7 Hot Cocktails to Get You Through the Winter

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Nothing helps keep a person warm than a little whiskey, brandy, or hot buttered rum. And with the cold weather rolling in, there is nothing we need more than a little help warming up.

These classic drink recipes that will definitely warm you up and definitely please your tastebuds.

7 Hot Cocktails to Get You Through the Winter:

1. Bourbon-Spiked Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate with a little booze for good measure. If you’re not a bourbon fan, Kahlua works just as good.


  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 1 ounce Kahlua or 1/2 ounce Bourbon
  • whipped cream and caramel for topping (optional)

Directions to make:

  1. In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the milk, whisking often (about 3 minutes).
  2. Once melted, add the rest of the milk and stir vigorously to incorporate.
  3. Pour a small amount of the hot chocolate into two serving glasses, add one ounce of Kahlua OR one-half ounce of bourbon (bourbon is much stronger in taste).
  4. Top off with hot chocolate, stir and then top with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

2. Hot Bourbon-Orange Tea Toddy

An excellent cocktail that can be served before or after dinner.


  • 1 (3-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 3 regular-size orange pekoe tea bags
  • 1/2 cup bourbon

Directions to make:

  1. Bring first 4 ingredients and 1 qt. water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Remove pan from heat.
  3. Add tea bags; steep 10 minutes.
  4. Remove and discard solids, using a slotted spoon.
  5. Whisk in bourbon, and serve hot or warm.

3. Spiced Irish Coffee

What better way than do start a cold winter day than with a little whiskey and coffee?


  • 1½ cups freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons whiskey
  • whipped cream (optional)

Directions to make:

  1. Divide all ingredients between two glasses.
  2. Pipe the whipped cream onto each drink, if desired.

4. Winter Old-Fashioned

A spicy take on a rightful classic.


  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 12 ounces sweet bourbon (or whiskey)
  • 1 orange, cut into 8 wedges
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (optional garnish)

Directions to make:

  1. Place first five ingredients into a saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then cover and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to steep for 30 minutes. Strain the spices from the simple syrup.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool completely before placing in the fridge for an hour to chill.
  4. Divide an orange wedge and two cherries into each four glasses and muddle together.
  5. Place the chilled syrup, bourbon and ice into a large shaker and shake until well combined.
  6. Divide the mixture into each glass and top with an extra orange wedge, squeezing the wedge before dropping into the glass.
  7. Garnish each glass with a cinnamon stick, if using, and serve.

5. Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum

I can’t think of a better cocktail to curl up with on a cold, winter day.


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin butter
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • pinch salt
  • dark rum
  • hot water
  • whipped cream, to garnish

Directions to make:

  1. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, pumpkin butter, pumpkin pie spice, and salt using a mixer on low setting.
  2. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of butter mixture to the bottom of a heat-proof glass or mug.
  3. Add 2 ounces of dark rum.
  4. Fill the glass with boiling water.
  5. Stir to mix.
  6. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a dusting of spice (optional).

6. The Martinez

It’s the kind of martini you can drink in front of the fire.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 bar spoon of maraschino
  • 1 dash orange bitters

Directions to make:

  1. Stir ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a coupe glass.
  3. Serve up and garnish with an orange twist.

7. Sour Green Apple Margarita

The jalapeño will help keep you warm.


  • 1 lime wedge
  • kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup jalapeño simple syrup
  • 1 cup sour green apple juice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec or grand marnier
  • ice
  • jalapeño simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  • lime wedges for garnish

Directions to make:

  1. Use the lime wedge to rub around the rim of the glass, then dip the rim in the kosher salt. Set aside.
  2. Next make the syrup: In a small pan, combine the sugar, water, and jalapeno and bring to a simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add the contents to the jar of a blender and puree on high until smooth.
  4. Put the syrup in the fridge to chill.
  5. Fill the salt rimmed glasses with ice cubes.
  6. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, simple syrup, mix sour green apple juice, lime juice, tequila and grand marnier.
  7. Shake vigorously and pour over the ice- garnish with lime wedges.

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