5 Warm Winter Cocktails Guaranteed to Heat You Up

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With the recent cold front that has swept across much of the country, most of us are left a little shivery. But no worries—nothing takes the chill out of your bones and puts a smile on your face quite as well as a delicious winter cocktail. Read on for our top picks, which are as easy to make as they are to enjoy. And bundle up out there!

Café Royal

While more traditional recipes use cognac, we like mixing Patrón XO Café with our black coffee. This dry liqueur adds a heavy, wintry richness to your cup of coffee. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder to finish this cold-weather treat. What you need:

  • 1 1/2 oz Patrón XO Café
  • Strongly brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder

Hot Peppermint Patty

The hot peppermint patty can be made as easily or with as much sophistication as you wish—and it’s always delicious. The idea is simple: hot chocolate + peppermint schnapps proportioned according to your tastes. Garnish with peppermint leaves, whipped cream, and crushed candy canes for a more festive rendition.  What you need:

  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Peppermint schnapps

Hot Apple Toddy

Apple cider gets a kick with a little spice and generous dose of brandy. In a saucepan, heat up 3 cups of apple cider, add two orange quarters studded with cloves. Serve over brandy and a cinnamon stick for a warm beverage that will leave you with a grin. What you need:

  • 3 cups of apple cider
  • 1/2 orange
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Brandy

Orange Bourbon Tea

Orange Bourbon Tea


Inspired by the serving suggestions stemming from Joy the Baker’s astute observation that cold weather warrants hot water and bourbon, this fresh recipe doesn’t disappoint. Add freshly squeezed orange juice and honey to hot black tea and spike with a “glug” of bourbon. What you need:

  • Hot black tea
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Honey
  • Your favorite bourbon

Buttered Rum

Warm Cocktail

Yes, you can get quite fancy with this one, slow cooking a big batch for hours. Or you can take and whip up a simple, single-serving in seconds by following this recipe from Esquire. Just pour piping hot water into a mug over sugar cubes, butter, and rum, adding nutmeg if preferred. What you need:

  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • Part of unsalted butter
  • Hot water

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