate and a hint of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. It’s a kid’s treat but all grown up! To savour with a great film, or while catching up on your favourite Netflix show.

Orchard Chaï

Vous préférez le thé au café? Vous craquerez pour ce cocktail savoureux qui marie le thé et la crème de pomme. Pour un soupçon de fantaisie, ajoutez un peu de crème chantilly alcoolisée à la crème de pomme ou au brandy. À siroter, bien enveloppé dans une couverture un bon livre, à la main!

TIP: A recipe for alcohol-infused homemade whipped cream!

Let’s be honest, hot drinks are always more delicious when they’re topped with a spoonful of whipped cream! For a touch of originality, we have a simple recipe here for creating your own whipped cream, flavoured with Baileys, rum, or any other favourite liqueur. An ideal recipe for weekends at the chalet!

Ingredients

125 ml (½ cup) 35% whipping cream
45 ml (3 tablespoons) icing sugar
15 ml (1 tablespoon) Baileys or your favourite liqueur

Preparation

Mix together the icing sugar and the cream and start beating with an electric mixer. While beating, add the liqueur slowly and continue to beat the mixture until you’ve attained the texture of whipped cream.