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40 of The Best Winter Cocktail Recipes

Winter is the most magical time of the year for me. I truly enjoy having fun outside, doing my favorite outdoor winter activities, such as building a skating, building a snowman, or going for long walks in the forest covered in snow. However, I also love spending long and dark afternoons on my couch near the fireplace, surrounded by my cozy blanket, watching my favorite TV shows. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get cold, but gladly I am always prepared for that. I simply make sure that I have my favorite winter cocktail recipe on hand to warm me up!

Since I love experimenting, over the years, I have prepared tons of different cocktails. The recipes I have mastered vary, and they depend on my mood and the occasion. That’s why today, I want to share with you 40 amazing cocktail recipes that will make you feel warm and cozy during cold winter nights. Keep reading to discover your favorite one!

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini
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As a huge coffee fan, I just can’t resist an espresso martini. It’s a perfect cocktail to pick after having dinner. The coffee and the liquor will both wake you up and warm you up. It’s a must-have for all coffee lovers around the world!

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine
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I am from Poland, and this is probably the first cocktail every polish has in mind when thinking about the winter. Mulled wine is not only delicious but also easy to make. Wine, fresh oranges, mulling spices, and cinnamon, are all I want during colder months!

Hot Toddy

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If you really feel cold and want the heat to go through your body, what can help you better than a hot toddy? The combination of whisky, honey, lemon, and cloves is all you need when the temperatures drop. Add the hot water and enjoy your drink!

Beer Americano 

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If you cannot choose between having a Campari and a beer, why don’t you have both at the same time? To make a Beer Campari, all you need is a beer (preferably a Pale Ale), Campari, Cinzano Rosso, some ice, and you are good to go!

Blue Curacao Mojito

Blue Curacao Mojito
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During the winter, when it’s cold outside, we tend to miss summer and tropical flavors a lot. If this happens to you, remind yourself of those hot days near the pool with this Blue Curacao Mojito! While having this refreshing drink, you can always watch some of your old photos from the holidays to set up the mood even more!


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A classic drink that will make your wintertime extremely pleasurable. Negroni was invented in Florance by Camillo Negroni is a perfect addition to any Italian food that you can order and enjoy eating on the couch while watching Netflix and chilling.

Manhattan Cocktail

Manhattan Cocktail
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It’s one of the most famous cocktails served around the world. If you want to go to your favorite bar to have it, but it’s way too cold to leave your warm house, it’s time you learn how to make a perfect Manhattan cocktail at home! The combination of bourbon, vermouth, and orange bitter it’s worth the effort!

Whisky Old-Fashioned

Whisky Old-Fashioned
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It is said that whisky old-fashioned is typical men drink, but it couldn’t be more false. It’s a type of cocktail that is perfect for chilly winter evenings for both men and women. Get your favorite whisky,  add ice, orange garnish, and other ingredients and enjoy this classic cocktail at home!

Aperol Spritz

Apreol Spritz
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It’s time to introduce the king of Alpine ski slopes. I’ve been skiing in the Alps many times in my life, and I can’t imagine not having Aperol Spritz while doing it. If you want to feel like skiing in the Alps, just prepare this refreshing cocktail at home!

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum
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The mix of butter and rum might seem like a bad idea at first, but after trying it, you will change your mind immediately! Hot Buttered Rum is one of those cocktails that is sweet, warm, and has an extra kick that will help you relax in your armchair while reading your favorite book.

Cream Marshmallow Cocktail

Marshmallow cocktail
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Are you looking for a cocktail that will not only be tasty but also allow you to feel like a kid again? If the answer is yes, you have to prepare this delicious Marshmallow Cocktail! Marshmallows with the addition of ice cream, raspberries, and vodka are the perfect choice for this winter!

White Apple Punch

White apple punch
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For parties and family gatherings, the perfect option is a White Apple Punch. It will warm up everyone who comes to visit you. The base is made of apple juice and frozen lemonade concentrate, but you can also add other fruits. It all depends on you, so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Rosemary Ginger Cocktail

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Among many ingredients that you have in mind while thinking about the winter, ginger and rosemary are definitely among them. With a little bit of gin, the rosemary ginger cocktail will become one of your top winter cocktails, especially good when you get a cold due to the health benefits of ginger.

Mulled Beer

Mulled Beer
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Winters in Poland can be really tough. That’s why mulled wine is not the only warm alcoholic beverage I used to drink every winter before leaving my Country. Mulled Beer or Mulled Ale is very popular where I come from, and if you have never tried it, it’s about time to change it!

Christmas Rum Punch

Christmas Rum Punch
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When you think about the winter, you think about Christmas, and when you think about Christmas cocktails, you think about Christmas Rum Punch. This cocktail is the true definition of Christmas magic that will warm you up and help you create amazing memories for years!

Whisky Mac

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For everyone who believes that whisky is the best liquor on earth and wants to warm up on a chilly day, we have got you covered. Whisky Mac is a classic cocktail that is a simple combination of blended scotch and Stone’s Original green ginger wine. Classy, yet delicious, and what’s most important, very easy to prepare!


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Italian alps are one of my favorite skiing spots, and besides Aperol Spritz, there is one more drink I absolutely love. It is Bombardino, which means “little bomb”. It’s Italian eggnog made of three simple ingredients, and its taste is so good that it’s better than any winter dessert.

Eggnog Cocktail

Eggnog Cocktails
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Speaking of eggnogs, I wouldn’t be able to skip one of my favorite winter eggnog cocktails! The one I enjoy the most is made with brandy and dark rum. However, you can choose the alcohol you like the most to make your perfect eggnog. Just don’t forget about egg yolks and your cocktail shaker!

Pear Brandy Sidecar

Pear Brandy Sidecar
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Every Sidecar is always made with brandy and lemon juice. However, the real game-changer in this recipe is a touch of pear brandy. This Pear Brandy Sidecar is considered to be a Christmas version of the Sidecar, and you just have to try it to understand why!

Hot Chocolate With Peppermint Schnaps 

Peppermint hot chocolate
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Is anything more typical to drink during the winter than hot chocolate? In case you want to upgrade this most popular winter beverage, we can help you with that. All you have to do is prepare a Hot Chocolate With Peppermint Schnaps. This delicious cocktail will stay on your menu for good!

Candy Cane Cocktail

Candy Cane Cocktail
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The only ingredient that you must have to make Candy Cane Cocktail is a Candy Cane. Everything else is up to your imagination. You can use any alcohol and other ingredients you want. This cocktail should be sweet, so I recommend some flavored vodka, such as a marshmallow one. Other than that, the sky is the limit!

Orange Crush

Orange Crush
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We don’t really have many fresh fruits during the winter, that’s why imported from tropical countries oranges are so popular during this time of the year, and you can find them in many winter cocktails. My favorite one that contains oranges is an Orange Crush. It’s easy to make, and it reminds me of hot summer days!

Tom And Jerry Cocktail

Tom And Jerry Cocktail
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If I had to point out the biggest winter rival of a Hot Chocolate with Schnaps, I would say it is Tom & Jerry Cocktail. This cocktail is hot, sweet, and delicious, making it a perfect choice when you really want to warm up and reward yourself with something sweet. Just be careful because this recipe might be addictive!

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee
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Irish coffee is another great option that contains coffee and alcohol. It’s a very old recipe that came from Europe. Originally it comes with Irish whisky, sugar simple syrup, and Caffe americano. You can also add some whipped cream on the top to make it even tastier!

Smoking Bishop

Smoking bishop
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Smoking bishop is a variation of a mulled wine that you can find in a “Christmas Carol” written by Charles Dickens. In this recipe, you first staff the oranges with cloves and roast them in the oven. It might be a bit more time-consuming, but once you try it, you will know that cooking time wasn’t wasted!

Raspberry Tea with Vodka

raspberry tea
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It’s another winter cocktail recipe that is very popular in Poland. You can be sure that Raspberry Tea with Vodka will warm you up in the blink of an eye. To make it even better, add raspberries, some lemon, honey, and a little bit of ginger. It’s the best option after a long walk outside on a very cold day!

Christmas Cosmopolitan 

Christmas Cosmopolitan
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Christmas Cosmopolitan even though warms people up, is also very refreshing. This cocktail looks very pretty and will cheer everyone who enjoys drinking it on a cold winter evening. It’s super easy to make, and if you have never tried it, I am sure it will stick to your Christmas tradition immediately.

Vodka Red Passion

Vodka Red Passion
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Cranberries and passion fruit are the other two things that make my wintertime better. That’s why I love to combine them to make a Vodka Red Passion Cocktail. The preparation is very easy, it won’t take you more than two minutes to make this delicious recipe! Use some fresh cranberries as a garnish.

Strawberry Margarita

Strawberry Margarita
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Among all of the different Margaritas, this one is my wintertime number one. It’s probably because I miss fresh strawberries a lot, and that’s why during the winter, I love preparing Strawberry Margarita quite often. As a secret ingredient, I sometimes add a little bit of ginger.

Traditional Sangria 

Spanish Sangria
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Spanish Traditional Sangria is perfect for every time of the year, but somehow it tastes the best during the winter! Fresh fruit like apples and oranges, orange juice, red wine, and some extra liquor is everything I want when I invite people to my house.

Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider
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Hot Apple Cider has everything you want while looking for a perfect winter cocktail. Simply pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a saucepan, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, orange peel, and allspice berries and boil everything for about 10 minutes. To make the recipe more special, cut the apples into cups and pour the cider into them!


Mudslide Cocktail
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If you like vodka, Kahlua, and Irish Cream, then Mudlisde is perfect for you. It’s a type of milkshake-style cocktail that can also be served frozen. Whenever you feel like having something sweet that can also warm you up, this cocktail is your best choice! You can always have during hot days to cool off too!

Hot Caramel Cocktail

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If you like hot and sweet cocktails and you want to try something different than chocolate, a Hot Caramel Cocktail is what you need! In my opinion, it tastes best with butterscotch schnapps, but you can easily try other alcohol, such as whisky or brandy. Add some whipped cream on the top before you serve it!

Vodka Mocha Cocktail

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This one is a great choice for every iced-coffee lover. To prepare this simple Vodka Mocha Cocktail recipe, you just need some espresso, vodka, sugar, and a little bit of chopped bittersweet chocolate, and a glass with ice cubes. To make it sweeter, you can add some whipped cream on the top, but I prefer this recipe without it.

Milk and Honey Cocktail

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Milk and Honey Cocktail is very simple to prepare, yet delicious and warming. It’s a typical winter drink that can be a good companion of yours during cold nights. All you need to make it is a Benedictine Liquor and milk. You can also add some extra spices, such as orange slices, cinnamon sticks, or garnish.

Cinnamon Whisky Sour

Cinnamon whisky sour
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Cinnamon Whisky Sour is more associated with fall, but trust me, it’s also a perfect winter cocktail. Get yourself some good whisky or bourbon, fresh lime juice, and cinnamon syrup. Add some ice and mix everything. This simple recipe will allow you to enjoy yourself under the blanket for sure!

Winter Cocktail

Winter Cocktail and lemon
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As the name suggests, this cocktail is meant to be enjoyed during the winter. Winter cocktail contains rum, ginger liqueur, pimento dram, lime juice, and granulated salt. Even though it’s the synonym of winter cocktails, I know from experience that not many people know about its existence. It’s time to change it!

Salted Caramel Martini

Salted Caramel Martini
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Another martini that I cannot walk away from is Salted Caramel Martini. It’s usually very sweet, which makes it a perfect dessert drink you can have after dinner. However, it can also serve as a mood booster if you feel sad due to the lack of light and cold temperatures.

Bloody Mary 

Bloody Mary
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You might think that Bloody Mary is only a good choice for Halloween, but have you ever tried it during a chilly night? The spicy ingredients with the vodka will warm you up and give you a lot of energy than any other drink on this list will! Give it a try, and I am sure you will love it!

Champagne Cocktail

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Another alcoholic beverage that comes straight to my mind when I think about the winter is Champagne. It’s mostly because I drink it on New Year’s Eve. However, Champagne Cocktail is a real deal and is delicious. To your Champagne add some sugar, angostura bitters, cognac or brandy, and lemon twist garnish. It’s that simple!

To Wrap Up

And there it is, a list of 40 amazing cocktail recipes that will help you go through the winter. Each recipe is unique and will be suitable for different occasions. If you want to know which is the best, the only way is to try them all!

Remember those recipes you can modify accordingly to your own taste. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun preparing them with your friends and family!

Which cocktail is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below, and as always, please share!

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