5 Warming Drinks to Sip this Winter

Nothing is more relaxing than cozying up in front of a roaring fire with a warm cocktail in hand. To add some extra holiday cheer to your festivities, whip up one (or all!) of these creamy, boozy, aromatic drinks. We promise there is something here for everyone. Read on for the recipes!

 

Traditional English Wassail

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Wassail is a spiced English Christmas cocktail that was traditionally made with wine, mead or beer and served with baked apples floating on top. This version, made with sherry and port, keeps with tradition. After drinking the Wassail, you can serve the tender baked apples with a dollop of whipped cream for dessert.

Hot Ward 8

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This hot take on a classic Ward 8 cocktail (rum, lime juice and grenadine) requires a bit of preparation, but it is totally worth it. By muddling citrus with sugar and letting it sit for 8 to 12 hours before you pour the warm cocktail over the top, the flavor of the citrus is much more pronounced.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

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This easy riff on hot chocolate will convince you to make the drink from scratch every time. White chocolate and a touch of peppermint extract make this version extra festive. The recipe can be served as written for kids and non-drinkers, but also it can be spiked with a bit of white rum or peppermint vodka for the adults.

Smuggler’s Coffee

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This decadent coffee cocktail is for extra-special occasions. Two rums, a crowning dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of orange zest and dark chocolate make this drink the perfect after-dinner coffee.

Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolate

Traditional Mexican hot chocolate has a richness unlike any hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cayenne add lovely warmth while vanilla and almond extracts enhance the flavor of the chocolate. For an additional Texas kick, you also can spike your hot chocolate with a bit of Tequila or smoky Mezcal. Both Silver and Reposado Tequila work nicely here. Not a Tequila fan? Try Brandy or Rum.

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