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The 10 Best Cocktails To Get You Through Those Chilly Winter Nights

Posted by Ben Arneberg on

Winter is quickly approaching and with that comes weather that leaves you chilled to the very core. It’s so cold outside that you’re stuck inside and you don’t feel like getting out from under the covers. On top of all that, the holidays are right around the corner, which brings a mixture of anxiety, excitement, and even cause for celebration.

If you plan on drinking at all during the winter (which we’re sure that you will!), why not go for one of these deliciously festive cocktails instead of your “usual?”

Hot Beverages With a Kick

What better way to warm your bones than with a nice warm mug of something hot? These drinks are perfect for sipping by a hot fire while you’re snuggly wrapped in your blanket. Marie Claire has a couple of awesome hot cocktails that’ll do the trick, such as:

Making maple toddy

Maple Toddy


  • 2 parts cognac
  • 1 teaspoon of Canadian maple syrup
  • 2 parts steaming hot apple cider
  • 2 parts hot water
maple toddy on table


Preheat your coffee mug by adding boiling water. Once the mug is hot, pour out the hot water and discard the water. Pour the ingredients for the cocktail into the mug, but save the hot water for last. Garnish the mug with a lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick.

Very Merry Mulled Wine


  • 1 bottle of Pinot Noir
  • 3 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • ¼ clove
  • 1 whole nutmeg, cracked into pieces
  • 1 orange peel
  • Agave nectar
  • Lemon slice for garnish
  • Star anise for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish
mulled wine ingredients


Pour your favorite wine into a large saucepan and heat it over low heat. Make a sachet out of cheese cloth and stick the cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg inside. Put the sachet in the wine and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Add the agave nectar to taste. Simmer for another five minutes and then strain into a heatproof glass. Garnish the glass with lemon slice, star anise, and cinnamon stick.

Hot Buttered Whiskey

Ingredients For The butter ball (should be done first)

  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ stick of salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon all spice
very merry mulled wine on table


Cream together the butter, sugar and spices into a smooth consistency. Then roll the butter into balls that are about the size of a silver dollar. Chill the balls until they are solid.

Ingredients For The drink

  • 1 butter ball
  • 5 ounces hot water
  • ½ ounce your favorite bourbon


Stir together the ingredients and add a bit of lemon juice. Enjoy!

Spiced Irish Coffee

Ingredients For The pumpkin spiced whipped cream

  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
spiced irish coffee


Whip the cream, sugar, and spice together until they form stiff peaks. Refrigerate until ready for the drink.

Ingredients For The Coffee

  • 1 ½ cup fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons your favorite whiskey
spiced irish coffee on table


Divide all the ingredients for the drink into two glasses (or one large one if you’re thirsty!). Top the coffee with the whipped cream and then sprinkle with a bit of pumpkin spice.

Cold Beverages That’ll Warm You Up

Better Homes and Gardens has a great list of wintery cocktails that are cold, but they’ll warm you through and through.

Ultra Alexander


  • 2 ounces of brandy
  • 2 ounces of crème de cacao
  • 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice. Add your favorite brandy, crème de cacao, whipped cream and chocolate syrup to the mix. Give the shaker a good shake and strain the mix into a cocktail glass. Sprinkle the glass with chocolate shavings.

Mojito Sparkler


  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 or 3 ounces of gold rum
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar
  • Ice
  • Club soda
mojito sparkler


Crush the mint leaves in the bottom of a tall glass. Combine the rum, lime juice, and sugar with the mint. Add ice and club soda, stir until everything is combined. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime wedge.

Clove Julep


  • 5 fresh sprigs of mint
  • 3 teaspoons of superfine sugar
  • Ice
  • 3 ounces of clove0infused vodka
Clove julep


Crush the sprigs of mint with sugar in the bottom of a glass. Add your ice and vodkaand serve, either for yourself or to guests.

Frangelico Gingerbread


  • 1 ounce of Frangelico
  • 2 ounces of dark rum
  • 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps
  • 1 ginger beer
Frangelico gingerbread


Mix the Frangelico, dark rum, and cinnamon schnapps in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the mix and strain into a cocktail glass rimmed with chocolate. Add ginger beer at the end and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Champagne Drinks with Holiday Cheer

Twinkling Ginger Champagne Punch (makes 8 servings)


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons candied ginger
  • ½ cup vodka
  • 750 mL chilled champagne
champagne drinks


Pour sugar, corn syrup, water and the candied ginger in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat. Leave it uncovered while simmering for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vodka. Allow to cool to room temperature. Cover the pot and chill overnight. Strain the mix and pour it into a large bowl. Slowly add the champagne and stir gently so the carbonation doesn’t fizzle out.

Candid Appetite’s Raspberry Black Pepper Champagne Cocktail (makes 8 servings)


  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 pints fresh raspberries
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • ¼ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ cup fresh cracked black pepper
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh sprigs of fresh thyme
Champagne cocktails


Add the water and sugar into a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. When the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and let the syrup cools. Blend the raspberries until smooth and add the orange juice. String the mixture with a fine mesh strainer.

Add this mixture with the vodka and then slowly pour the champagne down the side. Combine the sugar and black pepper in a shallow dish. Line the edge of the glasses with lemon and then dip into the sugar. Pour the mix in the glass and garnish with fresh thyme.

Final Word

With winter quickly coming upon us, there is only so much hot chocolate you can drink to help keep you warm. If you want something with a little kick, we’re sure that these 10 wintery cocktails will be exactly what you’re looking for.

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