winter cocktail recipes

Fourteen Fabulously Festive Winter Cocktail Recipes

winter cocktail recipesIs there really anything more satisfying than kicking your feet up at the end of a long day and sipping on your cocktail of choice to unwind? If you’re anything like me, this practice becomes especially routine during chilly winter months when you find yourself craving the extra comfort and warmth. This list of winter cocktail recipes is the perfect way to treat yourself to a little “me time” after a hard day’s work.

And whether you’re a fan of ending your day with sweet comforting classics like hot cocoa or drinks that may or may not put a little hair on your chest, this list has something for you! From strong to casual sips that will delight guests, this list has a variety of drinks that despite their varying intensity, will add a little warmth and festivity to frigid winter nights.

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Bailey’s Chai Tea 

Need something to really warm your bones and bring you a little bit of sweet comfort? Try this drink recipe! This drink is simply Bailey’s, vanilla flavored vodka, and chai tea and comes together in a little to no time! Make this your go-to drink when you’re enjoying a cold, snowy day at home and you’ll feel like you’re in your own cozy winter wonderland.

This recipe is courtesy of Becky who runs TheCookieRookie and can be found here!

Pomegranate Moscow Mule

Pomegranates are filled with antioxidants, antioxidants are super good for you…so therefore this Moscow mule is good for you! Okay maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but pomegranate does go amazingly well with both ginger beer and vodka. Plus, pomegranate is so festive and pretty it just seems seasonally appropriate to incorporate it into your drinks! Give this drink a go, you won’t regret it.

This recipe is courtesy of Delish and can be found here!

Kahlua Pumpkin Spice Latte

If you love all things pumpkin, namely pumpkin spice… then you have got to try this Kahlua pumpkin spice latte! This drink packs a warm spiced flavor that will instantly put you in a festive mood!

This recipe is courtesy of CookingInStilettos and can be found here!

Butterscotch Martini 

Forget dessert! This martini will perfectly satisfy your sweet tooth without being too overly sweet and sugary. Indulge in this sweet treat while cuddled up inside hanging out with family and friends. Bonus points: This drink apparently tastes like the Butterbeer they serve at Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

This recipe is courtesy of Amy who runs LivingLocurto and can be found here!

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French Toast Cocktail

If you’re looking for something really sweet and indulgent, then give this drink a go! With just 3 ingredients, it comes together super easy and has the flexibility of making a great shot or a longer drink. This is the perfect drink to enjoy over dessert with friends and family!

This recipe is courtesy of MixThatDrink and can be found here!

RumChata Hot Cocoa 

This recipe is perfect not only for those who love the taste of cinnamon, but also those who love creating cute DIY gifts for others! This recipe comes with added instructions on how to turn this drink concoction into a gift jar that would delight just about anyone this holiday season.

This recipe is courtesy of SunnySweetDays and can be found here!

Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour

Well, if the whiskey doesn’t warm you up the spices in this drink sure will! Delicious as it is beautiful, this drink is everything you love about a good ‘ol whiskey sour, just made a little bit friendly with the addition of a cranberry simple syrup. This drink does require a little bit more time than others on this list, but I promise you it will be well worth it once you taste how amazing it is.

This recipe is courtesy of Ashley who runs BakerByNature and can be found here!

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Holiday Spiced Mulled Wine

Don’t let the name fool you, you’ll want to drink this delicious sangria through the cold months in the new year! As effortless as it is comforting, this sangria simply requires adding all ingredients to a pot and allowing to simmer for 30 minutes. If you’re entertaining simply double or triple the recipe to satisfy a crowd!

This recipe is courtesy of Becky who runs TheCookieRookie and can be found here!

Fireball Hot Toddies

This is one of those recipes that has me thinking to myself “hey, why didn’t I think of that?” because it just makes soooo much sense! Warm gooey caramel accompanied by fireball and cinnamon sticks? Gimme! This drink will definitely light your spark and leave you feeling all kinds of festive and cozy.

This recipe is courtesy of Delish and can be found here!

Pumpkin Pie Bourbon and Pear Cocktail

This cocktail will warm your soul with a homemade pumpkin spice infused bourbon (there’s instructions for this don’t worry), and then tickle your tastebuds with crisp notes of ripened pear! This cocktail will look effortlessly beautiful on your table for a dinner party, give its rich golden tone and delicate pear slice for garnish.

This recipe is courtesy of Todd from HonestlyYum and can be found here!

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Heated Cape Cod

Does it really get more festive than cranberry? While you probably associate cranberries primarily with desserts, juice, and side dishes, this drink will seriously change the way you think about these little antioxidant rich berries! This drink is great for a chilly evening or as a quick afternoon pick-me-up.

This recipe is courtesy of MixThatDrink and can be found here!

Eggnog Martini

If you’re a sucker for the creamy comforting taste of eggnog, then you’ll love this cocktail twist! Incorporating rum, this drink transforms the holiday staple, into a fun adults-only version that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

This recipe is courtesy of Chef Remy at GeniusKitchen and can be found here!

Frostbute Tequila Cocktail 

This is not your average tequila drink! Blending various creams, blue curaçao, and tequila, this drink is is a unique winter spin on your favorite tequila drinks from summer. And with a vibrant blue color, this drink is almost too pretty to drink…almost. Whip up a batch of this drink for guests and you’ll forever change the way they think about tequila.

This recipe is courtesy of Colleen Graham from TheSpruce and can be found here!

Tangy Cider Fizz

I don’t know about you, but cider is pretty much my go-to drink from December 24th through December 31st. There’s just something about the crisp, sweet notes of apple that scream “holiday” and “happy new year” to me. I love this drink because it is the perfect mix of childhood holiday season nostalgia and adult beverage. Marrying cider, vermouth, lemon juice, and brown sugar, this drink is just the right amount of sweet, crisp, and satisfying, without being too strong.

This recipe is courtesy of Elana Lepkowski at SeriousEats and can be found here!


Do you have any go-to winter cocktail recipes you swear by? Drop ’em in the comments!

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