6 Hot Drinks for Cold Winter Nights

Now is the time to find new ways to stay warm after the sun falls down. And there is no better way to conquer the cold than to have a nice warm drink in your hands. With booze or without, a warm drink goes a long way; so here for you today are six drink recipes to make your house smell nice and your belly feel warm:

6-hot-drinks-for-cold-autumn-nights-featuredHot Cocoa Varieties 
Put a new twist on an old classic with these Hot Cocoa additions:

Mexican Spice Add some cinnamon and ground chipotle for a spicy kick.
After Dinner Mint – 1/2 oz. Creme De Menthe, 3/4 oz. Peach Liquer, 1/2 oz. Vodka
Caramel Cream – A little cream and a couple chocolate covered caramels go a long way
Butter Baby Alcoholic – 1 oz. butterscotch schnapps
Mint Float – Great for Dessert, throw in a scoop of mint-chocolate chip ice-cream


Hot Toddy – Alcoholic 
A classic adults-only beverage, the Hot Toddy has been keeping whiskey drinkers warm for generations.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. brandy, whiskey, or rum
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 Lemon
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tea bag 

Directions

  1. Coat Glass with Honey
  2. Add Liquor and Squeezed Lemon Juice
  3. Add Tea Bag and Steep with Boiling Water

Hot Buttered Cider
A party favorite for all ages, nothing says Fall like a stick of butter.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider or juice
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 tspn. allspice 
  • 1 tspn. whole cloves
  • 1 lemon peel (cut into strips)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • optional cinnamon sticks

Directions

  1. Combine Cider and Brown Sugar into Large Vat
  2. Add Spices and Lemon Peel to “Spice Bag” (wrapped in cheese cloth), and Add to Vat
  3. Boil, Cover and Simmer for 15 Minutes
  4. Add 1/2 Teaspoon to each Serving (makes 10-12 servings)

6 Hot Drinks for Cold Autumn Nights

Fiesta Coffee
Hold on to your hats for this one. This alcoholic drink will either give you a weird start to the day, or a pick-me-up for the long winter nights.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of your favorite coffee
  • 1 0z. tequila 
  • 1 oz. Kahlua 
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Combine all, enjoy!

Warm Pineapple-Ginger Punch
Spice up your life with this festive punch. Sure to pack a taste that matches its vibrant aroma.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 cup sliced ginger
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 split cinnamon stick
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tspn pepper

Directions

  1. Combine All Ingredients into Pot, Bring to Boil, Simmer and Cover for 10 Minutes
  2. Strain Drink into Festive Mugs

Ale Punch
Beer, rum, combined into one? That’s one way to warm up during the winter…

Ingredients

  • 8 apples
  • 5 cardamon pods
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 quarts pale ale
  • 2 cups honey
  • 10-12 oz. dark rum
Directions
  1. Combine Spices into Spice Bag
  2. Peel and Cut Apples
  3. Add Everything but the Rum into Pot
  4. Boil, Simmer and Stir on Low for 20 Minutes
  5. Add Rum to Drinking Vessel, Pour Hot Ale Over and Serve