Hot Drinks for the Holiday

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Who isn't intrigued by the idea of a toasty Hot Toddy or cup of Hot Buttered Rum mulled cider on a chilly winter night? Have you ever ordered one in a bar, or prepared one at home? Probably not. Here are three simple to make hot drinks for all the virgins among us.


The B’s Hot Toddy

2 ounces brandy or rum or rye

1 ounce honey

1/4 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce mulled or plain cider

2 cloves

1 cinammon stick

1 slice orange studded with cloves for garnish

The B’s Mulled Cider

1 quart cider

1 orange thinly sliced

2 cinammon sticks

6 cloves

3 whole allspice berries

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 inch ginger root (optional)

1 star anise (optional)

rum or brandy to taste (optional)

The B’s Hot Buttered Rum

1 1/2 oz. dark rum

¾ oz. simple syrup

1/2 oz. maple syrup

Hot water

1 pat butter

Garnish with fresh nutmeg

Warm liquids, add butter, sprinkle nutmeg on top.


The B's Hot Toddy

A little planning goes a long way. This recipe is for two. Our recommendation, though, is to make a larger batch of the non-alcoholic ingredients in advance to keep on hand.

Infuse the cider, lemon juice, and honey mixture with the cinammon stick and cloves a day or two ahead. It’s simple: bring the liquid to a boil with the spices, let cool and refrigerate until used.

Right before serving re-heat your spiced infusion then add the alcohol (off the stove) and garnish with a squeeze of orange juice and the slice of orange.

(The B's Mulled Cider)

Bring liquids (excluding alcohol) and spices to a boil. (We like to put the spices in a tea strainer or cheesecloth for easy removal). You can serve right away or let sit for a day or two in the ‘fridge to deeply infuse fla

Three Hot Drink Recipes for a Cozy Holiday Season

As her Christmas gift to you, Hey Y'all Host Ivy Odom shares three festive sippers for a sweet celebration.

Even if our Southern Christmases won’t include snow, we still love to celebrate the holiday season with cozy drinks by a glowing fireplace. Our mornings start with a favorite mug filled with coffee and our afternoons might end with a cup of hot tea, but when it’s time to mark a festive occasion we’ll need something sweet. Southern Living Test Kitchen Professional Ivy Odom chose three warm Christmas drinks to inspire your intimate, at-home celebrations this year.

Hot cocoa is an obvious choice, but Ivy’s kicking things up a notch with dark chocolate, dulce de leche, and Drambuie liqueur. A little elf told us that our 3-D Hot Chocolate is a favorite of Santa’s after his Christmas eve shift. This recipe calls for half-and-half instead of milk, making every sip extra creamy. Don’t forget to top your serving with homemade whipped cream, and a few crunchy chocolate rolled wafer cookies for a truly decadent cocktail. 

For our next sipper, we’ll need to go a-wassailing! You’ve heard the song, but have you ever made the hot Christmas drink yourself? This traditional beverage has roots in England, but we gave the spiced apple cider a Southern spin with our Pineapple Wassail recipe. Made with whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and apricot nectar, wassail will fill your home with the best smells of the season.

No holiday drink list would be complete without at least one batch of hot mulled apple cider. In true Southern fashion, we upgrade our version with a bit of Kentucky’s finest. Start with store-bought apple cider, then add in a few flavorful additions like cinnamon candies and orange juice, and finish with nearly a cup of bourbon. In just 10 minutes, you’ll have a signature drink that your family will request year after year.

12 Recipes for Hot Christmas Drinks - Alcoholic

Adults who are old enough to imbibe might enjoy something with a kick for the holidays.

1. After-Ski Wine

This drink gets its name because it's the perfect drink to have after a tough day on the slopes. It will warm you up quickly, but be careful since it is strong. This recipe makes four servings.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 bottle of any type of red wine


  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick.
  2. Heat the mixture until boiling and then turn it down to simmer.
  3. Squeeze the orange over the pot to capture the juice.
  4. Put the orange's peel and the cloves in the liquid.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for half an hour. It should thicken.
  6. Add the entire bottle of wine and heat the mixture until it begins to steam.
  7. Ladle the drink into mugs and serve.

2. Warm and Fuzzy

Experience the coziness of the season with coffee and sweet almond flavors. This recipe makes one serving.


  • 8 ounces freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce nut-flavored liqueur, such as Frangelico
  • Whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


  1. Add the hot, freshly brewed coffee to a mug.
  2. Stir in the Baileys and Frangelico.
  3. Top with whipped topping and a dash of nutmeg.

3. Wassail

Mix up a batch of hot wassail, the classic Christmas hot cocktail. It makes about 12 8-ounce servings. You can also make a non-alcoholic wassail.


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 750 mL bottle of sweet Madeira wine
  • 1½ cups Armagnac
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 star anise


  1. In a large slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Stir to mix.
  2. Cover and cook on low, stirring occasionally, for four hours.
  3. Reduce the heat to keep warm. Keep covered and serve as needed.

4. Tom and Jerry

If sweet is not your thing, this savory drink should do the trick. Note that it does contain a raw egg. This recipe makes one serving.


  • 1 egg, any size (organic preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 8 ounces boiling water


  1. Separate the egg and beat the egg yolk and the white in separate bowls.
  2. Combine them together and pour the mixture into a mug.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Fill the mug with boiling water.
  5. Stir vigorously.

5. Hot Apple-Cinnamon Cider

Looking for a hot apple cider recipe that's filled with boozy goodness? This hot apple-cinnamon cider has flavors of holiday spices, and you can mix up a large batch in the slow cooker. It makes about 5 servings.


  • ½ gallon apple cider
  • ½ cup cinnamon whiskey, such as Fireball
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. In a large slow-cooker, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and bring to simmer on low.
  3. Simmer for four hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce the heat to keep warm and serve as needed. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

6. Hot Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie isn't just for dessert you'll enjoy this delicious recipe that makes 4 servings.


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup RumChata
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk, pumpkin puree, light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and RumChata on medium-low, stirring with a whisk.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce and simmer for five minutes, whisking.
  3. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.

7. Warm Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

There's nothing like a gooey cinnamon roll for Christmas breakfast, but you can also enjoy it in the form of a warm cocktail. This recipe makes one serving.


  • ½ cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1 shot RumChata
  • 1 shot caramel Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 shot Fireball whisky (or another cinnamon whiskey)
  • Cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan on low heat, whisk the milk, RumChata, and Irish cream, whisking constantly until it simmers.
  2. Whisk in the Fireball. Serve warm garnished with a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon.

8. Orange-Maple Warm Old-Fashioned

Sure, you can go with a classic old-fashioned cocktail, which is always a classic. However, warming it up and adding all kinds of tasty flavors makes this an instant holiday hit. This recipe serves one.


  • 1 demerara sugar cube
  • 2 dashes cardamom cocktail bitters
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier or another orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce maple bourbon
  • 1½ cups boiling water
  • Orange slice or twist and cinnamon stick for garnish


  1. In a coffee mug, muddle the sugar cube with the cocktail bitters. Stir in the Grand Marnier and maple bourbon.
  2. Stir in the boiling water.
  3. Garnish with the orange slice and cinnamon stick.

9. Spiced Almond Pear Cider

Make a big batch of this tasty boozy cider in a slow cooker to serve a crowd. It makes 10 8-ounce servings.


  • ½ gallon pear juice
  • 1 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1 cup Cognac
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves
  • 1 1-inch knob gingerroot
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


10. Mulled Ruby Port

Warm Port wine simmered with spices makes a lovely addition to any warm Christmas cocktail menu. Yields 4 8-ounce servings


  • 1 whole orange
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle ruby Port
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Stud the whole orange with the cloves by inserting cloves through the orange peel.
  2. Add to a slow cooker with the Port, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  3. Cover and simmer on low for four hours.

11. Hot Toasted Nuts

This non-dairy hot Christmas drink is warm, soothing, and delicious. It makes one serving.


  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cook on low heat, whisking constantly, until it simmers.
  3. Serve in a mug.

12. Hot Peanut Butter Cup

If you like a peanut butter cup in your Christmas stocking, then you'll love this easy hot holiday cocktail. The recipe makes one cocktail.



  1. In a mug, mix the hot chocolate and peanut butter whiskey.
  2. Garnish with the whipped cream.

More Alcoholic Hot Holiday Drinks

Looking for more hot, boozy holiday goodness? Try these!

  • This hot buttered rum recipe calls for a vanilla ice cream mixture that you can make ahead and freeze, and then use a little at a time to have a sweet, buttery cocktail at the ready throughout the holiday season.
  • This mulled wine recipe calls for red wine, brown sugar, and various mulling spices such as cinnamons sticks and star anise.
  • The hot coffee caramel recipe calls for coffee, caramel vodka, and whipped cream.
  • Irish coffee may seem like more of a St. Patrick's Day drink recipe, but it's warming and delicious for the holidays as well.
  • A hot toddy is the perfect winter warmer, especially at Christmas.
  • Hot cider with spiced rum hits all the right notes as a hot Christmas beverage.
  • Schnapps and hot chocolate is always a hot holiday favorite.

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1. Hot Dulce de Leche Heat 2 cups milk and 1/2 cup dulce de leche in a saucepan, whisking until frothy. Add a shot of rum, if desired. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

2. Mulled Hibiscus Punch Simmer 2 cups dried hibiscus, 8 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 6 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a dash of nutmeg in a saucepan, 30 minutes. Strain. Serve with cinnamon sticks.

3. Hot Buttered Rum Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla, cinnamon and allspice and a pinch of nutmeg. Heat 1/2 cup pineapple juice in a mug stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 ounce rum. Top with a pat of the spiced butter.

4. Classic Hot Cocoa Whisk 1/2 cup each boiling water and sugar and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder in a saucepan. Stir in 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and heat through. Top with whipped cream and chopped chocolate.

5. Spanish Hot Chocolate Gently heat 3 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate with 1/4 cup water in a saucepan, stirring until melted. Gradually stir in 3/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons sugar heat through. Top with whipped cream.

6. Mexican Hot Chocolate Heat 1 disk (about 3 ounces) chopped Mexican chocolate in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water until melted. Gradually add 3/4 cup milk, whisking until frothy. Add 1 1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur, if desired. Sprinkle with chili powder.


7. Sugar-and-Spice Hot Cocoa Make Classic Hot Cocoa (No. 4), but sweeten the whipped cream with brown sugar. Dust with ground cardamom.

8. Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Heat 1/4 cup milk and 3 tablespoons Nutella in a saucepan, whisking. Add 1 cup milk and whisk until frothy. Top with whipped cream and hazelnuts.

9. Coconut-Almond Cocoa Heat 2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate, 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1/4 cup water and 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucepan, whisking. Top with whipped cream, coconut, and chopped almonds.

10. Maple Chai Bring 2 cups milk just to a boil add 2 chai tea bags and steep 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup maple syrup.

11. White Chocolate Chai Heat 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2 ounces chopped white chocolate and 1 teaspoon chai spice blend in a saucepan, whisking. Top with whipped cream and chai spice.

12. Hot Tea Toddy Steep 1 tea bag and 1 star anise pod in 3/4 cup hot water, 5 minutes. Add 1 ounce brandy, 2 teaspoons honey, some lemon juice and 1 cinnamon stick.

13. Hot Gingerman Steep 1 tablespoon grated ginger in 1 cup hot water, 15 minutes. Add a shot of bourbon and garnish with a lemon wedge.

14. Classic Eggnog Heat 1 quart each milk and heavy cream with 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg in a saucepan. Beat 12 egg yolks with 1 cup sugar add to the milk mixture and cook, whisking, until thick. Beat 12 egg whites until stiff peaks form, then beat in 1/3 cup sugar. Whisk into the hot yolk mixture. Chill.

15. Boozy Eggnog Make Classic Eggnog (No. 14) and top with a shot of bourbon or rum.

16. French Vanilla Eggnog Whisk 3 cups milk, 6 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon nutmeg in a pitcher or punch bowl whisk in 4 ounces each brandy and rum, 2 ounces crème de cacao and 3 cups melted French vanilla ice cream.

17. Coconut Nog Blend 2 cans unsweetened coconut milk, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 cup milk, 4 ounces rum and a pinch each of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Pour into a pitcher chill.

18. Apple Pie Nog Mix 1/2 cup each melted vanilla ice cream and apple juice in a glass add a pinch each of ground cinnamon and allspice. Add apple brandy, if desired. Dust with cinnamon.

19. Pistachio Slush Puree 1/4 cup pistachios, 1/2 cup each water and milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a pinch of salt in a blender with 3/4 cup ice until smooth and foamy. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

20. Apple-Pear Punch Simmer 3 cups each apple cider and pear nectar, 2 cinnamon sticks and 1/2 teaspoon each whole allspice and cloves in a saucepan, 5 minutes. Chill, then strain into a punch bowl of ice. Add 1 bottle sparkling cider.

21. Campari Fizz Punch Mix 1 cup each Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, 2 bottles prosecco and 1/2 cup grenadine in a punch bowl. Garnish with orange slices.

#16 &ndash London Fog Tea

London Fog tea is another hot winter drink I enjoy on the regular. Actually, in my opinion, it&rsquos one of the best tea drinks around. London Fog is one of Starbucks&rsquo famous winter drinks but I think it&rsquos way better made at home (not to mention cheaper and healthier).

London Fog is a rich and luxurious winter warmer drink that can be made with or without sugar (when I do sprinkle in a little sugar I use homemade vanilla bean sugar &mdash so good). I make my London Fog with cow&rsquos milk but you can use whatever type of &ldquomilk&rdquo you prefer. I&rsquove heard coconut milk is an especially good choice.

Maple Pecan Latte

The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo

For a coffee shop experience at home, try this maple pecan latte. It features a homemade maple pecan syrup, fresh-brewed espresso, and steamed milk. While the recipe is nonalcoholic, It's excellent with a shot of whiskey—bourbon or scotch, preferably.

Warm Up with Our Favorite Hot Alcoholic Drinks

When the weather turns cooler, it's time for hot mixed drinks. Here you'll find our favorite warm cocktail recipes to thaw you, including spiked hot chocolate, boozy warm sipping punches, and more fabulous hot drinks with alcohol.

A nice hot drink is our favorite way to warm up after spending any time in frigid winter temperatures. The only way to make get warm and cozy even quicker? Hot alcoholic drinks! Channel your inner mixologist and whip up a hot mixed drink tonight. We&aposve got hot drinks made with wine, alcoholic hot chocolate drinks, and other warm holiday alcohol drinks for the 21+ folks at your next toast. You&aposll also get a few alcoholic cookie recipes and treat ideas to serve alongside our favorite hot liquor drinks.

  • 6 ripe plums, halved and pitted
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus more for greasing dish
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp granulated sugar, plus more for dusting dish
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp grated orange zest
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie dish and lightly sprinkle with sugar. Cut each half of plum into 4 slices and reserve. Combine the remaining ingredients (except the confectioner’s sugar) to the pitcher of a blender and pulse to combine until completely smooth.
  2. Add the batter to the prepared dish. Add the plums and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is golden-brown and the middle is set but still slightly jiggly. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.

Beer Pairing: Weathered Souls “Black is Beautiful” Imperial Stout

“The pride of Austin, TX, Weathered Souls has made a big splash with this ‘crowd-brewed’ imperial stout. Here, their own version will act like a great bold cup of coffee to play along with the dessert.”

Wine Pairing: Auslese Riesling

“Topped with powdered sugar and entombed in a flan-like batter, these baked French plums scream for a wine just as sweet. Auslese (OUSE-lay-seh) is a German ripeness designation that means the wine will have all the sugary- goodness you need with enough acidity to keep the whole thing from tasting like pancake syrup.” Cardamom Mango Cake The Canal House

10 Healthy & Hot Drinks To Keep You Warm This Winter

The winter months were made for mugs full of hot chocolate and eggnog, but those drinks aren’t always the best for your health. You can only drink so much cocoa, especially if you aren’t Santa, you know?

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to your favorite hot drinks, there are plenty of options that will keep you toasty this winter without also packing on the calories, all while helping to ward off colds and flus.

Try any of these 10 recipes for a healthier version of your wintertime favorites.

Hot Drinks for the Holidays — Part II — Hot Apple Drink (Vegan)

How about some practically calorie-free apple pie? This tasty Hot Apple Drink is a perfect warmer on any chilly day. It tastes especially fantastic after spending some time in the cold open air. Just prepare the drink beforehand and heat it to achieve the immediate warmth and comfort. Add more spices for even more flavors!

Hot Apple Drink (Vegan)

1 medium sour organic apple (like Granny Smith), not peeled, but sliced and seeds removed
1 organic cinnamon stick
1/2-inch (1.3 cm) piece organic ginger, thinly sliced
4 cups = 950 ml boiling water
2–3 tablespoons Confectioner’s Style Swerve OR other sweetener to taste

  1. Place all ingredients in a heatproof pitcher or teapot.
  2. Let steep for an hour.
  3. Warm again until hot, then strain out the apple, cinnamon and ginger. Serve immediately.

I wanted to keep this drink relatively mild and not too sweet, that’s why I recommend to use maximum 3 tablespoons Swerve. You can naturally use any sweetener you prefer, but here Swerve works well because it doesn’t really give any aftertaste.

When I wrote my “Healthy Drink Recipes” book last spring, I made plenty of infused water experiments. All the recipes in the book are for cold drinks, however I also tried hot apple drink which was close to this one. During these chilly winter days I fine-tuned the drink recipe until I reached the flavor I wanted. The trickiest part was the ginger — I just tend to use it too much and thus it overpowers easily other flavors. The apple and cinnamon give quite subtle flavor, so you have to be careful not to use too much strong ginger.

I prefer this drink with just cinnamon and some ginger, however feel free to use some additional spices if you like. I tried one version with a sliced vanilla bean, and it indeed was a nice experiment, though a slightly too sugary to my taste especially when I added some sweetener.

All the apple pie spices go great with this drink. Use for example cloves, cardamom, nutmeg or a tiny amount of lemon peel. It’s easy to tweak the drink to match your preferences!

Below is a photo of a really simple drink where I have used just apple, cinnamon and hot water. The drink was perfect as such, without any sweeteners. I posted the recipe on my Facebook page.

Watch the video: Mad Clip. Το συγκλονιστικό μήνυμα που έστειλε για την αγάπη λίγο καιρό πριν το θάνατό του (July 2022).


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