10 Toasty Drinks to Beat the Winter Chill

10 Toasty Drinks to Beat the Winter Chill

We're still battling the chill of winter, which is why were consoling ourselves with one of the best things about the season: hot cocktails. Most toddies, Irish coffees, and warm punches feature liquors of the whisky variety, but we have options for the wine, tequila, and gin drinkers as well. So raise a mug, and stay warm until spring.

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1. Pumpkin Buttered Rum

The secret to this trendy, seasonal cocktail? Pumpkin butter! It's just about the only thing that could make hot buttered rum better than it already is.

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2. Hot Rum Cow

Hot milk, dark rum, and aromatic bitters are the stars of this drink. And to give it a little sweetness, vanilla extract and cane sugar are added in. It's like a warm milk punch, and it can't be beat.

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3. Tequila Hot Toddy

Think outside the margarita with this hot (yes, hot) tequila drink. With a few winter spices and a wedge of lime, you might never go back to the traditional whisky hot toddy again.

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4. Hot Apple-Ginger Toddy

There are few things better than hot apple cider, but spiked hot apple cider definitely makes that list. This version is especially delicious, thanks to the addition of chopped ginger while the cider simmers.

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5. How To Make Irish Coffee

Making Irish coffee is almost too easy. Adding that shot and dollop of whipped cream is quite the temptation, but we'll save this for a special weekend brunch treat.

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6. Bourbon Cough Syrup for Grownups

Despite what the name implies, you don't have to be fighting off a cold to enjoy this warm cocktail. All you really need are plans for a cozy night at home, and some good bourbon.

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7. Gin Hot Toddy

The botanicals in gin might seem better suited to the warmer months, but one sip of this gin toddy is sure to change your mind. Paired with an orange wedge for the citrus component, this may be your new go-to for winter sipping.

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8. Hot Cranberry Punch with Sage & Peppercorns

This warm punch is the perfect drink to serve as digestif after your dinner party. The cranberries give it a tartness to balance the sweet Riesling, while the sage and peppercorns round it out with notes of herb and spice.

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9. Irish Whisky Skin

Don't be put off by the name of this cocktail — it's really just a take on a hot toddy, but a bit simpler. All that's required is hot water, whisky or scotch, and a lemon peel. If you like things on the sweeter side, you can also add a bit of sugar or simple syrup.

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10. Chamomile Bourbon Hot Toddy

When you think about it, adding tea like chamomile to a hot toddy just makes sense. It adds another level of flavor without adding a lot of sweetness. We especially love that this chamomile toddy is paired with a not-too-acidic Meyer lemon.

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