20 Hot Cocktails for Cold Weather and Winter Holidays

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There are certain cocktails and alcoholic drinks perfect for the summer that will wash the heat away, but how about during wintertime or the? You know that once maple leaves start to fall, the chilly nights are next to come.

Are there even alcoholic drinks that will still taste good when served warm? What is the best warm alcoholic drink you can make at home?

Before we go through that, you must know that alcohol is already in itself a good warming tool. Alcohol dilates blood vessels throughout the body and increases blood flow through the extremities and to the skin.

So if you are not a hot cocoa or coffee type of person, then some good warm cocktail may just be perfect for you during this cold season. 

What are hot alcoholic drinks or hot cocktails to keep you warm?

What’s a good way to warm yourself other than lighting your fireplace and cozying up with a blanket and a good book? In my case, a good drink of course!

One most common alcoholic drink or liqueur that tastes good when warm is red wine. The warming effect of red wine is brought on by the warming thoughts associated with the dark fermented grapes which is one of the body’s natural reactions to the tannins and histamines that are found in the skins of red grapes.

And because of this, you will most likely see glasses of red wine served during Christmas parties. Another perfect drink is a rum which has a rich and smooth texture and can be served warm during the cold winter season!

Some more favorite hot drinks that are perfect for a long, cold evening are whiskey and tequila which can be mixed with other beverages right in your home!

What is are the best hot cocktails for cold weather?

There are several mixes of alcoholic drink and the world of hot cocktails that are perfect for the cold weather so no, you do not necessarily have to take a shot of tequila hot drink each time you want to warm yourself up. With that said, you can warm up with a cozy drink! Here are some classic alcoholic drinks for the winter season:

  • Hot buttered rum. If rum is your favorite alcoholic drink, then you may want to try this classic warm drink. You just need some butter, a dash of salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon to taste. Boil it in a water, simmer for 10 minutes, and add rum when pouring into mugs! 
  • Hot Toddy. Another most common winter alcoholic drink is a Hot Toddy. You just need to pour hot water onto a whisky or brandy, add some honey, maybe a dash of lemon juice, ground cloves, ground nutmeg, and cinnamon stick for garnish, and you are done!
  • Spanish coffee. If you are a coffee and alcohol lover, then why not make a mix of the two? The easiest version of this is simply adding equal parts Tia Maria and rum to coffee, then topping with whipped cream and a cherry.
  • Grog. Another simple drink that you can make! You just need hot water, a few ounces of dark rum, a cinnamon stick, a slice of orange, and just mix it with brown sugar and lime juice to taste! 

Hot cocktails for winter and drinks to try

We all sometimes crave our needed fix for alcoholic beverages to warm us up especially now that the cold, winter season is here. But no, you do not have to settle for a straight tequila shot each time. If you are looking for the best hot alcoholic drinks during this cold season, here are warm and delicious alcoholic drinks recipes you can make during the cold weather!

20. Tequila Chai Hot Toddy

Chai is one of the go-to drinks when the winter season comes right around the corner. And if you still feel like you need more warmth, why not add a shot (or two) of tequila in it? This easy hot boozy drink contains tequila, orange juice, and chai tea that will keep everyone warm during the winter long cold days!

Truly an easy hot toddy recipe you can do at home!

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19. Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

If you want a taste of your favorite apple pie but you do not have the time to bake it or go out and buy it from the store, then why not make it into a winter drink? It’s an easy and quick remedy for your pie cravings! You just need hot apple cider with brown sugar and apple pie spices, and of course, your favorite apple brandy, aged rum, or any alcoholic drink!

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18. Bourbon Spiked Hot Chocolate

Nothing beats a cold weather than a hot buttered bourbon in chocolate! This drink is rich, creamy, and can be topped with your favorite marshmallows! You can easily make this drink in 5 minutes!

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17. Irish Coffee – Classic Spiked Hot Drink

If you are looking for one of the best hot cocktail recipe, then an Irish coffee should be on your list! This drink is made of whiskey (or your choice of Irish whiskey), and is sweetened with whipped cream, sweet coffee, and Irish cream!

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16. Spiked Caramel Latte

What’s better than your favorite caramel latte? Well, a spiked hot caramel latte! This warm alcoholic drink gives the perfect mix of coffee and.. yes, alcohol! It consists of hot rum and butterscotch chips, and will surely warm you from the inside.

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15. Glogg Recipe – A Traditional Scandinavian Holiday Drink

Today, we are sharing a delicious Glogg recipe that is like a delicious mulled wine, but this version has a Scandinavian twist. Check out this beautiful recipe and if you want to share in some Scandinavian heritage or just want to shake up your Christmas Mulled Wine, give this a try.

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14. Slow Cooker Mulled Wine

Slow Cooker Mulled Wine ~ this warming winter cocktail scents the whole house, and guests can help themselves! Let’s get this party started!

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13. Buttered Kahlua Hot Chocolate (The Original Hot Buttered Rum)

Hot Buttered Kahlua is the ultimate winter warm you up drink. A spin off of the original hot buttered rum, this hot cocktail is creamy, rich, and spicy with a nice coffee kick. It’s the perfect end to a cold winter’s day that will leave you feeling warm and cozy!

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12. Easy Gluhwein Recipe (Mulled Wine)

If you are looking for an easy and authentic Gluhwein recipe, you have come to the right place!

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11. Homemade Rum & Eggnog Latte – Best Hot Classic Drink

Rum & Eggnog Latte is great to enjoy during tree trimming, present wrapping, or just to celebrate and spread some holiday cheer.

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10. Hot Buttered Apple Cider – Classic Hot Drink

Hot Buttered Apple Cider is hot buttered rum meets fresh apple cider (you can make it boozy or not.) It’s perfect for winter celebrations, or just curling up, solo, by the fire.

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9. Slow Cooker Mulled Wine (or stovetop)

This slow cooker mulled wine is the perfect festive cocktail! It’s warming, cozy, delicious and so easy to whip up (with only 5 minutes of prep time). Great for those holiday parties!

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8. Slow Cooker Smoking Bishop Recipe

You have to serve this Slow Cooker Smoking Bishop recipe at your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party!

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7. Apple Cider Hot Toddy

Warm up with a delicious apple cider hot toddy! This hot apple toddy is a warm and cozy whiskey cocktail for those cool nights. You can even add in a spiced apple or two!

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6. Frosty Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs To Sip and Savor

Frosty Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bombs To Sip and Savor Frosty peppermint hot chocolate bombs are ready to awaken your senses in your favorite beverage. This easy recipe is the next best thing to come this holiday season!

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5. Kahlua Dalgona Coffee (Whipped Coffee)

Kahlua Dalgona Coffee (Whipped Coffee) with instant espresso and chocolate drizzle is a rich, decadent and delicious Kahlua coffee recipe sure to become a new favorite! You can also add in a simple syrup for that extra flavor!

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4. Almond Milk Chai With Whiskey And Orange 

Looking for a boozy hot drink? So, I’ve got this awesome book sitting on my coffee table, Winter Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa. Know what it’s full of?

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3. Warm Spiced Cranberry Cocktail (or Mocktail)

This warm spiced cranberry cocktail is easy to make but so tasty, with or without alcohol. A perfect way to get in the festive spirit and warm you through.

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2. Boiled Custard

This boiled custard is a great hot drink that will surely make you full! It is a delicious dessert drink that’s perfect for the holiday season and will make you feel all warm and wonderful inside.

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1. Delicious Holiday Sorrel Drink With Cinnamon

Sorrel Drink is a refreshing sweet and tart Caribbean drink of steeped Sorrel (Hibiscus) with cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Enjoy it cold, in a tasty rum or wine cocktail, or as a hot cider this holiday season.

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  1. This is a delicious roundup for the holidays. Perfect for sitting by the fire with a good book. I need to make the rum and eggnog latte for present wrapping.

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