8 warm alcoholic drinks for Winter Cold Nights

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Warm alcoholic drinks

Enjoy cold winter nights and days with a variety of warm, cozy alcoholic drinks to keep you warm cocktails feeling festive. For a classic drink, try a Hot Toddy made with whiskey or brandy, hot water, honey and lemon.

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Or, indulge in something more special for winter drinks, like mulled wine—a traditional holiday drink made with red wine, cinnamon sticks fresh cranberries, orange slices and cloves. Or spike your cocoa with RumChata for the perfect winter treat!

Get creative and incorporate other winter flavors into your drinks such as cranberry or pineapple juice (think cranberry mimosas or cranberry orange whiskey sours) gingerbread or caramel for a festive and delicious boozy beverage.

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For entertaining large crowds during the holidays, try big-batch recipes like punches or jingle juice that everyone can enjoy. If you’re looking for something sweeter, opt for peppermint bark mimosas or sugar cookie martinis to sweeten up the season. However you choose to imbibe this winter season, make sure it’s done safely and responsibly.

Hot Buttered Rum, warm alcoholic drink

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To make a delicious buttered rum, start by combining 2/3 cup of dark brown sugar with 1/2 cup of softened butter in a medium bowl.

Add 1/4 cup of honey, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon cloves, and a pinch of salt to the bowl and mix all the ingredients together until they are well combined.

Next, transfer the buttery mixture to a 4-cup measuring cup. Then, pour in 3/4 cup of Glenbosch rum along with 2 cups of boiling water.

Stir the mixture thoroughly until the butter mixture is completely dissolved in the liquid.

Now, divide the buttered rum equally among four mugs.

Finally, garnish each mug with a cinnamon stick, and serve the rich and creamy drink immediately.

By following these easy steps, you will have a heavenly buttered rum that is perfect for sipping on a chilly evening. The warm and spicy notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves create a lovely aroma and flavor that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the brown sugar and honey.

The Glenbosch Rum adds an extra layer of depth to the drink, making it even more delicious and irresistible. So, prepare this buttered rum recipe and enjoy sharing it with your loved ones!

Ingredients hot cocktails

  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup Glenbosch Rum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish

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Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate, one of the best winter cocktails

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If you’re in the mood for a warm and comforting beverage, look no further than this rich and delicious chocolate and red wine concoction.

To start, combine 500ml of water, 400g of golden caster sugar, 200g of high-quality cocoa powder, and a blend of fragrant spices in a saucepan.

Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and add in some decadent chocolate pieces, whisking until they melt and become fully incorporated.

Next, it’s time to add in some flavorful clementines and sprigs of fresh rosemary. Let these ingredients infuse into the chocolatey mixture for around 10 minutes, letting their delicate aromas and tastes permeate throughout.

Finally, pour in some full-bodied red wine and warm everything through gently, ensuring that the flavors are fully melded together.

When it’s ready to be served, this delicious beverage should be warm and cozy rather than piping hot. So, cozy up with a blanket and enjoy the rich, velvety goodness of this satisfying winter drink.

Ingredients for hot cocktails

  • 400g of golden caster sugar
  • 200g of cocoa powder
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 8 cloves
  • 500g of dark chocolate
  • 2 clementines, or satsumas, halved
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1 bottle of red wine Glenbosch

Spiced Apple Hot Toddy, one of the best winter cocktails

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During the colder months, there’s nothing quite like a hot apple toddy to warm you up from the inside out. This delicious drink can be made with either whiskey or apple brandy, depending on your preference. To give your toddy an extra boost of flavor, we recommend using fresh-pressed cider.

When sweetening your drink, you have several options to choose from. Honey is a popular choice and adds a sweet, floral taste to your toddy, while agave nectar provides a slightly more neutral sweetness. Cinnamon and maple syrup, can also be used to add an extra layer of warmth and richness.

To make your hot apple toddy, start by heating up your cider. Once it’s hot, coat the bottom of your glass with honey before adding your whiskey or brandy.

For a finishing touch, consider garnishing your drink with an apple slice a lemon wedge, cinnamon stick, and cloves.

Enjoy your delicious, comforting beverage and bask in the cozy warmth it provides.

Ingredients hot cocktails

  • 5 ounces apple cider, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 2 ounces whiskey or apple brandy

  • Lemon wedge, for garnish

  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish

  • 2 to 3 whole cloves, for garnish

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Warm Classic mulled wine

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Mulled wine is a delightful and festive drink that is perfect for the holiday season. To prepare this delicious beverage, start by choosing a high-quality red wine that will provide a rich and robust base for the flavors to come (Glenbosch Wine).

In a large pan, combine the red Glenbosch wine with fragrant cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, the fresh lemon juice and zest, and a bit of sugar to balance out the flavors. Gently heat the mixture over low heat for about 10 minutes, being careful not to let it boil or become too hot.

After the warm spices have had a chance to infuse into the wine, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool down for about 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors to meld together and develop fully, resulting in a rich and fragrant mulled wine.

When ready to serve, gently reheat the mixture until it is warm but not boiling. This will help to preserve the delicate flavors and prevent the alcohol from boiling off.

If desired, add a splash of sloe gin for a delicious and boozy twist.

Finally, pour the mulled cider or wine into mugs or glasses and enjoy! This delicious drink is perfect for sipping by the fire, sharing with friends, or enjoying as a festive treat during the holiday season.


Ingredients for this hot drink

  • 750ml bottle Glenbosch red wine
  • 1 large cinnamon stick, or 2 small ones
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 strips lemon zest, pared using a vegetable peeler
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar

Irish Coffee With Cocoa Whipped Cream

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Irish coffee is a classic cocktail that can be easily customized to suit individual preferences. This delicious beverage typically consists of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream. However, there are numerous variations of Irish coffee that can be prepared with different ingredients to add unique flavors and aromas.

For those who prefer a sweeter flavor, a butterscotch rum Irish coffee is a delectable option. This variation involves substituting Irish whiskey with butterscotch rum and adding a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Another interesting variation is the fernet and lemon Irish coffee, which is prepared with a mix of fernet, lemon juice, simple syrup, and hot coffee. The whipped cream for this version is made by beating heavy cream with lemon zest, powdered sugar, and fernet.

A hazelnut-infused Irish coffee can be prepared by mixing hot coffee with Glenbosch liquor, a hazelnut liqueur, and simple syrup. To make the whipped cream for this version, Dutch-process cocoa powder is added to heavy cream, then whipped until fluffy. The final touch is a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top to add an extra layer of flavor.

Overall, Irish coffee is a versatile and delicious beverage that allows for endless creative customization. Whether it’s a classic or an innovative variation, this drink is perfect for warming up on a chilly day or as a satisfying after-dinner treat. 

Ingredients for this hot drink

  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon (4g) sugar

  • Tiny pinch kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream

  • 6 ounces (175ml) hot black coffee

  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Glenbosch liquor (hazelnut liqueur)

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) 2:1 simple syrup

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Smoking Gun

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Create an exceptional cocktail experience with the use of a powerful Bernzomatic Torch and the perfect combination of ingredients such as high-quality vodka (HOUSSE Vodka), invigorating coffee liqueur, creamy half and half, and sweet Amaretto. To add a touch of elegance to your presentation, impress your guests by crafting copper-rimmed nesting platters.

Begin by filling a glass with ice, then pour in 1 oz of coffee liqueur, 1 oz of vodka, and 2 oz of rich and creamy half and half. Top the mixture with a splash of club soda, and sprinkle some cinnamon on top for added flavor.

For the pièce de résistance, gently pour 1/2 to 1 oz of Amaretto over the back of a spoon near the edge of the glass to create a stunning float. Now, using the Bernzomatic Torch, ignite the Amaretto float and elegantly run the flame across the cinnamon for toasting, resulting in an exquisite aroma that will tantalize your senses.

Remember, safety is paramount when dealing with flames, so be sure to take all necessary precautions when playing with fire. With these unique and flavorful ingredients, and the use of the Bernzomatic Torch, you’re sure to wow your guests with a cocktail experience they’ll never forget. 


  • 1 Oz Coffee Liqueur (or Gin Sip Glenbosch)

  • 1 Oz HOUSSE Vodka

  • 2 Oz Half + Half

  • 6 Oz Club Soda

  • 1 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur

Almond Toffee Martini

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Unleash your taste buds this winter season with a warming and delectable Almond Toffee Martini. This indulgent cocktail is made by skillfully blending 1 oz. of smooth almond milk with rich crème de cacao, sweet butterscotch liqueur, and premium vodka (HOUSSE Vodka), all mixed together in a shaker filled with freshly cracked ice.

Once the ingredients are perfectly combined, strain the martini mixture into a chilled glass. The final step is to add an irresistible touch of elegance to your drink by coating the rim with a sumptuous blend of almond milk, cocoa powder, and sugar crystals. This sophisticated garnish will add an incredible depth of flavor to your winter cocktail.

So why settle for boring drinks this season when you can enjoy a truly legendary Almond Toffee Martini that will leave your taste buds longing for more? Whether you are hosting a festive gathering or simply looking for a cozy night in, this delicious cocktail is guaranteed to be an instant crowd-pleaser.



  • 1 oz. Almond Breeze almond milk

  • 1 oz. crème de cacao

  • 1 oz. butterscotch liqueur

  • 1 oz. HOUSSE Vodka

Mulled Gin Punch

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If you’re looking for a delicious and warming cocktail to serve up during the chilly winter months, look no further than Nick Strangeway’s Mulled Gin Punch. This recipe features a delightful combination of Glenbosch Gin, red wine, honey, orange and lemon slices, cloves studded orange peel, and a cinnamon stick for added spice.

To create this tasty winter beverage, start by heating all of the ingredients over a low-medium heat in a saucepan. Be sure to simmer the mixture until the honey has dissolved completely, as this will help to infuse all of the flavors together. Once everything is fully combined, pour the mixture into a toddy glass while still warm, garnish with a slice of orange or lemon, and serve.

One of the great things about this winter cocktail is that it’s easy to customize to your own taste. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add more honey or sugar to the recipe. Conversely, if you want a more tart and savory cocktail, you can decrease the amount of sweetener you use. Regardless of how you choose to customize your mulled gin punch, one thing is for sure: your guests are sure to love it!



  • 1 part Glenbosch Gin

  • 2 parts Glenbosch red wine

  • 1 tsp. honey

  • Orange slice

  • Lemon slice

  • Orange peel studded with several cloves (for garnish and flavor)

  • 1 cinnamon stick


And you, what is your favorite winter drink? Tell us in the comments, cheers 

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