‘Tis the time for cardigans, holiday cheer, and cozy cocktails! There is nothing like coming in from the bitter cold to the inviting warmth of your home and a hot drink to wrap your frozen fingers around. Even better when that comforting concoction is spiked!
Here’s a list of the 12 coziest and most cheerful cocktails of them all to get you through all 12 Days of Christmas! Check for a special bonus at the end!
Bourbon Chai Toddy
Saveur has a unique and beautiful Chai Tea Toddy recipe complete with a homemade chai tea element. Chai lattes are so warm and spicy, boasting the essence of holiday spirit. This cocktail goes a step further than original Chait Tea with the use of almond milk steeped with whole rather than ground spices like allspice, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, peppercorns, and more. This is lightly sweetened by agave or honey and complimeted with bourbon. Oh Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year! Want to add an extra holiday kick? Adapt this recipe using Twinings Chai Tea, Pumpkin Spice tea bags in place of the black tea bags. Find this recipe here – Saveur.
Tom & Jerry
You cannot have the holidays without this Eggnog reminiscent drink. So I emphatically insist that you try this warmed, spiked, incredibly whipped and decadent homemade Tom & Jerry by Serious Eats. You make an actual rum laced batter where a whole pound of sugar is used with egg yolks and a spice blend then incorporated into whipped egg whites. An extra holiday nip of rum and brandy will go into each serving ! So this will definitely have you singing Joy to the World in no time! Oh yes, and for the moosey, Clark Griswald, National Lampoon effect that I think eggnog type drinks deserve, you need these too – Christmas Eggnog Moose Mug Gift Boxed Set of 4.
Ah red wine, one of the great loves of my life. I chose this recipe from BBC Food since it was different from other traditional Mulled Wine recipes due to the addition of gin and simplicity of the ingredients. Since gin is made from juniper berries, gin alone, tastes a lot like Christmas trees! This recipe steeps the wine and gin with an orange, bay leaf, a cinnamon stick, grated nutmeg, and a touch of sugar. This is a recipe which lets the flavors of your wine and gin shine through as the stars, so as you can imagine, this drink is going to make things taste and look a lot like Christmas! To keep this wine mulling all day long, try this Mulled Wine Set.
Glogg (Swedish Mulled Wine)
Glogg is Swedish Mulled Wine. The big difference between Glogg and other mulled wine recipes is the use of dried fruit and nuts that are soaked for days in the boozy blend. This NYT Cooking Recipe is a lively mixture of red and white wines along with vodka and bitters! Warm winter spices like cardamom and cloves amp up the aromatics. This Glogg is even served with tiny spoons to eat the dried fruit and nuts! Find your own tiny spoons here –Stainless Steel Mini Spoons, Set of 12.
Hot Buttered Rum
This golden and not-too-sweet traditional Hot Buttered Rum recipe from Epicurious will satisfy all the holiday cocktail yearnings you ever had. Hot Buttered Rum is a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, spices, rum, and a hint of salt. Oh so cozy and sweet, this is a rich and dreamy drink that will warm your soul and get you ready to rock around that Christmas Tree! Try these Eat, Drink & Be Merry Mason Mug Holiday Glasses to spread the cheer!
Hot Butter(nut) Rum
Yes, you read that Butternut title correctly. And yes, this is very different than a traditional Hot Buttered Rum. This adds butternut squash butter to the merry mix of rum, Earl Grey Black Tea, and velvet falernum! Can we just take a moment to let the comfort and joy of this recipe from Liquor.com sink in?! And a drink so snazzy deserves to be served in style. Try these Anchor Hocking Café Mugs.
With the cold season comes the dreaded winter cold virus. But don’t fret, there’s a cocktail for that! Hot Toddies are well known for their comforting properties. A simple mixture of boiling water, whiskey, honey, lemon, and spices known for their anti-inflammatory properties will give you a remedy that soothes sore throats and helps kick that night cough and give you the silent night you deserve.
My go-to Hot Toddy Recipe: 2 oz. boiling water, 1.5 oz. whiskey, 1/2 tsp. of honey, 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lemon, pinches of ground turmeric and ground ginger or nutmeg.
Tip- use ingredients you enjoy on their own, like your favorite bourbon and Raw Honey .
Hot Peppermint Patty
Imagine coming in after shoveling the snow or even building a snowman, peeling off your wet coat and boots, and taking a slow, long sip of velvety, sweet, soothing hot chocolate with layers of boozy sweetness. Sounds pretty soothing to me! This elevated recipe from The Spruce has the indulgent combination of creme de menthe, peppermint schnapps, and dark creme de cacao. It is so perfect for a Cold December Night! Just be sure to stock up on Stephen’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa, Dark Chocolate!
Winter Warmer Mulled Sangria
Pomegranate and Jagermeister Spice liqueurs make this a festive and winter wonderful delight! This is a perfect adult punch for a holiday gathering. Note that this Sangria from The Spruce takes about a week to prepare! Oh Holy Night, so worth the work! Jagermeister Spice is offered during the winter months each year, and does differ from the original Jagermeister. It is said to be more mellow and much sweeter, spiced with real cinnamon. In case you are unable to get your hands on the Jagermeister Spice this year feel free to send me an email and I’ll let you know a suitable substitute!
Spiked & Spiced Hot Apple Cider
Apple cider is a beverage I always keep in our house during the colder months. In the evening, when the fire is going and the children are sleeping and dreaming of a white Christmas, I get that cider warmed and rum induced! One of my favorite recipes is from A Couple Cooks. It’s a simple and lively twist on a Fall favorite. Spicing up the cider with dark rum and Star Anise gives it such depth and just the right touch of unique holiday beauty. Use store bought cider or make your own like I do with Aspen Mullings Cider Spice Blend. This tastes incredible while filling your home with the scent of the holidays.
Architect & Kings Rye Drink
Calling all coffee lovers! Sophistication and enhancing coffee without subduing it is what this stylish coffee drink is all about. This hot rye drink was created by a bartender in Chicago, who wanted to take the bitterness of coffee and the right blend of liqueurs to the next level. The cream, apple brandy and use of Demerara (Mauritius) sugar softens the bitterness. This is such a special coffee concoction with a blend of palate coating liqueur like Luxardo Amaro Abano, making it a must try for an after dinner drink. Be on the nice list, and leave an extra one out for Santa Baby!
Coffee with Baileys and Frangelico
For those Baileys devotees, here is a sweet Baileys and Frangelico coffee. Bon Appetit uses heavy cream in this rich recipe to make a boozy dessert drink to relish and unwind with. While this could totally replace dessert, I am not recommending that one bit! It is the holidays, so indulge, enjoy, treat yourself, and let this ring your jingle bells! Add these Callebaut Dark Chocolate Sticks for stirring, decoration, and an extra sweet treat!
There may not be a 13th day of Christmas in the real world, but this Ritzy Mom is feeling so generous this year that I’ll give you a bonus!
Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate With Chili, Cinnamon & Mezcal
Let’s end this holiday season on the spiciest note of all! Here’s a drink that will thaw even the frostiest snowmen out there. By melting bittersweet chocolate with whole milk, Dried Ancho Chile, cinnamon, and Mezcal, you will yield a frothy and spicy hot chocolate that is nothing short of magical. While the recipe notes that you may substitute Tequila or Rum for Mezcal be aware that Tequila is not the same as Mezcal. Tequila comes exclusively from Blue Agave plants grown in specific regions. Mezcal is a bit sweeter and smokier spirit made from a variety of Agave plants in numerous regions. Be adventurous and try this Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate!
Cheers & Happy Holidays!!
For every warm drink craving, there is a cozy cocktail to satisfy you all winter long. And for every cozy cocktail, there’s a holiday song to go with it!
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