Cold nights and alcohol go together like logs and fire, but warming yourself up with a little nip or two can get pricey. So why not save a buck and make it yourself?
Fermentations (201 Danforth, 416-778-9000, fermentations.ca) lets you customize your beer or wine (from stout to shiraz). Or be adventurous and try home-brewing like a true beer baron; check out homebrewzone.com for the basics, while blog.homebrewbeer.net chronicles the ins and outs of the very old and rewarding custom. To really impress your friends, do as the Vikings did and get loaded on homemade mead with ridiculously complex and time-consuming recipes like the one on rabbitsfootmeadery.com.