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Curl Up With These Hot Cocktails and Cozy Throws

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting brisk and it's high time to get comfortable with a steaming drink and a movie-marathon-worthy blanket. Consider these two-step recipes for an elevated evening in.

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The Drink: Hot Mulled Sloe (Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London, London, England)

Rosewood London’s exquisitely Edwardian terrace—just steps from Covent Garden—becomes a winter wonderland at the end of the year. The High Holborn "ultra-luxury" hotel celebrated gin last year by creating its Hot Mulled Sloe, a fruity combination of sloe gin and cloudy apple juice, garnished with clove-studded orange wheels and served in a traditional teapot. The wild berries in Sipsmith, their spirit of choice, impart it with a ripe red fruitiness and velvety mouthfeel. Serve up a High-Holborn-inspired cider of your own by tracking down a bottle on this side of the Atlantic.

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Pair It With: 555-Gram Cashmere Throw

Inclement weather is a special occasion when you’ve got a stormy grey throw made of 555-gram-weight Mongolian cashmere (which can be personalized with your monogram, naturally). This blanket will make the unexpected guest on your sofa feel like visiting royalty.

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The Drink: The Duke of Suffolk (Suffolk Arms, New York City)

Third-generation bartender Giuseppe Gonzalez reports that his Lower East Side cocktail pub's floral-yet-earthy signature drink is its bestseller all year long, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a simple, elegant recipe: Combine 1.25 ounces Hendrick’s or Ford’s Gin with hot black tea—he likes a combination of English Breakfast and Earl Grey, "oversteeped and then left overnight," sweetened with 1 part simple syrup to 3 parts tea ("to the point where it’s a little oversweet, since you’re going to be cutting it with the gin")—then serve in a coffee glass with a float of cold, frothy cream. "It has a hot-cold thing [thanks to the cream] that’s very soothing," Giuseppe says. He believes in open-source mixology and shares all of his recipes online: Download directions for the Duke of Suffolk and any other drinks that catch your eye from the "Twin Lions" cocktail book, here.

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Pair It With: Overlook Throw

This chunky, hand-knit wool wonder recalls the texture of a well-loved fisherman’s sweater—and at 48"x76", it’s considerably easier to share with a friend. Its creamy texture is the perfect topper for a reading nook.

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