These are 10 of my favorite warm cocktails to make at home during the winter! They’re beyond cozy, whip up in 15 minutes or less, and are guaranteed to help you make it all the way to springtime.
Winter is not exactly my favorite season. It’s freezing. It gets dark at 4pm. There’s honestly not much to do except sit in my house and try to maintain sanity and heat retention.
So for me, nothing lifts my spirits like a hot cocktail that I can make from the comfort of my own home when it’s 20 degrees outside. That’s where these delicious recipes come into play!
From unique riffs on classics to traditional cocktails your grandma used to make as cold remedies, these are truly (in my opinion, at least) the best warm cocktails of all time. So I’m confident there’s a perfect hot drink for everyone on this list 🙂
Easy cocktails are my love language and I try to keep it fairly simple when it comes to making drinks at home, so these recipes whip up fast and don’t require an insane amount of ingredients. They also use a wide variety of liquors/spirits and range from healthy-ish to sweet and decadent.
To start us off, we have one of my favorite warm drinks of all time: mulled wine. Mulled wine goes by many names: Vin Chaud, Glögg, Wassail, Gluhwein... but no matter what you call it, it's delicious and perfect for winter sipping.
Ingredients for this recipe include red wine, brandy, oranges, honey, and a few spices. This is my go-to recipe for mulled wine because it's non-fussy and incredibly tasty. It also doesn't use any juices to dilute the alcohol, which is always a plus.
Spiked apple cider is a truly comforting drink and probably the hot cocktail I make at home the most.
For this cocktail, I try to get the best apple cider possible because you really can tell a difference (at least for the first glass or two...). Otherwise, all you need is some brandy, spices, and citrus to balance out the sweetness of the juice.
If you've never had hot buttered rum before, prepare yourself for deliciousness! This cocktail has sugar, spice, and everything nice. It also makes your house smell beyond incredible.
In this recipe, you make spiced butter with brown sugar, nutmeg, honey, cloves, and cinnamon. From there, you just add the spiced butter to a glass and pour your rum and boiling water over it. Add whipped cream on top to take it to a whole new level of cozy!
Not gonna lie, I was skeptical when a friend first sent me this recipe. But if you like green tea and vodka, it's kind of hard to beat as far as winter cocktails go!
It's similar to a hot toddy, but it really couldn't taste more different. Green tea, vodka, lemon, and honey to taste are the only ingredients you need to whip it up. I highly recommend trying it with some pistachio biscotti for the ultimate cozy pairing!
If you think eggnog is only for the holidays, this recipe is about to change your mind. I was extremely intimidated by making homemade eggnog from scratch, but this recipe is actually really simple and it's totally worth it.
Altogether, it only takes 15 minutes to make and it's so much better than cold, store-bought eggnog! It also calls for an entire cup of bourbon, so you know it's going to warm you from head to toe.
To finish us off, I have my favorite discovery of 2021: Pumpkin Hot Coconut. It's basically a riff on hot chocolate... but without any chocolate and about a million times better.
The main ingredients are coconut milk, pumpkin purée, and rum. It's incredibly simple, unique, and unbelievably delicious despite being somewhat healthy (emphasis on somewhat).
Toast some marshmallows in the oven for two minutes and serve on top with a shredded coconut rim for extra deliciousness!
These warm cocktails almost make me excited to hunker down in my house for the rest of winter… almost. Regardless, I hope they inspired you to open up your home bar and make yourself a hot, tasty treat.
Although these are my all-time personal favorite, I know some of you will have your own go-to warm cocktails. If you do, please let me know in the comment section below so I can give them a try 🙂