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The 6 Coziest Winter Cocktails to Make During a Snowstorm (or Whenever)

The 6 Coziest Winter Cocktails to Make During a Snowstorm (or Whenever)

There might be a few more cold months ahead (depending on what the groundhog says), but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the last of winter with some relaxing rituals.

Winter is the season to cozy up with a new book or finally get caught up on that show you’ve been meaning to binge. Either way, both activities could be made even better with a warm drink.

With or without alcohol, a hot drink is a great way to warm up after a winter activity or just watching the snow fall outside. But with Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be in the mood to grab your friends or partner and make some winter cocktails. 

Grab your favorite mug and make any of these delicious hot drinks to warm you up for winter. And if you’re not a drinker, we’ve got some tasty non-alcoholic hot drinks for cold days on this list just for you.

Just don’t forget to snap a picture for your IG before you take that first sip — these drinks are (almost) too beautiful to drink!

Carmel Apple Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy’s are classic this time of year. But you’ve likely never tried this simple but perfect combo of flavors before!

What You’ll Need: 

  • 2/3rd cup caster sugar (also known as “superfine” granulated sugar here in the US)
  • 2/3rd cup apple juice
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2/3rd cup apple pie liqueur
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon to serve 

How to Make It:

  1. Put sugar in a saucepan over high heat with 1 tablespoon of water. Swirl the pan around for 5-6 minutes until it becomes golden and caramelized. 
  2. With a metal spoon, stir in 2 cups of water (carefully) and continue to swirl the pan until combined. 
  3. Add your apple juice and cinnamon sticks, then add your liqueur last. 
  4. Divide among glasses and top with whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon. 

Note: if you can’t find “caster sugar,” don’t worry. You can make some of your own by putting granulated sugar into a food processor and pulsing until it’s finely ground. 

Mulled Wine

Anything involving the word “wine” is our kind of excitement, but mulled wine is on another level. 

Headed to the ski slopes with the gals? This tasty winter cocktail will warm you up after your last run and get you ready to relax. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Juice of 2 oranges, plus a peel of 1
  • Juice of 1 lemon, plus ½ a peel
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 star anise 
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus extra to serve
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 4 whole cloves 
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (fresh is even better)
  • 2 bottles of your favorite pinot noir 

How to Make It:

  1. Put everything but the wine in a large saucepan over medium heat, along with 2 cups of water. 
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add wine and bring barely to a boil (you don’t want to boil the alcoholic properties out of your wine — that’s the best part!). Bring the heat way down and let simmer for a few more minutes. 
  4. Grab the mugs and serve with a cinnamon stick and some fresh nutmeg. 

With a winter cocktail recipe this good you’ll need to be careful to not have too many so you can make first chair the next morning! 

Peanut Butter Salted Martini

We know, it sounds a little crazy! But if you’re a peanut butter lover, this is your new favorite go-to winter beverage that you’ll find yourself making time and time again. 

What You’ll Need:

How to Make It:

  1. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own peanut butter syrup using peanut butter and salted caramel flavor. Put a dollop of each in a cocktail shaker and add splashes of hot water until smooth. 
  2. Or just use some pre-made peanut butter syrup, we won’t judge!
  3. Mix in your booze and shake it like the pro bartender you are for about 10 seconds. 
  4. Strain into a peanut-rimmed coupe glass and enjoy!

This goes without saying, but skip this winter cocktail if anyone in your party has a peanut allergy! 

Campfire Espresso Martini

If you’re headed to the mountains for some winter camping this season (or even if you’re staying in the Airbnb,) make this comforting hot drink that’ll make you feel like you’re sitting right by the fire. 

What You’ll Need: 

  • 1 ½ ounce marshmallow-infused vodka
  • 1 ½ ounce espresso
  • 1 ounce toasted marshmallow syrup
  • ½ ounce Kahlua
  • Marshmallows on mini-wooden or bamboo skewers to garnish 

How to Make It:

  1. Throw it all in a cocktail shaker. 
  2. Have a dance party (while shaking).
  3. Put it in a glass and top with adorable little marshmallows (toast them for fun if you actually have a fire going) on a skewer.

Satisfy your s’more craving — minus the sticky fingers.

Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider

Cider is one of those go-to winter beverages that never get old. Time to zest it up a bit with the flavor! We love this non-alcoholic warm drink that packs a punch into an old classic. 

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups cranberry juice blend or cranberry cocktail
  • 4 cups apple cider
  • Peel of 1 orange and cut into long strips
  • 1 large piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole allspice berries (find them in the spice aisle)
  • 4 whole cloves 
  • Optional sweeteners (honey, brown sugar, or agave)
  • Fresh cranberries to garnish

How to Make It: 

  1. This one’s simple: Throw all your ingredients in a big pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Then reduce the heat and let it simmer (partially covered) for 30 minutes. Strain and enjoy! 

If you couldn’t guess, this one’s great for parties and having your gal pals over. This recipe is super easy to scale up and you can make it ahead of time and reheat it.  

For a boozy version, just add a splash or two of a dark liquor like rum or bourbon.

Barbajada (Milanese Hot Chocolate-Coffee)

Who said you have to choose between coffee and hot chocolate this time of year?

Trust us when we say this winter drink will make you feel like you’re actually in Milan. This frothy combination of coffee and hot chocolate hits all the right notes for a cultural experience — without having to hop on a plane. 

What You’ll Need: 

  • 1/4th cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4th cup sugar (or less if you want it less sweet)
  • 1 ½ cups milk of your choice (oat, almond, etc.)
  • 2/3rd cup strong coffee or espresso
  • Whipped cream to serve

How to Make It:

  1. Mix cocoa powder and sugar in a medium bowl until combined.
  2. Brew a cup of Joe.
  3. In a saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until slightly steaming.
  4. Whisk in the cocoa and sugar mixture and the coffee, whisking rapidly until it’s frothy. Pour into your favorite wintertime mug.
  5. Top if off with some whipped cream and a dash of cocoa powder on top to decorate!

Elevate Your Self-Care This Winter

There’s no denying that a warm and tasty winter drink is a great way to relax and unwind. These toasty cocktails are great for nights stuck home during a snowstorm, or after a long day out on the slopes with the squad. 

The short winter days can sometimes be a bummer, so you’ve got to be on top of your self-care routine to make it through to the spring. Why not kick it up a notch and plan a trip to visit a natural hot spring near you?

We’ve got all the best ones picked out already for you!

Make the most of winter at any of these natural hot springs in the U.S. >

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