40 Cold-Weather Cocktails

Shake off a cold-weather chill with these warm-and-toasty cocktails. From classic Irish coffee and mulled wine to cocoa with a kick, these 40 hot toddies are good for what ails you.

February 28, 2020

Photo By: Heather Baird

Photo By: Heather Baird

Photo By: Heather Baird

Photo By: Heather Baird

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Photo By: Sam Henderson

Photo By: Heather Baird

Photo By: Heather Baird

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Photo By: Heather Baird

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'Tis the Season for Sippin'

Cold weather + warm, boozy bevvies = a match made in cocktail heaven. Whether you prefer your warm cuppa chocolatey, fruity or creamy, we've got you covered! Read on for our 40 favorite cocktails to warm you up on chilly days.

Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

A magical blending of orgeat syrup, brandy and creme de cacao ensures this warm and creamy cocktail tastes just like decadent chocolate-covered cherries.

Get the Recipe: Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa Recipe

Traditional Wassail With a Modern Twist

Harried hosts will appreciate this make-ahead drink that serves a crowd and can be created while you're busy with party set-up or meal prep. Simply place the ingredients in a slow cooker and simmer for 4 to 6 hours. Guests can help themselves when they arrive; even the garnishes are already part of the cocktail.

Get the Recipe: How to Make Traditional Wassail in a Slow Cooker

Maple Nut Goodie Cocktail

Banish winter blues with this creamy coffee-based cocktail that's perfect for fireside sipping. Our homemade butterscotch syrup is the perfect finishing touch.

Get the Recipe: Warm Up With a Maple Nut Goodie Cocktail

Old Fashioned: Some Like It Hot

This warm version of the classic cocktail is perfect for chilly winter nights cuddled up by the fire. Featuring the rich flavor of aromatic bitters and bright hints of citrus and cherries, it’s also a chic sip that can be served at more formal occasions, like dinner parties, showers and weddings.

Get the Recipe: Warm Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

Hot Buttered Bourbon

This twist on traditional hot buttered rum adds the comforting flavors of oak and caramel for the ultimate winter warm-up. Serve in a standard mug or take our lead and give a double-walled cocktail glass a try to ensure this seasonal sip stays warm right down to the last drop.

Get the Recipe: Hot Buttered Bourbon Cocktail

Hot Cranberry Mule

Mule cocktails aren't just for cooling off on a hot day. This warm-and-toasty version gets the summer staple ready for holiday entertaining.

Get the Recipe: Hot Cranberry Mule

Tipsy S'mores Cocktail

What would fall and winter be without chocolatey, gooey s'mores?! This adults-only sip combines all the goodness of the campfire classic with a soul-warming boozy kick. Toasted marshmallows add a tasty finishing touch.

Get the Recipe: Boozy S'Mores Cocktail

Blood Orange Hot Toddy

Upgrade the usual lemon wedge in the classic hot toddy for the season’s most beautiful citrus. Vibrant blood orange slices give this cocktail complexity, a more intense citrus flavor and a cheery splash of color. Sharing is caring! Double our recipe, below, to keep your crowd warm and toasty.

Get the Recipe: Blood Orange Hot Toddy

Hot White Russian With Salted Caramel Rim

This toasty take on the creamy White Russian cocktail is a nice alternative to hot cocoa — with a coffee kick. A rim of salted caramel dresses up this drink with a salty-sweet finish that just might make this decadent drink your new cold weather go-to.

Get the Recipe: Hot White Russian With Salted Caramel

Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail

Cherry, vanilla and amaretto give this cocktail all the flavors of a hot-from-the-oven cherry pie. The whipped cream and pie crust crumble make it as pretty as it is tasty.

Get the Recipe: Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail

Toasty Amaretto Sugar Cookie White Cocoa

Amaretto liqueur gives this cocktail rich almond flavor, while a sugared rim, sprinkling of cinnamon and an amaretto cookie garnish make this sweet sip taste like dessert in a glass.

Get the Recipe: Amaretto Sugar Cookie White Cocoa Cocktail

Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa

This warm cocktail pairs the chill of peppermint with the warmth of steamy hot cocoa. Topped with crushed peppermints and whipped cream, it's sure to please.

Get the Recipe: Boozy Peppermint Patty Hot Cocoa

Warm Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail

When it's cold outside, warm up with this indulgent cocktail that tastes like rich coconut cream pie. Topped with toasted coconut and graham cracker crumbs, it's a boozy twist on the classic dessert.

Get the Recipe: Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail Recipe

Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks

Spike this traditional, pepper-infused Mexican cocoa with your favorite tequila — or even rum, coffee-flavored liqueur or whiskey — for a soul-warming sip.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks

Spiked Chai Tea

Spicy, sweet and creamy, this hot toddy can be enjoyed with or without an extra kick of bourbon.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Chai Tea Recipe

Slow Cooker Sangria

Think sangria is only for summer? Nope! This slow cooker version makes it a snap to whip up a crowd-pleasing batch of this spicy, fruity wine-based cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Warm Up With This Slow-Cooker Sangria Recipe

Spicy + Spiked Hot Cocoa

For spicy flavor fans, this recipe really dials up the heat with ancho chile powder. Balanced with the sweetness of Irish cream liqueur, this chocolatey concoction is sure to hit the spot. Recipe courtesy of Brimstone Woodfire Grill.

See More Photos: Boozy Hot Cocoa Is What You Need for the Holidays

Mulled White Wine

Spice up your fall or winter get-together with this aromatic, brandy-infused white wine cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Festive Mulled White Wine Recipe

Hoppin' Hot Scotch

Butterscotch schnapps, hot chocolate and amaretto merge to create a decadent dessert cocktail sure to warm up holiday guests.

Get the Recipe: Hoppin' Hot Scotch Cocktail Recipe

Classic Eggnog

Get a head-start on holiday celebrations with this rich and creamy favorite. Top with one of our free printable flags for a festive finishing touch.

Get the Recipe: Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Spiced Cappuccino Cocktail

Stir Old Tom gin, Licor43 and Kahlua into strong brewed coffee, then top with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg for an after-dinner drink that's perfect to enjoy while catching up with family and friends.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Cappucini Cocktail

Tipsy Hibiscus + Green Tea Cocktail

Rich in antioxidants and full of flavor, this bourbon-based cocktail is both good for you and good for what ails you. Like any tea, it's also equally delicious hot or cold.

Get the Recipe: Tipsy Hibiscus + Green Tea Cocktail

Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Add a splash of hazelnut liqueur to this made-from-scratch hot cocoa, then top with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolatey hazelnut spread and chocolate-covered cookies for a chill-banishing cocktail that doubles as dessert.

Get the Recipe: Holiday Food Gift: Hazelnut Hot Cocoa Recipe

Hot Rasapple Rum Cider

Welcome cold weather guests with the warm and cozy aroma of this spicy hot cider. Triple or even quadruple the recipe to whip up a big batch for tailgating, pumpkin picking or just relaxing by the fire pit.

Get the Recipe: Hot Rasapple-Rum Cider Recipe

Traditional Irish Coffee

Irish whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream are all you need to turn a cup of coffee into this cold weather classic. This drink isn't overly rich so it pairs well with dessert, yet is tasty enough to enjoy on its own.

Get the Recipe: Irish Coffee Recipe

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

This apple cider-based cocktail gets its kick courtesy of Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spices and vanilla. Before serving, add a fresh cinnamon stick for an extra bit of spice.

Get the Recipe: Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

Hot Buttered Rum

Gather with friends and family around a roaring outdoor fire to enjoy this soul-soothing cocktail. Hot milk, brown sugar, dark rum and real butter give this drink its signature flavor.

Get the Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum

Mulled Red Wine

Mulled drinks have been at the center of holiday celebrations for centuries. Give your Thanksgiving feast a traditional twist by serving this spiced vintage.

Get the Recipe: Mulled Wine

Hot Spiked Cocoa

Knock the chill off outdoor holiday activities with this tasty twist on homemade hot cocoa. Kahlua, light rum or silver tequila give it an extra kick.

Get the How-To: Hot Spiked Cocoa Recipe

Hot Peppermint Rod

With a healthy helping of both peppermint schnapps and vodka, this holiday cocktail is sure to warm you up.

Get the Recipe: Hot Peppermint Rod

Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick

Almost a dessert in itself, this cold weather cocktail is warm, chocolatey and creamy. For guests with a sweet tooth, it's the perfect late-night or after-dinner indulgence.

Get the Recipe: Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick

Cranberry Hot Toddy

This twist on a classic mulled apple cider gets a double shot of cranberry flavor with the addition of both cranberry vodka and juice.

Get the Recipe: Cranberry Hot Toddy

Butterscotch Bedtime Warmer

Milk, honey and butterscotch schnapps come together to create a delicious warm cocktail to cap off a cold winter's day.

Get the Recipe: Butterscotch Bedtime Warmer

Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Chambord and white crème de cacao lend this warm-and-toasty cocoa a rich and fruity finish.

Get the Recipe: Cocoa Raspberry Heaven

Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

Apple cider, bourbon and candied ginger combine to create a flavorful twist on the classic hot toddy.

Get the Recipe: Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy Recipe

Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix

Take storebought cocoa from boring to blissfully boozy with a shot of your favorite flavored liqueur — peppermint, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps are safe bets — or liquor, like bourbon, whiskey, tequila or vodka. Make your cup extra creamy with a combination of half-and-half and milk.

Arturo's Positano Winter Sunset

Relax with this popular drink direct from sunny Italy. It's just what the doctor ordered on a chilly fall or winter night.

Get the Recipe: Arturo's Positano Winter Sunset Recipe

Hot Hard Apple Cider

Greet guests coming in from the cold with this warm, richly scented hard apple cider.

Get the Recipe: Hot Hard Apple Cider Recipe

Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Eggnog)

Rumpope, pronounced "rom-poe-pay," uses eggs, condensed milk, peaches, vanilla extract and cinnamon for a sweet, silky holiday beverage.

Get the Recipe: Rosario's Rumpope (Ecuadorian Holiday Eggnog)

Traditional Hot Toddy

This classic combination of whiskey, lemon and honey is not only is good for what ails you but its mellow flavor is the perfect complement to rich desserts.

Get the Recipe: Classic Hot Toddy Recipe

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