5 Best winter cocktails to try

Indulge in the cozy delights of winter with a tantalizing array of seasonally-inspired cocktails that will warm both body and soul.
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As the winter chill sets in, warm up your spirits with enticing winter cocktails. From rich and velvety hot toddies to spiced mulled wines, these libations are designed to bring comfort and joy during the colder months. Indulge in the cozy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, expertly blended with spirits that add a delightful kick. Whether you’re gathered around a crackling fireplace or celebrating the holiday season, these winter cocktails are sure to add a touch of warmth and cheer to any occasion.


This classic winter cocktail is a favorite for many. It’s made with hot water, honey, lemon juice, and a splash of whiskey, rum, or brandy. The warmth of the drink and the sweetness of the honey make it a perfect way to warm up on a cold winter night.


  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ oz whiskey, rum, or brandy
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)


  • In a heatproof glass or mug, combine the hot water, honey, and lemon juice.
  • Stir until the honey is dissolved.
  • Add the whiskey, rum, or brandy, and stir to combine.
  • Add a cinnamon stick for extra flavor, if desired.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Another classic winter cocktail, spiced apple cider is made with apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg. You can also add a splash of rum or brandy for an extra kick. It’s perfect for sipping by the fire or for serving at holiday parties.


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup dark rum or brandy (optional)
  • Sliced apples and cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)


  • In a large pot, combine the apple cider, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the rum or brandy, if using.
  • Ladle into mugs and garnish with sliced apples and cinnamon sticks, if desired.


Mulled wine is a warm, spiced drink made with red wine and various mulling spices that is traditionally enjoyed during the winter months.


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup brandy (optional)


  • In a large pot, combine the red wine, honey, cinnamon stick, and cloves.
  • Heat over low heat until warmed through, but not boiling.
  • Add the sliced orange and brandy, if using, and continue to heat for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve in heatproof glasses or mugs.


Egg nog, a classic holiday libation, combines the creamy richness of milk and eggs with a hint of nutmeg and a generous splash of spirits, creating a velvety, nostalgic sip of festive cheer.


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup bourbon or rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream and nutmeg for garnish (optional)


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until smooth and pale.
  • In a large saucepan, heat the milk, cream, and nutmeg over medium heat until steaming.
  • Gradually whisk the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the bourbon or rum and vanilla extract.
  • Chill the eggnog in the refrigerator until cold.
  • Serve in glasses or mugs, and garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg, if desired.


This delicious and warming cocktail is made with coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream. The warmth of the coffee, the sweetness of the sugar, and the richness of the cream make it a comforting drink on a cold winter night.


  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Heavy cream, lightly whipped


  • Pour the hot coffee into a heatproof glass or mug.
  • Add the Irish whiskey and brown sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Top with a layer of lightly whipped cream.

In conclusion, winter cocktails are the perfect way to warm up and indulge in some seasonal flavors during the colder months. Whether you prefer a classic hot toddy, a spicy mulled wine, or a rich and creamy eggnog, there’s something for everyone on this list of the top 5 winter cocktails. With the right ingredients and a little bit of creativity, you can easily mix up these delicious drinks at home to enjoy by the fire or to share with friends and family during the holiday season. So why not give one (or all) of these cocktails a try and elevate your winter drinking game? Cheers to a cozy and delicious winter season!

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