Serve it hot. Top 9 winter cocktails: Hot Toddies, Chocolate, And More

Cold winter nights are perfect for hot drinks. We have collected one of the best warm alcoholic drinks for cold weather that will keep you warm and happy. These are simple mixed drinks served hot. The good think about majority of those cocktails (especially Hot Toddies) is that you can customize the recipe. For example, substitute warm water with black tea, sugar with honey or vice versa, exclude nutmeg or put some extra lemon zest for additional bitter taste. So pick your poison, your sweetener and your garnish. And don’t let the weather and lockdown restrictions deter you from a delectable mixed drink. 

Calvados Hot Toddy

We are convinced that a portion of good apple brandy will make your Hot Toddy ambrosian! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups calvados
  • Cinnamon sticks

How to make: 

Boil the water in a saucepan, then remove it from the heat and pour in the honey, stir until the honey is dissolved. Then add the lemon juice and calvados. Set a cinnamon stick into the mug, pour the cocktail and serve.  

Boozy Hot Chocolate

A splash of good alcohol will make your hot chocolate even hotter! This hot chocolate cocktail goes with whisky, but you can substitute it with rum, or gin, or brandy — choose the spirit you like most. 

Ingredients:

How to make: 

  1. Put the chopped chocolate in an Irish Coffee mug.
  2. Pour the hot milk into the mug and let stand for 2 minutes until the chocolate melts, then stir with a spoon until smooth.
  3. Pour in the spirit of your choice and stir to combine.
  4. Garnish with mini marshmallows.

Hot Gin Punch

This Hot Gin Punch is created for your warm winter parties! Spicy and piquant, just as you like! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 (750 mL) bottle gin 
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle sherry
  • 6 lemon twists
  • 1 orange slice
  • 3 large chunks pineapple
  • 3 ounces honey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice (fresh)
  • 3 cloves
  • Pinch nutmeg (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon ​cinnamon (ground)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Garnish: orange slice, whole cloves
How to make:
  1. Pour gin and sherry in a large saucepan on low heat. 
  2. Cut the fruits, add them to the spirits.  
  3. Stir in the honey and lemon juice, then the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Stir until the sugar and ground spices are dissolved.
  4. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Strain using a fine-mesh strainer to remove all the whole fruits and spices. Pour the punch into a heat-proof punch bowl. Garnish with orange slices studded with cloves.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Hot Gin Toddy

A splash of good gin, a few drops of lemon juice, sugar, and hot water - that’s pretty much all that you need to make a delicious Hot Toddy. 

Ingredients:

  • 45 ml Gin
  • 20 fresh lemon juice
  • 60 hot water
  • 1 tsp sugar

How to make:

Build all ingredients in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 5 munites. Stir well. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

Hot Ginger

This recipe is just what the doctor ordered! A delicious whisky, matched with apple juice, and ginger fresh will keep you warm and cosy. 

Ingredients:

  • Whisky - 40 ml,  
  • Apple juice - 50 ml,
  • Hot water - 50 ml,
  • Ginger fresh - 5 ml 
  • Honey - 3 teaspoons 
  • Lemon - 2 slices 

How to make: 

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan, simmer on low heat and serve the cocktail in a mug. 

Apple-Pear Toddy

Ingredients: 

  • 50 ml fresh apple juice
  • 50 ml fresh pear juice
  • 40 ml rum
  • 40 gr honey
  • 40 gr lemon
  • 100 ml hot water

How to make: 

Simply combine all ingredients in a rocks glass, mix them thoroughly until honey dissolves, garnish with a slice of lemon, and serve. 

Lemon-Honey Vodka

A well-balanced Lemon-Honey Vodka has become synonymous with warmness and cosiness. This mixed drink will warm up your mouth, throat, stomach, and heart, pretty much everything. Did we mention that it is easy to make as well? 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 slices of fresh ginger 
  • 3 slices of lemon
  • 10 gr honey
  • 30 ml of vodka
  • 150 ml hot water+honey

How to make:

Mash the finger until it releases a strong flavour, add honey, vodka, and water with honey. Stir to combine all ingredients and garnish with lemon. Bon appetite!

Trans-Siberian Express

Nice and easy. This cocktail was inspired and named after the Trans-Siberian railway track, and, of course, the recipe contains vodka as nothing warms up as good as vodka, especially, if you are in transit for 7 days (that's the travel time from the starting point to the final stop). 

Ingredients: 

  • 70 ml of vodka 
  • 200 ml of orange juice 
  • 30 ml of ginger syrup 
  • 50 ml of sea buckthorn syrup 
  • 1 stick of rosemary 

How to make:

Pour all ingredients, except rosemary into a saucepan, starting with syrups. Mix it well and simmer in low heat for 3 minutes. Serve on the rock glass, and enjoy!

Hot Stout 

This is not the mulled beer, you used to drink before. Hot Stout is something more special, a sweet and pleasant option for those, who don’t like the spicy toddies. 

Ingredients:

  • 10 ml - mandel syrup
  • 20 ml cherry syrup
  • 220 ml dark beer

How to make: 

Pour all the ingredients into a saucepan, and warm the liquid. That’s all. Enjoy! 

As you see, hot cocktails are easy to make, but they are incredibly tasteful and pleasant, we promise you. Enjoy your drinks and be happy. If you want more good cocktail recipes, check out our 10 Incredible Gin Cocktails You Can Make At Home  and  5 Best Christmas Cocktails That Will Keep You Warm And Cozy for more drink ideas. Cheers!

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