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Guava Hot Buttered Rum

Rum , Hot

When temperatures drop and you’re looking for a sipper to warm your bones, check out this tropical twist on a classic Hot Buttered Rum from bartender Juan Coronado. The secret ingredient? Guava paste, a popular ingredient in the Spanish Caribbean.

Hot Buttered Fun

Rum

“There’s something so comforting about a good ol’ Hot Buttered Rum—the spices, the rich mouthfeel and a good barrel-aged rum,” says lead bartender Bryan Galligos. He adds Plantation five-year-old rum, lemon juice, hot water and a syrup made from apple tea and demerara sugar. But the pièce de résistance? A pat of butter filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, star anise, cardamom, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper and brown sugar, floated so the spices melt into the drink and the flavor develops as you drink it down. “You can’t beat butter,” he says. Um, nope.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “7 Hot Buttered Rum Cocktails to Drink in Bars Now.”

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Rum Fireplace

Rum , Hot

Kick your feet up beside this winter-worthy cocktail, a cozy blend of BACARDÍ Ocho eight-year-old rum, cinnamon-star anise syrup and a trio of fresh fruit juices. Be sure to make extra syrup as it’s an easy way to winterize your favorite classic drinks.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Winter Charm

Rum , Hot

The season’s best sippers bring a little brightness to the warm and fuzzy. The Winter Charm cocktail does exactly that—a balancing act of spiced and tropical flavors held together by a backbone of BACARDÍ Black rum. And if barley syrup sounds too strenuous an undertaking, don’t worry—it’s easier to make (and more delicious) than you think.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Rum Cider

Rum , Hot

This boozy hot cider touches all the bases: BACARDÍ Carta Oro gold rum, apple cider, chamomile tea and a one-two punch of simple syrup and citrus to round out the edges. For an added snap of seasonal spice, don’t miss the grated nutmeg garnish.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “3 BACARDÍ Cocktails to Keep You Warm This Winter.

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Belvedere Unfiltered Hot Cider

Vodka , Hot

What happens when you mix unfiltered premium vodka and unfiltered apple cider? You get a unique and delicious spin on a classic winter drink.

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Belvedere Toddy

Vodka , Hot

It won’t take much to warm up this refined take on the Hot Toddy. Great vodka and all the right garnishes add up to an unforgettable cocktail.

Hot Red Rum

Rum

Danny Sawyer, a bartender at Chicago’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, describes this glögg riff as warm, rich and spicy.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Hot Mulled Rum

Rum

In addition to spices, bartender Aaron Joseph at Baltimore’s r.bar uses citrus, ginger and dried hibiscus flowers in his heady rum sip. He recommends reserving the strained out flowers and ginger slices and using them to garnish the drink. Select a lighter-style pinot noir so it won’t compete with the delicate, lightly aged rum.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Is It a Full Moon?

Rum

This drink by owner and bartender Brian Nixon of Washington D.C.’s McClellan’s Retreat has a big dose of fall in the form of a house-made liqueur of vodka and toasted pie spices that’s the liquid equivalent of pumpkin pie. He starts with Scarlet Ibis Trinidad rum, a spirit originally commissioned for New York cocktail bar Death & Co, and mixes it with warm apple cider and the liqueur.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “These Are the Only 3 Mulled Rum Cocktails You'll Ever Need.”

Mama, I’m Coming Home

Scotch Whiskey

Head bartender Jenn Knott calls this cocktail "a one-stop shop for all of the flavors reminiscent of the changing seasons." For it, she infuses Cutty Sark scotch with roasted pecans, then simmers it with apple cider, Fonseca Bin No. 27 port, honey syrup, cinnamon sticks and cloves. It's served in an Irish coffee mug and garnished with a soft caramel candy. It reminds Knott of growing up in Michigan and picking apples at the orchards with her family during the fall.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “Nuts for Pecans? Go Drink These Cocktails in Bars Across the USA.”

Hot Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey Irish Whiskey Rye Whiskey Scotch Whiskey , Classics Hot

Brrrrr, is it cold out here? Great for a warming up for the night or when you're feeling under the weather, you can use any kind of whiskey you like in this hot and comforting classic Hot Toddy recipe.

Bacardí El Espresso de San Juan

Rum , Modern Classics

Coffee-based rum cocktails are perfect for warming you up. This recipe was created for the coldest winters, using hot coffee, spicy Mayan chocolate, rum and a kick of chili.

Simple Syrup

Non-Alcoholic

Learn how to make this easy syrup for all your cocktailing needs.

Allspice Irish Coffee

Whiskey

An Irish Coffee is all about the ingredients. And this one by Mary Chojnacki of the Chicago Athletic Association features amazing coffee, incredible whiskey and a pleasant dash of spice.

Northern Exposure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee from The Dawson is both soothing and luxurious. It’s an upscale cocktail you can make at home.

Irish Goodbye

Modern Classics

Say hello to this beer-centric update on the Irish Coffee by Matthew Frederick of EZ Inn in Chicago. And don’t worry, you don’t have to be a beer lover to enjoy it.

Butter & Scotch Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee, great whiskey and a little sweetness turns this Irish Coffee by Allison Kave of Butter & Scotch into something special.

August Laura Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Modern Classics

A few unexpected ingredients and artisanal touches separate this cocktail by Alyssa Sartor of August Laura in New York City from your average Irish Coffee.

Breakfast of Champions

Whiskey , Modern Classics

Good coffee and great whiskey make this an unforgettable Irish Coffee riff by Natalie Streiter of Fools Gold in New York City and the perfect addition to any meal.

The Irish Cure

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This Irish Coffee by Dave Buggy of The Copper Still in New York City hits all of the right fruity notes. It’s an Irish cure-all for bad coffee and cocktails.

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail by Rob Giles, the beverage director at Until Tomorrow in New York City, would still be a soothing and subtle Irish Coffee without it, but it’s not truly finished until you’ve added the whipped cream.

The Lark Irish Coffee

Whiskey , Hot

You probably don’t associate root beer syrup and nutmeg with Irish Coffee, but that’s exactly why you have to try this recipe from The Lark in San Francisco.

Irish Coffee

Irish Whiskey

Prepare to fall under the charm of the most famous coffee cocktail of all time. As befits a drink with Irish heritage, there’s many a tall tale surrounding its origins.

Fallen Leaf

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Brett Esler of Whisler's in Austin created this intricate take on the Hot Toddy. It gets a nice spice from ginger liqueur, a round sweetness from house-made honey syrup and plenty of spice from cinnamon and allspice. Keep in mind this tipple proves strong, so it's best to sip slowly.

Bone & Bacon

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Yep, that’s a baby back rib garnish.

Duck Hunt

Hot

Consomme gets boozy on this woodsy adventure.

Chicken Soup Hot Toddy

Gin , Hot

Spike your Jewish Penicillin with a shot of gin.

Chicken & Apple Wassail

Hot

Whoa: applejack, cider and a shot of stock.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Toddy

Gin , Hot

Your favorite Chinese takeout in boozy form.

Posset

Classics

Although the full recipe takes a couple of hours, this classic drink is accomplished in a crockpot, so it’s basically a set-it-and-forget-it type of recipe. Get a batch started before friends arrive, then spoon into coffee mugs.“We use an IPA as the beer base,” says Mike Bohn of New York City’s Olmsted, “which gives the drink a contrasting freshness from the hops and citrus, plus a little porter thrown in to add some coffee richness.”

Hot Apple Pie

Hot

Looking for something to warm you up when it’s cold out? Try this cocktail from Smith & Whistle at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.

Steeply Devoted

Gin , Hot

This boozy tea by bartender Elia Covino at Chicago’s Rebar in Trump hotel will warm you up during winter. “I wanted to make something to replace the mulled wine we would serve around the holidays that would appeal to the Hot Toddy drinkers and that spirits people wouldn't generally think would go well in a warm cocktail,” says Covino. “I knew I wanted vermouth to be a component, and the gin was a wonderful addition, adding more depth and a floral component. The milk chocolate elixir plays off both of those so well, and the ginger snap liqueur and honey add a touch of sweetness.”

Buddy’s Busy

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

For football season, we had a bartender from each NFL team's hometown provide the perfect cocktail to represent their team.
“This cocktail is an ode to the ’85 Bears and the fleeting Honey Bears cheerleaders. I have vivid memories of watching them both during that season, even at six years old,” says bartender Christiana DeLucca of Chicago’s Formento’s. “It's also an homage to Buddy Ryan's 4–6 defense. That man is a legend, and this is my tip o’ the hat to him in cocktail form. Served Toddy style, this cocktail is all about embracing the fall season. Make a large batch, grab a thermos, and you've got the perfect tailgating cocktail to impress your friends.”

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Bourbon / American Whiskey Rum , Hot

No matter how much we fight it, as the weather turns cooler, imbibers turn to pumpkin spiced lattes. But instead of heading to the coffee shop for an overly sweet version, use the slow-cooker recipe by bartender Norma Beekman of Lexington, Ky.’s Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, and make your own at home. Since the drink stays hot in the pot, you can serve it morning, noon and night. And for the boozy kick, you can spike it with a variety of spirits, such as dark rum, bourbon or Frangelico—the darker the better.

X-Mas Sin

Armagnac , Modern Classics

OK, sure, the name of this cocktail has a naughty Christmas sort of vibe. But that doesn't mean you can't sip this steamy drink all throughout the colder months, enjoying the pick-me-up hint of coffee paired with the rich bite of Armagnac.

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Brandy / Cognac , Hot

It tastes like a warm spiced apple, despite an unlikely list of ingredients.

Maple Beet Shrub

Non-Alcoholic

The beautiful thing about shrubs is that there are only two rules: something sweet and something acidic. And although the beets maybe seem like an odd or unnecessary addition, they actually keep the sweetness in check with a welcome earthiness.

Tea & Sympathy

Cachaça Liqueurs , Hot

Forget the whiskey. This warming Toddy replaces the brown spirit with cachaça laced with chai and spicy ginger liqueur.

Patrinos

Liqueurs , Hot

Give your winter Toddy a Greek vacation by adding Tentura, a Greek liqueur spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Spiced Cocoa

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Spice up your next cup of cocoa with this cayenne-spiked recipe mixed with nutty walnut liqueur and bourbon.

Rock Your Face Off Hot Toddy

Rye Whiskey , Hot

This Toddy is the perfect vehicle for Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye from New York Distilling Company. Combine the flavorful rye with honey syrup, lemon juice and bitters for a dram that will keep you warm all winter.

Apple Crisp Toddy

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Hot

Craving gooey apple crisp? Create the drinkable version with a base of freshly-brewed English breakfast tea laced with lemon peel plus spicy ginger bourbon, apple slices and cinnamon.

Pistachio Mule

Vodka , Modern Classics

This classic cocktail has a seriously nutty twist.

Dans Le Nuit

Brandy / Cognac , Modern Classics

In this cocktail from Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago, pistachios pay a nice complement to cognac.

Cardamom

Vodka , Punches

Inspired by the earthy flavors of cardamom, this cocktail combines espresso, pistachio vodka and cardamom syrup.

Lychee

Vodka , Modern Classics

Pistachios, coconut, lychee and rum combine to make one tasty drink that’s on the menu at BDK in San Francisco.

Lone Oak

Irish Whiskey , Modern Classics

This cocktail from New York’s Dead Rabbit combines Irish whiskey and pistachio syrup for a truly nutty concoction.

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