Our January cocktail of the month, Grog, is a festive drink to enjoy with friends.

<strong>Rum and Peach-Tea Grog</strong>

At their most basic, grogs are steamy beverages made from rum, boiling water, and honey or another sweetener. While they’re traditionally served as a curative for a head cold, when you jazz them up with other flavorings—such as the peach herbal tea and lemon juice in this recipe—they make a festive, uplifting drink to enjoy with friends around the fireplace on a cold night. I especially enjoy serving grogs as the kick-off to a winter fondue party.

<i>For each cocktail: </i>

1       teabag peach herbal tea (such as Celestial Seasonings “Country Peach Passion”)

8       ounces boiling water

1 1/2 ounces amber rum

2       teaspoons lemon juice

1         to 2 teaspoons honey or more to taste

Lemon slice for garnish

Steep the tea in the 8 ounces boiling water. In a mug, combine tea, rum, lemon juice, and honey to taste. Garnish with a lemon slice.

<i>Recipe Recommendations: </i>

After skiing, skating, or sledding, invite everyone in from the cold with a Rum and Peach-Tea Grog and one of these recipes:
<li>Artisanal Cheese Fondue</li>
<li>Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic Dip</li>
<li>Bacon-Blue Cheese Dip</li>
<li>Swiss Cheese Appetizers</li>
<li>Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip</li>
<li>Cheese Puff a la Julia Child</li>
<i>Relish wine and cocktails columnist Wini Moranville is the author of </i>The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day.
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