20 Warm and Toasty Holiday Drink Recipes

February 15, 2023

20 Warm and Toasty Holiday Drink Recipes

On cold days during the holidays, nothing will get you more warm and toasty than a delicious alcoholic or non-alcoholic steaming, hot drink. From a hot toddy to a delectable hot cocoa to an Irish coffee, there's sure to be the perfect beverage recipe for you. We’ve compiled a list from around the web of 20 warm and steamy holiday drink recipes that will warm you up inside and out.

Alcoholic Holiday Beverages

Some recipes for warm alcoholic holiday beverages are:

  1. Boozy Raspberry Hot Chocolate

Nothing's better than the combination of chocolate and raspberries, right? A delicious boozy raspberry hot chocolate made with cream, milk, and real chocolate can really hit the spot. This is definitely not a drink you'll want your red-cheeked child to indulge in after a couple hours outdoors building a snowman. It's especially made for adults who are seeking the nostalgia of hot cocoa, but with a little more kick to it. The raspberries give it a sweet twist.

See the recipe on Host the Toast.

  1. Applejack Hot Toddy

At the end of a cold or soggy day, you can warm yourself up with this inviting Applejack hot toddy. You create this soothing delicious treat with lemons, honey, and applejack brandy. In Ireland, a hot toddy is referred to as hot whiskey, which is usually served warm with water, honey, spices, herbs, and liquor.

See the recipe on Rachel Ray In Season.

  1. Maple Pecan Latte

If you're looking to turn your home into a coffee shop experience, you'll want to definitely try this maple pecan latte. It's made up of fresh-brewed espresso, maple pecan syrup, and steamed milk. Serve it with a shot of bourbon, whiskey, or scotch to give it some oomph.

See the recipe on The WorkTop.

  1. Mulled Pomegranate Warmer

Mulled wine is amazing and is a big time crowd-pleaser. Add in some pomegranate, and you'll have the perfect mulled pomegranate warmer beverage to share with friends and family. It's simple to make, and everyone will enjoy it. Mulled wine is a classic during the holidays. You can also add a fruity spin to it by adding in a mulled pomegranate warmer.

See the recipe on The Spruce Eats.

  1. Mama I'm Coming Home

With this “Mama I’m Coming Home” nutty beverage, it's like you're pouring a boozy pecan pie into a glass. You simmer pecan-infused scotch with apple cider, port, cinnamon, cloves, and honey syrup for a warm concoction that you'll find very soothing to drink. You garnish it with a soft caramel candy.

See the recipe on Liquor.com.

  1. Tea & Sympathy

Mix chai, ginger liqueur, and cachaca with this tea party. Add in fresh lemon juice, and garnish it with a clove-stuffed lemon wheel and a cinnamon stick. Serve this tea & sympathy beverage in a teacup or a mug.

See the recipe on Liquor.com.

  1. Duck Hunt

With the duck hunt, the duck stock provides a meaty, rich flavory, making a savory beverage you season with pepper and salt. Add in Dolin Génépy des Alpes liqueur and St. George Absinthe Verte, and garnish with caraway seeds, toasted juniper berries, and rosemary sprig.

See the recipe on Liquor.com.

  1. Francophile

France's calvados (apple brandy) is combined with red wine, lemon, water, and cinnamon syrup with this Francophile French cocktail. It results in a subtly sweet, deep pink, and perfect Paris-themed party beverage, or one you can enjoy by yourself.

See the recipe on Hungry Forever.

  1. Hot Buttered Rum

There's a reason why hot buttered rum is a winter classic. You combine a winter-spiced ice cream-based batter with rum, and you have a comforting, warm mixture to evoke the best type of boozy nostalgia.

See the recipe on Liquor.com.

  1. Heated Affair

Mix together spiced apple cider (your choice of spices) with agave spirit, warm, and pour the Heated Affair into an Irish Coffee glass. Dash in some nutmeg, and add a float of heavy cream for some spiced richness.

See the recipe at Hungry Forever.

Non-Alcoholic Holiday Beverages

Some recipes for warm non-alcoholic holiday beverages are:

  1. Sugar Cookie White Hot Chocolate

This holiday drink is exciting and unique. If you love sugar cookies, the Sugar Cookie White Hot Chocolate beverage is for you. It's an easy recipe to make, and it will surely warm you up during the cold holidays.

See the recipe on Say Grace.

  1. Pumpkin Gingerbread Hot Cocoa

Still craving the pumpkin goodness after Thanksgiving? If so, you'll love this pumpkin gingerbread hot cocoa. It gives you the flavors of both winter and fall in one mug to create the ideal pick-me-up on a cold, gloomy day. It incorporates pumpkin puree, which provides you with added richness that will make you feel all cozy inside.

See the recipe on Live, Eat, Learn.

  1. London Fog Tea

This is another hot beverage you can enjoy over the holidays. The London Fog Tea is a famous winter drink from Starbucks, but you might be able to make it a whole lot better at home. It's a luxurious and rich warm beverage you can make with sugar, or without. Try a homemade vanilla bean sugar. Use any type of milk.

See the recipe on International Desserts.

  1. Classic Eggnog

While many people drink classic eggnog with alcohol, you can opt for the nonalcoholic kind. Historically, it's referred to as milk punch. It's a mixture of cream and egg yolks.

See the recipe on Delish.

  1. Traditional Wassail With a Modern Twist

With this Traditional Wassail With a Modern Twist drink, you add all the ingredients into your slow cooker, and allow it to simmer for four to six hours. When your guests arrive, they can simply help themselves. The garnishes are also part of the cocktail already.

See the recipe on HGTV.

  1. Hot White Russian With Salted Caramel Rim

This is a new spin on a White Russian cocktail, and the perfect alternative to hot chocolate, but adds a coffee kick. The Hot White Russian With Salted Caramel Rim drink has a salted caramel rim and salty-sweet finish.

See the recipe on The Effortless Chic.

  1. Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail

Vanilla, cherry, and amaretto provide the Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail with the flavor of a cherry pie fresh out of the oven. The pie crust crumble and whipped cream make it nice to look at, along with it being delicious.

See the recipe on HGTV.

  1. French Hot Chocolate

This French Hot Chocolate is made from a real chocolate bar. Perfect for a cold, dreary day. You serve it in a small cup. It's very rich and thick, so you'll only need a small cup to satisfy your chocolate craving. You'll need 70% dark chocolate, whole milk, chocolate curls (optional), whipped cream, and brown sugar.

See the recipe on International Desserts.

  1. Almond Milk Chai Latte

This delicious and creamy Almond Milk Chai Latte is so good, it's hard to believe it's dairy-free. You blend together cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom, and simmer it in almond milk. Add a little frothy almond milk on the top.

See the recipe on Mother Thyme.

  1. Warm Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail

On a cold day during the holidays, you can warm up with the indulgent taste of rich coconut cream pie with the Warm Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail. It's topped with shredded coconut and whipped cream to make a great twist on the classic coconut dessert.

See the recipe on The Intoxicologist.

Patrick Gunther

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