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These hot alcoholic drinks and cocktails warm you from the inside out! Try hot buttered rum, mulled wine, spiked cider and more.

Hot alcoholic drinks, hot cocktails

When the air starts to get a certain chill…it’s cozy drink time! There’s nothing better than cozying up with a mug of something: and even better if it’s spiked! (Right?) A warm mug of booze is a strategy used for centuries to stay warm all winter long.

Here are all the best hot alcoholic drinks and cocktails to take the chill off! Try party classics like buttered rum, mulled wine and spiked cider, or simply drizzle a bit of peppermint schnapps into your hot chocolate. You choose!

And now…the top hot alcoholic drinks and cocktails!

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Outside of these warm alcoholic drinks, want some options for when you don’t need booze? Here are a few hot drinks to try:

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Mulled Wine

Hot Alcoholic Drinks: Mulled Wine & More!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 drinks 1x


This mulled wine recipe is easy and classic, starring a bold red, mulling spices, brandy and orange. The ideal hot alcoholic drink for a crowd!


  • 10 allspice berries
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise pods
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 750 ml bottle dry red wine*
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup brandy or Cognac
  • 1 small orange, for garnish


  1. Add the spices to the bottom of a pot. Toast over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant.
  2. Turn the heat to low. Add the water, then pour in the wine and maple syrup and stir. Warm for 30 minutes on low heat, just barely bubbling. Do not let the wine come to a full simmer (or the liquid will reduce too much).


*Double the recipe for a party: for the Slow Cooker and Instant Pot it’s nice to have the doubled quantities.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Hot alcoholic drinks, hot cocktails

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. heres a quick and easy hot drink for us cocoa lovers Two scoops of swiss miss, 1 shot glass of cream de cocoa, 16 ozs of hot water stir enjoy

    1. Hi!
      Both Recipes for Mulled Ciders look delicious. Question about recipe with wine and brandy – Does the alcohol cook away during the 30 minutes on low? Knowing my guests, I certainly wouldn’t want it to. :-)
      Thanks, Elaine