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Make Any of These 11 Warm Cocktails Right in Your Home

Duck Hunt. Image: Tim Nusog

Summer is a distant memory, and spring may seem far away, but you can still get warm even in the bitter winter cold. Rum, whiskey and tequila all go down easy during long, cold evenings when they’re warmed up with spices and winter fruits. Heat things up tonight with these 11 warm cocktails.

  • Hot Mulled Rum

    If you drank too much mulled wine over the holidays, try this rum beverage instead. Citrus, ginger and dried hibiscus add spiced floral notes to pinot noir and rum, and cinnamon and cloves keep everything warm and wintry. Make this recipe for your next party—a single batch serves 10.

  • Mama, I’m Coming Home

    This nutty cocktail is like a boozy pecan pie warmed up and poured into a glass. Pecan-infused scotch is simmered with port, apple cider, honey syrup, cinnamon and cloves for a warming concoction that’s pure perfection when garnished with a soft caramel.

  • Hot Toddy

    Tim Nusog

    We couldn’t leave out the ultimate hot cocktail. Known for curing colds and being the best way to warm up from the inside, the Hot Toddy is on winter cocktail menus all over. The flavor is easy to improvise on with additional fruits, liquors and spices, but start with this classic combination of whiskey (you decide if it’s bourbon, scotch, rye or Irish), lemon and cloves.

  • Northern Exposure

    The Dawson

    An upscale spin on the Irish Coffee, the Northern Exposure is the perfect nightcap or sipper for warming up after an afternoon of wintry fun. Whiskey and Kronan Swedish punsch liqueur give a boozy kick to cinnamon syrup and coffee. A mound of whipped cream sweetens it all up and gives the drink a festive presentation.

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  • Tea & Sympathy

    It’s tea time. Chai gets tipsy when it’s mixed with cachaça and ginger liqueur. Lighten it all up with some fresh lemon juice, and garnish with a lemon wheel stuffed with cloves and a cinnamon stick. Of course, the best presentation is in a teacup, but any mug will do.

  • Plum Toddy

    Give your traditional Hot Toddy a fruity spin with this beautiful purple tipple. It’s super simple to make, so it’s perfect for lazy snow days. Plum liqueur, bitters and hot water are all you need; just mix them together and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

  • Heated Affair

    Tim Nusog

    Tequila works just as well in hot winter cocktails as it does in cool summer ones. Mix the agave spirit with spiced apple cider (made with your choice of spices). When warm, pour the mixture into an Irish Coffee glass, then add a float of heavy cream and nutmeg for a dash of spiced creaminess.

  • Boozy Hot Chocolate

    (Tim Nusog).

    This boozy hot cocoa definitely isn’t for kids. Finely chopped semisweet chocolate mixes with hot milk to create a base for your favorite spirit. Try it spiked with Kahlúa liqueur, Baileys Irish cream liqueur, peppermint schnapps, Green Chartreuse liqueur or bourbon. No matter what you mix it with, though, be sure to top with plenty of marshmallows.

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  • Francophile

    Tim Nusog

    Bonjour! This French cocktail combines France’s calvados apple brandy with rioja wine, cinnamon syrup, lemon and water. The resulting cocktail is a deep pink, subtly sweet and perfect for parties or just sipping on your own.

  • Cardamom & Pop Punch

    Add a little spice to your night with this peppy punch. Rum, lime juice, grapefruit juice and bitters get a spicy, herbal lift from muddled green cardamom pods. It’s a little more complex to make, but it’s well worth it for serving a crowd.

  • Duck Hunt

    Duck Hunt. Tim Nusog

    Carnivores, this cocktail is a dream come true! Duck stock lends its rich, meaty flavor to this savory drink, which is seasoned to perfection with salt and pepper. Dolin Génépy des Alpes liqueur and absinthe add the necessary dose of booze.