20 Winter Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Season
Chances are, you’re reading this from a place that is pretty damn cold. Well, fear not, dear reader. We have painstakingly assembled 20 libations that will warm you right up. Not all of them are hot drinks, but even the cold ones will give you that nice and toasty feeling on the inside. (Mainly because they all contain booze.) If these don’t get you to embrace winter, nothing will.
1. Winter Margarita
Regular margarita + egg white = enhanced marg. Get the recipe.
The martini’s cozier cousin, this has sweet vermouth and a touch of maraschino. Get the recipe.
3. Irish Mule
This drink swaps the Moscow Mule’s vodka for Irish whiskey. Because it’s never too early to start prepping for St. Patrick’s Day. Get the recipe.
4. Brown Sugar Cinnamon Bourbon Cocktail
There’s nothing disagreeable about brown sugar, cinnamon, and bourbon. You might want to pair this with a cardigan. Get the recipe.
5. Maple Syrup Old Fashioned
Aunt Jemima approves of this cocktail. Get the recipe.
6. Milk Punch
This will have you feeling pleasant and balmy. Plus: Vitamin D. Get the recipe.
7. Aged Eggnog
Aging the eggnog will mellow out the flavors. (But if you lose patience, just drop some bourbon in eggnog and sip away.) Get the recipe.
8. Irish Coffee
Two Irish drinks on one cocktail list? Hey, the Irish know how to keep warm. Get the recipe.
9. Texas Toddy
It’s hot cider with a twist. And that twist is spiced rum. (Sorry, should have thrown in a “spoiler alert.”) Get the recipe.
10. Spanish Hot Coffee
11. Chili Chocolate Sombrero
In addition to being delicious, this one is super simple to make. Take a glass of ice, add Kahlua Chili Chocolate, add milk, and serve.
Pro tip: Sip this cocktail by a fire. Get the recipe.
13. Snow Bunny
This drink is tasty, but we’ll admit: The main reason we’re mentioning it is because it’s called the Snow Bunny. Get the recipe.
14. Bourbon-Spiked White Hot Chocolate
When the weather is frightful, reach for this delightful and refreshing (and boozy) beverage. Get the recipe.
15. Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum
16. White Christmas Sangria
It’s got apples. It’s got cranberries. It’s got white wine. What else do you want? Club soda? Strange request, but it’s got that too. Get the recipe.
17. Gold Rush
Made with spicy ginger liqueur, bourbon, and lemon juice, this drink is a golden gold. Get the recipe.
18. Mexican Hot Chocolate
First, steam hot chocolate. Then add it to a glass with tequila, mezcal, and freshly grated nutmeg. Then drink it and feel terrific.
19. Cold Turkey
Here’s how this one works: Assemble some blood orange vodka, red vermouth, Douglas fir syrup, cranberry juice, OJ, and chai tea. Steam with an espresso wand until hot.
20. Red Nose Punch
It’s a punch with cranberries, bourbon, and beer. Happy holidays. Get the recipe.
—Shawn Donnelly for RealClearLife