As the holiday season approaches, there's nothing quite like cozying up by the fire with a warm drink in hand.
The aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves wafting through the air, the sound of holiday music playing softly in the background, and the warmth of the drink spreading through your body – it's the perfect way to unwind after a long day of holiday shopping, baking, or decorating.
But with so many warm drink options out there, it can be overwhelming to choose the perfect one.
Do you go for a classic hot cocoa, or something a little more adventurous like a mulled wine or apple cider? And what about adding a little kick with a splash of whiskey or rum?
That's where we come in. As bartenders, we've tried and tested countless warm holiday drink recipes, and we're here to share our favorites with you.
From traditional recipes that have been passed down for generations, to modern twists on classic drinks, we've got you covered.
So sit back, relax, and let us guide you through the world of warm holiday drinks.
We promise you'll find something that will warm your heart (and your hands) this holiday season.
1. Apple Cider Hot Toddy
The Apple Cider Hot Toddy is a flavorful twist on the traditional hot toddy, with cozy spices and a touch of sweetness from honey.
It's perfect for serving at a party and can be customized with your favorite dark liquor. If you're looking for a delicious and festive cocktail to serve during the holiday season, the Apple Cider Hot Toddy is a must-try!
2. Slow Cooker Tequila Hot Toddy
The Slow Cooker Tequila Hot Toddy is a modern twist on the traditional winter cocktail. It features tequila, honey, and spices, and is made in a slow cooker, making it perfect for large gatherings. The addition of cinnamon sticks adds a warm and cozy aroma to your home as it simmers away.
This cocktail is perfect for those cold, drizzly, and damp days when you need a little warmth. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful holiday cocktail, the Slow Cooker Tequila Hot Toddy is definitely worth a try.
3. Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Cocktail
The Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a warm and comforting drink during the holiday season. This cocktail is a perfect blend of vodka, bourbon, and apple cider, creating a delicious taste that will keep you cozy on those cold winter nights. The caramel vodka adds a sweet and rich flavor to the drink, while the cinnamon and apple scents make it smell like Christmas.
Topped with whipped cream, this cocktail is perfect for sipping by the fire while watching the snow fall outside. It's a festive and delicious way to get into the holiday spirit. If you're looking for a warm and comforting drink this holiday season, the Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
4. Snowblower Holiday Cocktail
The Snowblower Holiday Cocktail is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is perfect for any holiday party. With just three ingredients, this cocktail is versatile enough to be served warm or chilled, depending on your preference. The combination of spiced apple cider, cranberry juice, and dark rum creates a warming and festive flavor that is sure to please any crowd.
The use of 100% cranberry juice and a high-quality dark rum like Kraken adds depth and complexity to the drink. For those who prefer a different type of liquor, the recipe can be easily adapted to include bourbon or another dark liquor. Overall, the Snowblower Holiday Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a warm and delicious holiday drink.
5. Simple Mulled Wine
If you're looking for a cozy and comforting drink to warm you up during the holiday season, look no further than Simple Mulled Wine. This classic European drink is full of seasonal spices and a bold red wine, making it the perfect way to unwind after a long day or to share with friends and family.
The recipe is easy to adjust to your own preferences, whether you prefer a heavier wine taste or a lighter, fruitier flavor. Plus, it can be made on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, making it a versatile option for any occasion. So why not give Simple Mulled Wine a try this holiday season and see why it's become a beloved tradition around the world?
6. Warm Spiked Apple Cider
Looking for a cozy and delicious cocktail to warm up your cold winter nights? Look no further than the Warm Spiked Apple Cider! This sweet and cinnamon-y drink is the perfect nightcap or after-dinner drink that will keep you warm and satisfied.
Made with warm apple cider and a touch of apple pie moonshine, this cocktail is a fantastic choice for a small family gathering or a solo night in. The recipe is easy to make and uses ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. If you're looking for a festive and delicious drink to enjoy during the holidays, give the Warm Spiked Apple Cider a try!
7. Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a classic warm cocktail that is perfect for the winter season. It is a rich and buttery drink that is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweetened with honey. The cocktail is spiked with rum, which gives it a delicious flavor that is sure to warm you up on a cold evening.
The drink is easy to make, and can be customized to your taste. It is perfect for a cozy night in, or for serving at a holiday party. If you're looking for a warm and comforting drink to enjoy this winter, Hot Buttered Rum is definitely worth trying.
8. Boozy Hot Chocolate
Looking for a cozy and delicious holiday cocktail to warm you up this winter? Look no further than the Boozy Hot Chocolate! This cocktail is a perfect combination of rich and flavorful homemade cocoa with vodka, creme de menthe, and plenty of whipped cream to warm your spirits.
The crushed candy canes give it a festive flair, making it a great fireplace sipper for the holiday season. The recipe is quick and easy to make with simple pantry ingredients. This warm and spirited cocktail is perfect for any holiday celebration and is sure to bring instant holiday cheer. So, why not give it a try and indulge in the deliciousness of Boozy Hot Chocolate this winter?
9. Spiked Apple Cider With Bourbon
The Spiked Apple Cider with Bourbon is a perfect warm holiday cocktail that will make your spirits high. It is a classic cocktail that has the power to warm up even the coldest evenings of fall and winter. This cocktail is easy to make and has a delicious aroma that doubles as potpourri while it simmers.
The combination of apple cider and bourbon gives it a unique taste that is perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. It is a great drink to serve at holiday parties and get-togethers. The recipe can be adjusted to make it non-alcoholic, making it enjoyable for everyone. Overall, the Spiked Apple Cider with Bourbon is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a warm and cozy drink during the holiday season.
10. Red Rudolph Cocktail
The Red Rudolph Cocktail is a sweet and mellow warm drink that tastes like cranberry, orange, and sweet cinnamon. It is perfect for the holiday season and makes a great dessert drink. The sugar pearls on top of the whipped cream add a lovely touch to the aesthetic.
It pairs well with salty snacks and works well as a brunch cocktail. It is a fairly weak cocktail but can be easily tweaked to make it stronger. Overall, the Red Rudolph Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a warm and festive drink during the holiday season.
11. Holiday Spice Martini
The Holiday Spice Martini is a warm and cozy cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. It is a spicy twist on the classic martini, with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, combined with RumChata, vodka, brandy, half and half, cinnamon syrup, and Orleans bitters.
The cinnamon sugar rim adds a sweet touch to the cocktail, while the sprinkle of nutmeg on top gives it a festive look. This cocktail is perfect to sip on while enjoying a pumpkin dessert, without overwhelming the palate with pumpkin flavors. The Holiday Spice Martini is a must-try for anyone looking for a warm and comforting cocktail during the holiday season.
12. Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria
The Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Sangria is a warm and cozy cocktail that is perfect for the fall and winter seasons. This red wine-based cocktail is loaded with cranberry flavor and seasonal spices, making it a delicious and bright drink that is sure to impress your guests.
The recipe includes cranberries, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and whole peppercorns, which meld together to create a unique and flavorful cocktail. Garnished with fresh cranberries, orange slices, and cinnamon, this cocktail is sure to become a signature drink at your holiday gatherings.
13. White Russian
The White Russian is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for decades. This warm holiday version of the cocktail is perfect for those chilly nights when you want to curl up by the fire and sip on something delicious. Made with piping hot coffee, rich coffee liqueur, a splash of vodka, and your choice of creamy milk or cream, this cocktail is topped with a thick layer of whipped topping and a dash of cinnamon or cocoa.
Whether you prefer your White Russian hot or just warm, this cocktail is sure to warm you up from the inside out. So, if you're looking for a cozy and delicious holiday cocktail, the White Russian is definitely worth a try.
14. Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail
Looking for a delicious and warm holiday cocktail to keep you cozy this winter season? Look no further than the Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail! This delightful drink combines classic hot chocolate with a warm cinnamon and vanilla twist, and a splash of Rumchata for a boozy kick.
Rumchata is a cream-based liquor bursting with the flavors of cinnamon and vanilla, making it the perfect addition to this cozy winter drink. Whether you're enjoying a night in by the fire or hosting a holiday party, the Rumchata Hot Cocoa Cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So why not give it a try and add a little warmth to your winter festivities?
15. Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail
The Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail is a non-traditional take on the classic Old Fashioned, which is typically made with whiskey. This version uses brandy, which gives the cocktail a smooth and rich taste that embodies the holiday spirit. Unlike the traditional recipe, this cocktail is served warm, making it the perfect drink to cozy up with on a cold winter night.
It's a simple yet delicious cocktail that can be made in small or large batches, making it a great option for holiday parties. If you're looking for a warm and toasty drink to enjoy this holiday season, the Brandy Old Fashioned Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
16. Hot White Russian With Amarula
The Hot White Russian with Amarula is a rich and indulgent warm cocktail perfect for the holiday season. This velvety drink is made with Amarula Cream Liqueur, which is a fruit-based liqueur with hints of toffee and vanilla. Unlike Irish cream liqueurs, Amarula is made from the Marula fruit and aged in French oak barrels for two years.
The cocktail is topped with whipped cream or peppermint marshmallows for an extra festive touch. This warm and creamy cocktail is perfect for sipping on a cold winter day while admiring the holiday lights. If you're looking for a cozy and decadent drink to enjoy this holiday season, the Hot White Russian with Amarula is a must-try.
17. Mulled Wine
Mulled wine is a classic holiday cocktail that originated in Europe. It's made by heating up red wine with spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and sweetening it with sugar or honey. The result is a warm and aromatic drink that is perfect for sipping on a cold winter night.
It's a drink that is steeped in tradition and history, and its popularity has only grown over the years. If you're looking for a way to warm up on a chilly evening, mulled wine is the perfect choice.
18. Hot Toddy
The Hot Toddy is a classic winter cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. It is a simple yet delicious drink that is made with hot water, honey, whiskey, cloves, lemon, brown sugar, and a cinnamon stick. The warm and comforting aroma of cinnamon and cloves mixed with the sweetness of honey and brown sugar makes it a perfect drink to enjoy on a cold night.
The whiskey adds a nice kick to the drink, making it a great choice for those who want to warm up and relax at the same time. If you're looking for a new winter cocktail to add to your holiday rotation, the Hot Toddy is definitely worth trying.
Wassail is a classic, warm holiday cocktail that is perfect for any festive occasion. This traditional English drink is made with a combination of delicious fruit juices and spices, creating a sweet and slightly tangy taste that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter night. The secret ingredient in this recipe is Red Hots, which not only adds a delicious cinnamon taste but also creates a beautiful pink hue.
Wassail can be served as a non-alcoholic mocktail or spiked with your favorite liquor for an extra kick. Whether you're sipping it around the holiday game table or at a Christmas party, Wassail is a holiday winner that is easy to make and sure to impress your guests.
20. Crock-Pot Holiday Punch
If you're looking for a warm and flavorful drink to serve during the holidays, the Crock-Pot Holiday Punch is definitely worth trying. This cocktail is filled with a variety of juices, including apple, cranberry, pomegranate, and orange, and infused with warm mulling spices like cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
The addition of fresh cranberries and sliced oranges adds a little bit of garnish and extra flavor. This drink is perfect for both kids and adults and can be easily made in a Crock-Pot or slow cooker. So, if you're looking for a festive and easy-to-make holiday drink, give the Crock-Pot Holiday Punch a try.
21. Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate
Looking for a cozy and festive cocktail to warm you up this holiday season? Look no further than the Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate. Made with rich hot chocolate, creamy heavy cream, and a splash of caramel vodka, this cocktail is the perfect way to indulge in a sweet treat while also enjoying a boozy kick.
The caramel vodka adds a unique depth of flavor to the classic hot chocolate, making it a truly indulgent and decadent drink. Garnished with mini marshmallows, whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel sauce, this cocktail is sure to impress your friends and family at any holiday gathering. So why not cozy up by the fire and enjoy a delicious Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate this holiday season?
22. Hibiscus Rum Punch
The Hibiscus Rum Punch is a perfect holiday cocktail that is infused with hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, and clove. This warm and spicy drink is perfect for the winter season and will definitely be the hit of any party. The cocktail is made with a homemade hibiscus concentrate, tropical flavors, and rum, which makes it a perfect Caribbean-inspired drink.
The hibiscus concentrate adds a unique and fruity flavor to the cocktail, while the warm spices make it perfect for the holiday season. The cocktail is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, making it a great option for holiday parties. If you're looking for a warm and spicy cocktail to serve at your next holiday gathering, the Hibiscus Rum Punch is definitely worth trying.
23. Cranberry Cider
Looking for a festive and easy-to-make holiday cocktail? Look no further than Cranberry Cider! This two-ingredient drink is a delicious alternative to traditional warm apple cider, perfect for sipping on during the holiday season. Made with lemon lime cranberry soda and pure cranberry juice, this drink is both sweet and tart, making it a crowd-pleaser for all taste buds.
Plus, it can be served either hot or cold, making it versatile for any occasion. So, grab a bottle of lemon lime cranberry soda and some pure cranberry juice and mix up a batch of Cranberry Cider for your next holiday gathering!
24. Almond Spiced White Russian
The Almond Spiced White Russian is a perfect holiday twist on the classic cocktail. This dairy-free drink is made with almond milk infused with warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, giving it a festive flavor. The cocktail is perfect for those who are looking for a creamy and delicious drink without the guilt of dairy.
The cinnamon sugar rim adds a touch of sweetness and makes it look and feel festive. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves a good White Russian and wants to add some holiday flair to their drinks.
25. Slow Cooker Warm Holiday Punch
Looking for a festive and comforting holiday punch recipe? Look no further than the Slow Cooker Warm Holiday Punch. This delicious punch combines warm apple cider, cranberry, apples, and cinnamon in your slow cooker, creating a perfect holiday drink.
The stunning presentation is topped with slices of fresh fruit, including oranges, apples, cranberries, and carambola fruit, which look like beautiful yellow stars floating in the punch. This punch is perfect for any holiday gathering, and can be made alcoholic or non-alcoholic. So, gather your friends and family, and enjoy the warm and inviting flavors of the Slow Cooker Warm Holiday Punch.
26. Warm Red Sangria
Looking for a cozy holiday drink to warm you up on a chilly night? Look no further than Warm Red Sangria! This delicious cocktail is a twist on the classic summer drink, with a blend of red wine, cherry juice, orange juice, orange liqueur, and sugar that is warmed up until fragrant.
The addition of fresh orange slices and a variety of spices make this drink perfect for the holiday season. Whether you're cuddled up by the fire or hosting a party, Warm Red Sangria is sure to be a hit. So why not try something new this year and give this delicious cocktail a try?
27. Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail
Looking for a warm and cozy cocktail to enjoy during the holidays? Look no further than the Tom and Jerry Christmas Cocktail. This old-fashioned recipe is a family tradition for many, and for good reason. Made with a homemade batter consisting of powdered sugar and eggs, this cocktail is a cross between eggnog and a Hot Toddy, with a delicious kick of rum and brandy.
The warm and sweet flavors are perfect for sipping on a cold winter night, while the nutmeg adds a festive touch. The Tom and Jerry is a unique and nostalgic cocktail that is sure to impress your guests and make your holiday gathering even more special.
28. Bourbon Brown Sugar Old Fashioned
The Bourbon Brown Sugar Old Fashioned is a perfect addition to your holiday cocktail rotation. This classic cocktail with a twist features brown sugar, bitters, and bourbon, giving it a warm and cozy feel. The addition of orange peel and cinnamon stick adds a subtle yet delightful flavor to the drink.
The smoothness of the bourbon combined with the sweetness of the brown sugar makes it a perfect drink for a cold winter night. This cocktail is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests. Try this recipe and add a little warmth to your holiday season.
29. Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine
Ruby Red Grapefruit Mulled Wine is a warm and spicy cocktail that is perfect for the holiday season. It's a twist on the traditional mulled wine recipe, using grapefruit instead of oranges and lemon peel.
The combination of red wine, grapefruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom creates a unique and delicious flavor. It's easy to make and perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold winter night. Give it a try and impress your guests with a warm and cozy drink.
30. Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy
The Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy is a perfect holiday cocktail that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter night. This sweet and tart cocktail is a twist on the classic Hot Toddy recipe, with the addition of unsweetened cranberry juice and warm spices.
The combination of the cranberry juice and spices creates a delicious and flavorful drink that is perfect for the holiday season. 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 warm and cozy cocktail to enjoy this holiday season, give the Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy a try.