You are watching a holiday movie, the fire is roaring, the candles are flaming, and your blanket is keeping you warm throughout the winter. However, do you know what’s lacking from this almost beautiful winter scene? A good cocktail or two to keep you warm.
So, here are some ideas for hot alcoholic beverages and hot cocktails to give a warm twist to our drink menus this season so that you can still have your drink and be warm and lively!
Here is our compilation of hot drink recipes to keep you warm this winter.
- Hot Toddy
Let’s start the day off with a hot toddy! They’re quite simple to create. Hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon are all you’ll need to make this classic beverage.
The Hot Toddy is yet another wonderful hot alcoholic beverage! It was regarded as a treatment for colds in the early 1800s, and it’s little wonder: this drink makes your chest feel warm. This whiskey cocktail is more of a winter beverage for entertaining than sipping by the fire in the evening.
It is also great for playing cards with the family. This year, you may serve a hot toddy bar at your holiday party.
- 2/4 cup of water
- 1 ½ ounces whiskey
- 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 round lemon
- 1 sprig of cinnamon (optional, for garnish)
Bring the water to a boil in a teapot or a saucepan over low heat. In a mug, pour the hot water together with 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Whiskey Stir until the honey is completely dissolved in the boiling water. Add 1 teaspoon honey if you want it sweeter and 1 teaspoon lemon juice if you want it spicier. Add a cinnamon stick and a lemon round to the top. Enjoy the moment!
- Spiked Hot Chocolate
Do you want a warm alcoholic beverage that warms you from the inside out? A handmade Spiked Hot Chocolate is the best way to get rid of the chill! The chocolate flavor in this mug of liquid cocoa is rich and creamy, with a great depth of flavor.
For a delectable dessert in a mug, combine sipping chocolate with spices and maple-cinnamon whipped cream. It makes two servings.
This thick and creamy hot chocolate recipe is perfect for easing the chill! You can add rum, bourbon, and other liquors to make it even more flavorful and delicious.
- 3 cups milk or preferred non-dairy milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon allspice
- Pinch salt
- Whipped Cream
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Chocolate syrup, for serving
Mix the cream, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl on medium-high speed until stiff, then set aside. Bring the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the drinking chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, allspice, and salt until the chocolate is completely melted. Separate into 2 mugs of hot water in each. In an airtight container, save any leftover whipped cream.
- Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a drink that’s perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold evening. It warms you up simply thinking about it. People have been drinking this traditional drink for generations.
With alcoholic dark rum, cinnamon, and allspice, this recipe has a subtle sweetness, cozy-spiced, and spirit-forward. Oh, and there’s just a hint of butter in there to give it a delicate creaminess. It’s enough to warm your toes as well as your heart.
- 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 ounces dark or aged rum
- 6 ounces hot water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- Cinnamon stick, for garnish (optional)
Combine the butter, vanilla essence, sugar, spices, and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well with a whisk.
Combine 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) spiced butter mixture in a heat-resistant glass or cup. It’s possible to store any leftover batter in the fridge in an airtight container for later use.
Stir in the boiling water until all of the ingredients are properly combined. If desired, garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serve and drink!
- Mulled Wine
An excellent Mulled Wine is a great hot alcoholic drink. Make a large pot of toasted allspice and cinnamon, and the aroma is irresistible in the kitchen. With mulling spices, citrus, and oak and vanilla notes on end, this recipe is just sweet enough to balance the robust fruity wine.
- 4 quarts of apple cider
- 1 bottle of red wine (750 ml), such as Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 tablespoon honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 zested and juiced orange
- 4 whole cloves
- 3-star anise
- 4 peeled oranges for garnish
In a large saucepan, combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves, and star anise, bring to a boil, and cook for 10 minutes on low heat. Serve immediately in mugs with an orange peel garnish.
- Irish coffee
Are you a fan of coffee with alcohol? Let’s create a cup of Irish coffee! That classic combo of bitter coffee, buttery scotch, and foamy whipped cream is the most soul-warming of all. There are different variations on the idea of spiked coffee. We will show you how to prepare the most incredible Irish coffee!
- 3 tablespoons (about Irish cream Baileys)
- 1/4 cup sugar (brown)
- black hot coffee
- 1 ounce whipped cream (fresh)
Stir the sugar into the baileys first, then top with the hot coffee in your Irish coffee glass. If desired, top with whipped cream.
Consider an Irish coffee for your next brunch drink this winter!