12 Warm You Up Winter Holiday Season Drink Recipes (2024)

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When I was little I remember snow on Thanksgiving every year. Times change and even if we don’t have snow for Christmas you can guarantee that it will be cold here in Central New York.

There is nothing better than coming in from the barn (or sledding) to a house filled with the scent of hot mulled cider or minty hot cocoa. Almost makes you want to go back outside just so you can come back in again.

In anticipation of freezing fingers and ruby red noses I’ve put together a round up of warm-you-up hot drinks perfect for the holiday season from November to the end of winter.

12 Warm You Up Winter Holiday Season Drink Recipes (2)Spiked Almond Joy Hot Chocolate from Tipsy Chickens

Let’s kick it off with a new favorite of mine, I took all the flavors of my number one candy bar and shoved them into a mug of hot chocolate! There is no better way to warm up than with coconut, almond and dark chocolate together with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.

Homemade Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and Latte from Bakingdom

This is one of those drinks that seems to only exist in overpriced coffee shops. Fortunately thanks to Bakingdom we can all make them at home!

Candy Cane White Coconut Hot Cocoa from Flour on my Face

This one’s made with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Who wouldn’t want to serve up a a pretty cup of peppermint pink cocoa?

Nutella Hot Chocolate from The Hungry Housewife

Nutella is basically heaven on earth. Adding it to hot chocolate? What would possibly make it better. Oh yeah, whipped cream!

Broiled Bailey’s Hot Chocolate from Amanda K. by the Bay

I’m never used to a be abig drinker, then life changeda lotand now I have a second website devoted to co*cktails and spiked desserts. This lovely drink looks like a perfect way to recover from sledding to me!

Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate from Gimmie Some Oven

Every year I make super spicy chocolate cookies with cayenne and chipotle pepper, I don’t even like spicy food but I can’t help but eat them. I bet this cocoa is just as good!

Snickers Hot Chocolate from Peace but not Quiet

I went to Williamsburg, VA when I was in high school with my family. Do you know what I remember most vividly? The Snickers lattes I got from the cafe down the street from the hotel. Snickers really are that amazing!

DIY Peppermint Mocha from Bright Eyed Baker

Peppermint and Mocha are winter BFFs and I personally believe the two should see more of each other all year round. Peppermint, chocolateandcoffee? Sign me up!

Apple Jack Spiked Hot Apple Cider from I Can Cook That

Applejack is one of my favorite drink ingredients, it plays so well with others!

Spiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider from Goodlife Eats

I think pomegranates are supposed to be the most healthy food ever. So adding it to cider (the best drink ever) is a double win. Throw in some lemon and spice and you’re all set.

Hot Spiced Cider from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Cider is probably the reason fall is my favorite season. I only buy cider from 2 local cider mills, both close on Christmas Eve and then I have to wait for fall again. Instead of being sad I spend 4 months drinking as much cider as possible, my favorite way is hot with spices just like this recipe.

12 Warm You Up Winter Holiday Season Drink Recipes (13)Applejack Hot Toddy from Tipsy Chickens

Remember when I said Applejack was my favorite? Well I turned it into a hot toddy with cinnamon, orange and maple syrup. The chai gives it an extra boost of spice to warm you up this winter.

Eggnog Latte from The Kitchn

Another better-than-a-coffee-shop at home version of a holiday favorite. Eggnog is a seasonal favorite of mine, from November 1st to New Years Day I can’t get enough!

Vanilla Almond Steamer from A Farm Girl Dabbles

When I was in high school we used to go to a tiny coffee shop a few times a week and get all sorts of steamers. I never even thought about making them at home, but now I can! This recipe could easily be switched up to a different flavor

Sleepy Time Hot Toddy

Keep this one on hand for all those post-holiday party colds! Chamomile tea and whiskey will put you to sleep while the honey, lemon and ginger give you an extra immune boost.

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12 Warm You Up Winter Holiday Season Drink Recipes (2024)


What drinks keep you warm in winter? ›

15 Hot Drinks to Warm You Up and Make You Feel Cozy
  • 01 of 15. Sweet and Spicy Mulled Wine. ...
  • 02 of 15. Easy Chai Tea. ...
  • 03 of 15. Spiced Vanilla Almond Milk. ...
  • 04 of 15. Warm Mulled Cider. ...
  • 05 of 15. Creamy Caramel Latté ...
  • 06 of 15. Mexican Hot Chocolate. ...
  • 07 of 15. Slow Cooker Gingerbread Hot Chocolate. ...
  • 08 of 15.
Feb 8, 2024

What to drink when its cold outside? ›

7 Winter Drinks To Keep You Warm This Winter
  • Spiced Apple Cider. This classic drink is perfect for chilly days and nights. ...
  • Hot Chocolate. A winter favorite, hot chocolate or cocoa is a great way to warm up and get your sweet fix simultaneously. ...
  • Mulled Wine. ...
  • Hot Toddy. ...
  • Chai Latte. ...
  • Ginger Tea. ...
  • Coffee.

What is the best drink for a cold day? ›

It's hard to beat a hot toddy on a cold day. It's a drink that you can take in any direction you like to fit your mood, taste, or whatever you have on hand. Rum, whiskey, and brandy are common, and the basic hot toddy is a perfect venue for your favorite winter tea.

What is the best co*cktail for winter? ›

We've compiled a list of some of the best co*cktails to try this winter, from classics including the Whiskey Skin (also known as the original Hot Toddy) and the flaming Blue Blazer, to modern updates like the Winter Daiquiri and blood orange based Colletti Royale.

What is a winter drink? ›

Our classic Hot Toddy, mulled wine, and spiked hot chocolate are the boozy drinks you need to warm up when cold weather strikes.

What is the best drink to warm you up? ›

Put on the kettle, and let's get started.
  • 01 of 09. Hot Toddy. ...
  • 02 of 09. Traditional Chinese Medicine-Inspired Mulled Wine. ...
  • 03 of 09. Inverno Arancione. ...
  • 04 of 09. Hot Buttered Spiked Cider. ...
  • 05 of 09. Ginger & Bourbon. ...
  • 06 of 09. Cinnamon & Tequila. ...
  • 07 of 09. Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies. ...
  • 08 of 09. Whiskey Chai.
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How can I keep my body warm in winter? ›

Wearing lots of layers rather than one thick piece of clothing will help trap your body heat and keep you warmer. Clothes made with insulating material, like wool jumpers and thermal underwear, are best for keeping you warm at home. Using a hot water bottle is also an inexpensive way to stay warmer for longer.

What do you eat or drink to help you warm up in winter? ›

Nutritious Foods to Keep You Warm In Cold Weather
  • Thermogenesis and Body Heat. In general, foods that take longer to digest can help raise your body temperature and make you feel warmer. ...
  • Eat Bananas. ...
  • Drink Ginger Tea. ...
  • Eat Oats. ...
  • Drink Coffee. ...
  • Eat Red Meat. ...
  • Eat Sweet Potatoes. ...
  • Eat Butternut Squash.

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