Winter Warmers – 4 Hot Cocktail Recipes

Written by Seb  /  Edited by Natalia  /  Design by Andy

The Hot Cocktail, although relatively small in number compared to their cold counterparts, are some of the more well known and loved. They all invoke a feeling of warmth, comfort and coziness which is why they are so well known and loved. 

The second half of Winter, post holidays, tends to be a colder and somewhat grayer. Rather than a time to wish away while holding on until spring, we say there can be joy and comfort in this time too. Mixing a warm glass of deliciousness doesn’t have to stop the minute the festivities are over, in fact this is when we need a glass of cheer more than any other time of the year!

With that attitude in mind, here are four simple warm drinks to get you through to warmer days and make the most of this cozy season.

Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy is the epitome of a drink that can warm your soul. It’s a simple and adaptable recipe that you can tweak to your personal preference and what you have in the cupboard. 

The essentials are hot water, spices, spirit, citrus, and a sweetening agent. The exact choices are yours. Maybe instead of Irish Whiskey, honey and lemon you have rum, fresh lime and demerara sugar to hand.

When it comes to spices, anything that you might throw into mulled wine such as cinnamon, clove, ginger or star anise. 

With so many options to choose from, we’ve got a great recipe on the classic side of this hot cocktails to get you started.

Irish Coffee

Visually, the Irish Coffee has got to be one of the most iconic looking drinks, up there with the Dry Martini for iconography. Thankfully, we have all the tips you need to get the perfect looking, and tasting, Irish coffee!

If we’re talking about hot cocktail recipes to bring joy in the least cheery part of the year, then the Irish Coffee was literally invented to brighten the mood. It’s said to have been created in 1943 by Joe Sheridan, chef at Foynes Port near Limerick, Ireland. A flight had to turn back due to bad winter weather, so Joe mixed this now iconic warming concoction to cheer up the stranded passengers.

If it could put a smile on their faces, we reckon it can work for you too!

Mulled Cider

Depending on where in the world you’re from, the word ‘cider’ might mean an alcoholic or non-alcoholic apple drink. In this hot cocktail recipe you’ll be ‘mulling’ (i.e. heating with spices, citrus and sugar) rich, cloudy, pressed apple juice.

If you want a delicious non-alcoholic winter warmer that’s all you need to do. If you fancy something a little more “warming”, you simply add a splash of your favourite spirit to the glass along with your warm mulled cider. 

This means that the Mulled Cider a great option for entertaining, as everyone can pick their own spirit base. While the pan of mulled deliciousness can be kept warm on the stove all evening without boiling off all the alcohol.

We’d recommend brown spirits like rum or whiskey, but gin and sloe gin work well here too!

Although we’re talking about winter warmers, this is actually a great summer option too. Mull your apple juice then allow to cool before bottling and storing in the fridge to be enjoyed as a flavoursome juice or a mixer for your favourite spirits. Serve long over ice with slices of apple and fresh citrus and a splash of your favourite bottle of booze too if you fancy. 

Spiced Honey Wine

Our take on Mulled Wine that’ll snuggle your soul. Honey, apple, ginger and vanilla all heated through a base of red wine that creates a rich and warming combination. 

Once warmed through, add to a glass with slices of apple, ginger and citrus along with a splash of your favourite spirit. Dark spirits are the obvious choice here, but we’ll leave that up to you. 

As with the Mulled Cider this is also a hot cocktail that can also be bottled and refrigerated then served long over ice like a Sangria when the weather finally tuns back to summer.

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