The holiday season is upon us, and there's no better way to ward off the winter chill than with a warm, cozy drink.
Whether you're curled up by the fire with a good book or entertaining guests, a hot cocktail is the perfect way to add some festive cheer to your evenings.
But with so many recipes out there, it can be tough to know where to start.
That's why we've put together a list of the best hot Christmas drinks to help you get in the spirit.
From classic mulled wine to creative twists on hot cocoa, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and warm your soul.
So grab a blanket, put on your favorite holiday playlist, and let's get started on a journey through the best hot Christmas cocktails.
1. Boozy Peppermint Mocha
Looking for a hot and boozy Christmas cocktail that will warm you up from the inside out? Look no further than the Boozy Peppermint Mocha. This delicious drink combines rich chocolate, bright peppermint, and a touch of alcohol to create a festive and indulgent treat that's perfect for sipping on a cold winter night.
Whether you're hosting a holiday party or just looking for a special treat to enjoy with your loved ones, the Boozy Peppermint Mocha is sure to impress. So why not give it a try this holiday season and see for yourself what all the fuss is about?
2. Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail
The Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail is a perfect drink to cozy up with during the winter season. This cocktail has a chai latte flavor with star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The addition of Irish cream and bourbon gives it a warming and delicious taste.
The cinnamon-sugared rim adds a sweet and spicy touch to the drink. This cocktail is perfect for those who want to enjoy a warm and comforting drink during the winter solstice. If you're looking for a festive drink to enjoy this holiday season, the Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
3. Jamie Oliver's Mulled Wine
Jamie Oliver's Mulled Wine is a classic hot spiced wine recipe that's perfect for the holidays. It's made with a fruity, medium- to full-bodied wine and infused with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
The recipe is less sweet than the traditional version, making it a great choice for those who prefer a less sugary drink. Serve it warm with cinnamon sticks, fresh citrus slices, and a star anise garnish for a festive and delicious drink that will impress your guests.
4. Santa's Nightcap
Looking for a holiday drink that's sure to warm you up? Look no further than "Santa's Nightcap"! This hot Christmas cocktail is a delicious blend of chai tea, milk, honey, fresh cinnamon, ginger, and a splash of bourbon.
It's the perfect drink to enjoy while snuggled up by the fire with loved ones, or while watching your favorite Christmas movie. Plus, it's easy to make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for later. Give "Santa's Nightcap" a try this holiday season and see why it's quickly becoming a favorite among hot Christmas cocktails.
5. Drunken Snowman
Looking for a festive and creamy hot cocktail to enjoy during the holiday season? Look no further than the Drunken Snowman. This delicious cocktail features vanilla ice cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and hot chocolate, topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
It's perfect for warming up on a cold winter day or serving at a holiday party. The Drunken Snowman can even be customized with variations like a chocolate rimmed mug or different types of chocolate liqueur. Whether you're sipping it by the fire or serving it to guests, the Drunken Snowman is sure to be a hit.
6. Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine
Non Alcoholic Mulled Wine is a warm and cozy drink that's perfect for the holidays. Made with sweet grape juice, fruit, and spices, it's a great alternative for those who prefer not to drink alcohol.
The fragrance of the mulled wine as it simmers on the stove top is part of the joy of serving this cozy recipe. It's a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and family-friendly hot Christmas cocktail.
7. Eggnog Brandy Alexander
The Eggnog Brandy Alexander is a creamy and indulgent cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with just three ingredients – eggnog, brandy, and spiced rum – this cocktail is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. The spiced rum adds a warm and cozy element to the drink, while the eggnog makes it creamy and sweet.
If you're not a fan of eggnog, you can easily substitute cream instead. This cocktail is perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold winter night, and is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. So why not try something new this year and give the Eggnog Brandy Alexander a try?
8. Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a classic American cocktail that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is a warm and cozy drink that is perfect for the holiday season. This cocktail is made with rum, butter, hot water or cider, sugar, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
The batter for this cocktail can be made in advance and stored in the freezer, making it a convenient drink to have on hand for those chilly nights. The creamy and rich texture of this cocktail is sure to warm you up from the inside out. If you're looking for a festive and delicious cocktail to serve at your holiday party, Hot Buttered Rum is a must-try.
9. Yuletide Grog
The Yuletide Grog is a unique and delicious holiday cocktail with sweet and smoky flavors and warm spicy notes from fresh cinnamon.
Made with dark and white rum, port wine, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and demerara sugar syrup, it can be served hot or cold. This cocktail has a rich history originating from the 18th century British navy and is perfect for any Christmas party or gathering.
10. Dirty Snowman
The Dirty Snowman is a delightful adult hot chocolate drink that is perfect for a cozy winter evening. This cocktail is a perfect combination of rich hot chocolate, ice cream, and liqueurs such as Kahlua, creme de cacao, or Bailey’s. The chocolate syrup coated rim and fluffy whipped cream topping give it a dessert-like feel that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The best part about this cocktail is that it packs a punch without being too strong, making it perfect for those who prefer milder drinks. The Dirty Snowman is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious and unique hot Christmas cocktail recipe.
Wassail is a classic mulled hot drink that is perfect for the holiday season. Originating from England, this sweet and spiced drink is made with a combination of fruit juices and warming spices. It can be served as a non-alcoholic mocktail or spiked with liquor for an added kick.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is Red Hots candies, which add a delicious cinnamon taste and a beautiful pink hue to the drink. Wassail is perfect for serving at Christmas parties or as a big batch drink on Christmas Eve. Its heady aroma and comforting ingredients make it a holiday winner that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter night.
12. Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail
The Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail is a delicious and easy-to-make drink that is perfect for the holiday season.
Made with classic hot chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla, and a splash of Rumchata, this creamy and spiced cocktail is perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold winter night. It's a must-try for anyone who loves a warm and cozy drink during the holidays.
13. A Winter Snowflake
"A Winter Snowflake" is a creamy and festive Christmas cocktail that is perfect for indulging in during the holiday season. With only 200 calories per serving, it's a guilt-free way to enjoy a decadent drink.
You can easily customize it to your liking and make a big batch for your Christmas party. Overall, it's a must-try for anyone who loves creamy and indulgent drinks.
14. Tequila Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate
If you're looking for a unique and delicious hot cocktail to enjoy this holiday season, look no further than the Tequila Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate. This smooth and creamy hot chocolate is spiced up with cinnamon, cayenne, and a hint of salt for a delicious Mexican twist.
And of course, the addition of tequila takes it to the next level. Whether you're cuddled up by the fire with someone special or just looking for a cozy night in, this hot cocktail is sure to warm you up from the inside out. So why not give it a try and add a little spice to your holiday season?
15. Rum Hot Toddy
Looking for a cozy and restorative drink to sip by the fire this holiday season? Look no further than the Rum Hot Toddy. This classic cocktail has been around for centuries and is sure to warm you from your head to your toes. Made with rum, hot water, and honey, this drink is perfect for those cold winter nights.
You can use any type of rum for this recipe, each adding unique flavor notes to the drink. Aged and dark rum, in particular, add intriguing flavor components. Whether you're entertaining a crowd or enjoying a single serving, the Rum Hot Toddy is a must-try for any cocktail lover.
16. Tom & Jerry Cocktail
Looking for a boozy and creamy winter punch? Look no further than the Tom & Jerry Cocktail. This classic Christmas concoction, dating back to the 1820s, is a more potent version of eggnog with brandy and rum added. The spiced batter base gives it a unique flavor that is perfect for warming up on a cold winter night.
Although it requires a bit of work to make the batter, the end result is well worth it. This cocktail is best served hot and is perfect for sharing with friends and family during the holiday season. So, if you're looking for a festive and delicious drink to add to your holiday menu, give the Tom & Jerry Cocktail a try.
17. Spike Hot Chocolate
If you're looking for a cozy and indulgent drink to warm you up this holiday season, look no further than the Spike Hot Chocolate. This classic winter treat gets a grown-up twist with the addition of your favorite liquor. This recipe uses homemade hot chocolate, which is rich and creamy thanks to the addition of a cooked egg yolk.
The result is a decadent and luxurious drink that is perfect for savoring on chilly evenings with loved ones. Top it off with some whipped cream and you have the ultimate winter indulgence. Trust us, you won't want to miss out on this spiked hot chocolate.
18. Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate
If you're looking for a festive and cozy drink to serve at your holiday party, look no further than Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate. This rich and creamy hot chocolate is spiked with peppermint schnapps for a cool and refreshing finish. The bitter richness of the chocolate pairs perfectly with the spicy, boozy flavor of the schnapps, making this drink a holiday tradition in many families.
While it's important to use caution when adding the potent 100 proof schnapps, the end result is a delicious and warming drink that's perfect for sipping by the fire. So ditch the pre-packaged mix and try making your own homemade hot chocolate for this festive cocktail.
19. Mulled Grape Juice
If you're looking for a non-alcoholic hot drink to enjoy with your family during the holiday season, Mulled Grape Juice is the perfect choice. This warm and cozy drink is packed with seasonal flavors, including cranberries, oranges, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, and ginger.
It's easy to prepare and can be consumed straightaway or reheated later, making it a great option for holiday parties. Plus, it's a healthy and fruity alternative to the more traditional mulled wine. So, if you're looking for a festive drink that everyone can enjoy, give Mulled Grape Juice a try.
20. Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail
If you're looking for a warm and cozy Christmas cocktail, the Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail is a must-try. This old-fashioned recipe is made with a homemade batter consisting of powdered sugar and eggs, and is spiked with rum and brandy. It's like a cross between eggnog and a Hot Toddy, and is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night.
The cocktail is often served in a warm mug and sprinkled with nutmeg for added flavor. This cocktail is a family tradition for many, and is sure to bring back memories of Christmases past. So, if you're looking to add a little nostalgia to your holiday celebrations, give the Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail a try.
21. RumChata Hot Chocolate
If you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make hot Christmas cocktail, RumChata Hot Chocolate is a must-try. This cocktail combines the creamy and spiced flavors of RumChata with the rich and comforting taste of hot chocolate. It's perfect for cozying up by the fire on a cold winter night or for serving at holiday parties.
The recipe is versatile and can be made with homemade hot cocoa or a boxed mix, and can be customized to your liking by adjusting the amount of RumChata added. This cocktail is a crowd-pleaser and is sure to impress your guests. Give it a try this holiday season and enjoy the warm and festive flavors of RumChata Hot Chocolate.
22. Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy
The Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy is a sweet and tart, gently spiced, and very delicious hot cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. This cocktail is a variation of the classic Hot Toddy recipe, but with the addition of unsweetened cranberry juice and warm spices, it creates a unique and flavorful twist.
The cranberry juice blends and cocktails used in this recipe are very delicious, making it a perfect choice for those who love sweet and fruity cocktails. This recipe is very forgiving, so you can easily substitute ingredients if you don't have everything on hand. If you're looking for a festive and warming cocktail to enjoy during the holidays, the Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy is definitely worth a try.
23. The Nutty Irishman
If you're looking for a warm, festive after-dinner coffee drink, look no further than "The Nutty Irishman." This creamy and nutty cocktail is made with Irish Whiskey, Bailey's, Frangelico, and a bit of coffee and Kahlua stirred in for fun.
Topped with whipped cream and festive sprinkles, it's like dessert in a glass. Frangelico liqueur adds a subtle nutty flavor to the cocktail, making it a perfect addition to your holiday celebrations. So, if you're looking for a delicious and easy-to-make hot Christmas cocktail, give "The Nutty Irishman" a try.
24. Swedish Glögg
Swedish Glögg is a traditional Scandinavian take on mulled wine that is perfect for the festive season. It's a spicy and warming drink that is best enjoyed with friends and family. This cocktail is a great make-ahead recipe and can be served in a variety of ways, from brandy balloon glasses to tall handled coffee-cup/hot toddy style glasses.
There are many variations to this recipe, and it's up to you to experiment with the ingredients to find the perfect blend that suits your taste. The non-alcoholic version of Glögg is also a great alternative for those who prefer not to drink. Overall, Swedish Glögg is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to add some warmth and spice to their holiday season.
25. Hot Buttered Bourbon
Hot Buttered Bourbon is a classic winter cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. This rich and flavorful drink is made with bourbon, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter, making it a warm and comforting treat on a cold evening. It's a sweet cocktail that may not appeal to everyone, but for those with a sweet tooth, it's a must-try.
The cocktail can be served with a cinnamon stick and whipped cream to add a festive touch. The recipe is easy to make in a large batch, making it perfect for holiday parties. If you're a bourbon lover, this cocktail is a must-try. Use your favorite bourbon, whether it's Maker's Mark, Knobs Creek, or Four Roses Bourbon, and enjoy the amazing flavor of this classic winter cocktail.
26. Boozy Peppermint Mocha Coffee
The Boozy Peppermint Mocha Coffee is a perfect cocktail for the holiday season. This Starbucks copycat recipe is easy to make and takes only a few minutes to prepare. It is a great drink to serve when you want to unwind with friends and family during the busy holiday season. The cocktail has a perfect balance of peppermint and mocha flavors that are sure to please your taste buds.
The recipe includes instructions for a non-alcoholic version, making it a versatile drink that everyone can enjoy. If you're a fan of the Peppermint Mocha at your local coffee house, you'll love this festive cocktail. It's a great way to add some holiday cheer to your gatherings and impress your guests with your bartending skills.
27. Tom and Jerry Drink
The Tom and Jerry Drink is a classic holiday cocktail that has recently made a comeback. It's a warm drink made with a batter that includes raw eggs and served one by one.
The origins of the drink are debatable, but it's often served in vintage bowl sets. It's a festive and nostalgic holiday drink that is sure to add some warmth to any Christmas gathering.
Gluhwein is a traditional German mulled wine that is perfect for the holiday season. Made with red wine, winter spices, and sweeteners such as sugar or honey, this hot drink is served in mugs or heat-resistant glasses. The spices used in Gluhwein add a lot of flavor to the drink, and there are no rules when it comes to the spice mix.
You can experiment with different spices to find your favorite combination. Gluhwein is a great way to warm up on a cold winter day and is perfect for serving at holiday parties. So, if you're looking for a festive drink to serve this holiday season, give Gluhwein a try!
29. Crock Pot Hot Chocolate
"Crock Pot Hot Chocolate" is a perfect hot Christmas cocktail for those who love to indulge in a rich and creamy cup of cocoa during the winter season. This cocktail is made by melting chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and whole milk together in a crock pot for two hours.
The result is a velvety smooth and decadent hot chocolate that can be spiked with Kahlua or Baileys for an extra kick. The cocktail can be topped off with marshmallows or whipped cream for a perfect finish. If you are looking for a boozy hot chocolate recipe that is easy to make and delicious to taste, then "Crock Pot Hot Chocolate" is a must-try.