15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter

Once the snow starts to fall, it’s time to put the freezer away. Even mild climates require a warming cocktail in the winter, and for that we have you covered. With everything from a dulce de leche hot chocolate to a fig- and mint-scented mulled wine, this list will keep you busy until it’s time to switch back to frozen cocktails.

The Grapefruit Hot Toddy recipe

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Grapefruit Hot Toddy

Grapefruit Hot Toddy is a hot cocktail that plays by its own rules. When heated in a small saucepan, grapefruit juice makes room for herbal, citrus notes that recreate winter aromas. Stir in half an ounce of honey, and finish with gin for a whiskey-free Hot Toddy.

The Fiery Caramel Apple Hot Toddy Recipe

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Fiery Caramel Apple Hot Toddy

This Caramel Apple Hot Toddy emulates everything you want from it – without any caramel, apple cider or tea involved. Instead, this recipe relies on a warming blend of apple brandy and Fireball whiskey to help you have fun, and it is “probably the most elegant way to consume Fireball.” Although it has gained a reputation as a party shot, Fireball cinnamon whiskey is better than you think, as evidenced by this winter drink.

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The Hot Buttered Amaro Recipe

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Hot Buttered Amaro

If you get mouth watering when referring to “Hot Buttered Rum”, get ready for “Hot Buttered Amaro.” Created by Nicole Battle, president of the Pittsburgh branch of the United States Bartenders Guild, this recipe calls for Vecchio Amaro del Capo, a bitter Calabrian liqueur. From there, make a dough for the cocktail – and cook some vanilla ice cream for the dough. A mix of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and of course butter makes this recipe the perfect reason to stay in.

Syrian Irish Coffee Recipe

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Seamstress Irish Coffee

No matter when you start celebrating, there is no need to give up your morning coffee. This cocktail allows you to get it all by pulling on a traditional Irish Coffee recipe and adding sweet, simple Demerara syrup. The cocktail’s creator, Pam Wiznitzer, swears by Slane triple Irish whiskey and a smooth blob of heavy cream.

Jameson Hot Toddy recipes

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Jameson Hot Toddy

If you’re past coffee hour, this Hot Toddy will ease you into the afternoon. Jameson complements a simple blend of fresh lemon juice and honey that is heated with hot water and garnished with a slice of lemon. Throw in any combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and star anise in too little extra winter seasoning.

Hennessy Hot Toddy recipes

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Hennessy Hot Toddy

Whether you’re trying to ride the boat or just love Cognac, this Hennessy Hot Toddy is the coolest way to stay warm. Add a bag of your favorite herbal tea to steer this recipe in your preferred direction, and lay it on thick with a little maple syrup. Add a cinnamon stick or lemon slice to the garnish, and get ready to feel the heat.

The Flaming Hot Toddy Recipe

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Flaming Hot Toddy

Whether you’re doing your best to entertain outdoors or trying to enjoy a PJ night out, this Hot Toddy can help you stay a little warmer. This recipe does not deviate from the classic formula, so all you need is honey, lemon, herbal tea and cinnamon whiskey of your choice. Spitball Whiskey is a regional favorite in NYC and contains 50 percent less sugar than its competitors.

The hot toddy

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Hot Toddy

If you’re looking for a unique recipe, look no further. The classic Hot Toddy requires nothing more than whiskey, honey, lemon and hot water. Garnish with a lemon with cloves, or serve stuffed to the brim in your favorite coffee mug.

Dulce de Leche recipe for hot chocolate

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Dulce De Leche hot chocolate

If your sock was filled with something smaller than to the brim with chocolate, we have you covered. This cocktail lifts spiky hot chocolate with dark rum and Dulce de Leche to create the perfect dessert-driven nightcap. Top it with whipped cream or marshmallows for an extra holiday experience, then sit back and enjoy.

Cranberry Apple Hot Toddy Recipes

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Cranberry Apple Hot Toddy

Get ready to cuddle up with this hot cocktail. Begin by heating two ounces of apple juice with three ounces of cranberry juice and the liquid of half a lemon. Add honey and bourbon for a little extra spice, and garnish with an apple slice and star anise stick. This warming cocktail is the perfect substitute for Sleepytime tea, and can even use enough apple to keep the doctor away.

Raspberry Rose Hot Toddy

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Raspberry Rose Hot Toddy

Sometimes the hardest part of making a Hot Toddy is finding the right whiskey. This recipe completely avoids the problem by substituting gin to create an herbal cocktail rounded off with local honey. Combine a warm cup of raspberry rose tea (or replace your favorite fruity loose-leaf tea) with lemon juice for a perfectly floral cocktail.

Oaxacan Ginger Toddy

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Oaxacan Ginger Toddy

The smoky mezcal in this Hot Toddy riff boosts the warming flavors of this cocktail and plays perfectly with your favorite gingerbread. An unexpected boost of heavy cream and yellow chartreuse rounds out this drink and lays the perfect foundation for the finishing touch: a layer of freshly squeezed lemon peel.

The Little Nell Hot Toddy

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: The Little Nell Hot Toddy

Chamomile gives this cocktail a floral, warming edge, while Cognac seals the deal. Add crushed anise and nutmeg to spice it up, plus a splash of simple honey syrup to relieve a sore throat. Finally, garnish with a nutmeg-dusted lemon wheel for an ideal holiday experience.

Instant Pot Mulled Wine Recipe

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Instant Pot mulled wine

This recipe is the perfect way to quickly turn a bottle of supermarket wine into warming grog or to warm up your favorite red wine. By using a pressure cooker, you can heat the whole batch in about a minute, although it takes a little longer to gather all the ingredients. That said, when you gather all the necessary fruit, loose spices, applejack and wine, you will be grateful for how quickly your Instant Pot delivers this perfect mulled wine.

Cleopatra’s life elixir

15 of the best hot cocktail recipes to make this winter: Cleopatra's life elixir

When it comes to mulled wine, it is important to experiment. While there are a wealth of different recipes for the steaming red sipper, one of the most interesting is Cleopatra’s elixir of life. Of course, you can customize the result to be as sweet, spicy or fragrant as you like, but this recipe requires a unique blend of sage, mint and figs.

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