The Best Warm Cocktails You Must Try This Winter

The cold, snowy nights call for hot drinks by a cozy fire in good company. Being cocktail lovers ourselves, we put together a collection of the best trendy warm cocktails for this winter. This list has a bit of everything – a couple of hot tea cocktails and hot coffee cocktails for the caffeine lovers, amazing hot choc recipes for the kid in all of us, hot milk cocktails, apple cider and hard liqueur cocktails to get you warmed up in the coldest of nights.


Irish Coffee

Is there anything better than a strong Irish coffee on a cold winter day? It will give you the caffeine boost you need, plus it will get you warmed up. Wanna learn the best way to make an awesome Irish coffee? This is what you’ll need:

1 mug of strong hot coffee

2 sugar cubes

1 ½ oz Irish whiskey

Whipped cream


Warm a glass mug by pouring hot water in it, than pouring it out. This is necessary so that the glass doesn’t crack. Than pour the hot coffee about three fourths full. Add two sugar cubes and stir until they dissolve completely. Add a jigger of Irish whiskey and top with whipped cream. A trick to keep the cream on top is to pour it over the back of a spoon, than adding the rest of the cream on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon as a finishing touch of decoration.


Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

If you love pumpkin, booze and white chocolate, this is the hot beverage for you. And even better, this is a recipe for two.

½ cup chopped white chocolate

2 ½ cups milk

¼ cup pumpkin puree

¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 ounces Kahlua

Whipped cream

Melt the chocolate on low heat, along with ½ cup milk. Stir constantly. Once the chocolate’s melted, pour the rest of the milk with the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin pie spice. Mix them well. Divide the hot chocolate into two cups. Add the Kahlua, stir and put whipped cream on top. You can switch the Khalua with bourbon, only in this case use half an ounce per cup.


Peppermint Patty

This cocktail is one of the best (and easiest ones) ever. It is darn delicious and we love the fact that you can make it in the microwave in seconds. Basically, you’ll need:

1 glass of milk

Hot chocolate powder (to taste)

1 shot of Peppermint Schnapps

Whipped cream


Heat the milk in a microwave and add as much chocolate powder as you like it. Pour the liqueur, mix and top it with whipped cream and sprinkles. Quick, easy and delicious!


Chocolate Kiss

Another hot chocolate-based cocktail. Yes, we really love hot chocolate. Nothing gets you warmed up like a cup of delicious spiked hot chocolate. It’s like a little cup of happiness in the cold snowy afternoon.

1 ½ oz peppermint schnapps

½ oz coffee liqueur

1 cup of hot chocolate

Whipped cream

Pour the peppermint schnapps and the coffee liqueur into a mug and fill it with hot chocolate. Mix everything well and top it with lots of whipped cream.


Maple Bourbon Chai Tea

If you like your tea spiked, this is the recipe for you. Another fast and easy cocktail made in just a couple of minutes.

6 ounces hot water

2 chai tea bags

3 ounces Maple Bourbon

1 ounce half-and-half

1 cinnamon stick

Make the tea as usual, put the tea bags in a cup and pour the hot water over them, than let it steep for a couple of minutes. Remove the tea bags. Pour the bourbon and half-and-half and mix well. Use the cinnamon stick for garnish and additional flavour.


Spiced Hot Toddy

Is this cold weather giving you a sore throat? You do not want to miss this cocktail. It really helps, plus it has booze!

6 ounces of hot chai tea

1 ½ ounces of premium whiskey

¼ ounces of pure honey

½ ounces of freshly squeezed orange juice

1 orange twist

1 cinnamon stick

Warm a mug by placing it under hot running water. Next, add the honey. The warm mug will melt it even more. Pour the freshly brewed tea and stir with a cinnamon stick. You want the honey completely dissolved. Then add the whiskey and the orange juice and stir some more. Put one orange twist in the mug along with the cinnamon stick for more flavour and a cute garnish.


Mulled wine

Can there ever be a complete winter cocktail list without mulled wine? Not really. This one is our absolute favourite version for this season.

1 bottle of red wine

30 oz water

2 lemons

1 large orange

1 tablespoon of orange zest

8 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

2,5 oz caster sugar

Peel the zest of one lemon and one orange. Squeeze the juice. Pour them into a pan along with the water. Add the cinnamon stick and the cloves. Bring it to a simmer, cover and cook for an hour. In the meantime, cut the remaining orange and lemon into thin slices for garnish. Once the wine is done, add the sugar and strain into serving glasses. Garnish with the lemon and orange slices floating on top.


Hot Apple Cider Rum Punch

The perfect punch for a winter party. So easy to make, just double or triple the recipe!

4 cups apple cider

1 cup rum

1 cup cranberry juice

1 cup orange juice

¼ cup honey

1 cinnamon stick

1 sliced orange

4 whole cloves

2 whole allspice

In a cheesecloth bag, put the cloves, allspice and cinnamon stick. Pour all of the other ingredients, except the rum, with the spices, in a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Pour into serving mugs, add the rum and mix. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.


Hot Chocolate and Kahlua

This is a recipe for real homemade hot chocolate, not the store bought mix we lazy people usually use. It is so much better, it has that real cocoa flavour that one doesn’t taste too often, plus it has booze and marshmallows! The best ever.

2 cups of milk

3 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

A pinch of nutmeg

1 ounce Kahlúa

Mini marshmallows

Chocolate syrup

Heat the milk, cocoa, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Cook for just a couple of minutes and add the Kahlua. Pour in a serving glass, garnish with mini marshmallows and chocolate syrup.


Tom & Jerry

Dark rum anyone? This classic warm winter cocktail is definitely one of our favorites. Here’s what you’ll need:

1 egg

½ ounce simple syrup

1 ounce dark rum

1 ounce cognac

6 ounces hot milk

Grated nutmeg

Separate the egg white from the egg yolk. You’ll need both, beaten separately. Then fold them together and pour them into a serving glass, preferably Irish coffee glass. Next, add the simple syrup, dark rum and cognac. Fill the glass with hot milk and stir well. Garnish it with a pinch of grated nutmeg and serve.