Forget about the cold with these satisfying hot cocktails

Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, photo provided by Mozart Liqueur
Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, photo provided by Mozart Liqueur /

As the temperatures continue to drop and snow piles higher and higher, these satisfying hot cocktails can help make the winter chill a little more bearable. While many people might have a signature cocktail or even a favorite seasonal beverage, sometimes a little warmth in a glass is too much to resist.

There are many types of hot cocktails. Sure, the idea of just pouring a shot or two in a coffee or even a hot chocolate is totally acceptable. While some people like that straight shot, others prefer to have more layers of flavors.

Although some master mixologists have created nuanced cocktails, there can be a happy medium. From using a great liquor to a secret ingredient or two, there are plenty of ways to add a little extra to the glass.

Grab a blanket, a cozy spot on the couch, the remote and settle in. As your hands cradle that warm glass, the first sip will make you forget all about any of those frigid temperatures outside the window.

Which hot cocktails deserve another sip?

Mulled Hot Chocolate

While many people love a little extra in the adult hot chocolate, the Mulled Hot Chocolate from Mozart Chocolate Liqueur is a must try. Instead of being an overly sweet dessert cocktail, this cocktail appeals to a wine drinker as well as those who have a sweet tooth. It is the perfect balance.

Here’s how to make Mulled Hot Chocolate from Mozart Dark Chocolate Liqueur


For 1 drink


  • Cinnamon stick or pinch of cinnamon

BACARDÍ Hot Buttered Rum

A hot buttered rum is one of those classic hot cocktails. The combination of warm spices, sugar and a butter satisfies on a chilly day. Even though butter in a cocktail might not be too common, that touch of butter makes it rich.

Here’s how to make Bacardi’s version of a Hot Buttered Rum.


  • 2 oz BACARDÍ Spiced rum
  • 3 oz Hot Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 1/4 Heaping Teaspoon Soft Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Knobs Unsalted Butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves. After the sugar dissolves, simmer for 5-10 minutes to infuse all flavors. Pour mixture into a serving vessel and serve in individual glass mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon wheel.

Glendalough Irish Coffee

While Slainte might put everyone in a festive mood, a traditional Irish Coffee with an Irish liquor is a must. With a little blessing from Saint Kevin on the label, this cocktail is delightful any time of day.



  • Pour freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup. Add the Demerara sugar and whiskey. Stir all ingredients and top with heavy cream. Garnish with coffee beans.

Tequila Toddy

While many people believe that a hot toddy is a cure all, this version is a little different. Although the basic recipe is clear, the use of the Anejo tequila adds a more robust flavor. For tequila drinkers, this hot cocktail is a must.


  • 1.5 oz 1800 Añejo tequila
  • 2 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz boiling water
  • .25 oz honey
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Lemon wedge


  • Add ingredients to a footed glass coffee mug and stir to combine. Garnish with two lemon wheels and two cinnamon sticks.

These hot cocktails are just a few ideas. Just remember sip cautiously. The winter weather might be brisk, but no one needs to be overserved.