5 Winter Cocktails to Warm the Soul

– By Michelle Ess –

WinterCocktailsAn icy wind is blowing against my balcony door, reminding me the air outside has dropped generously below zero. On evenings like these I usually want to curl up under a blanket with my kitty in one arm and a hot drink in another. But sometimes I crave something with a bit more kick to warm the blood, whether the drink is hot or cold. Here are 5 of my favorite cocktails to warm the soul on a chilly winter night.


Classic Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy
This classic cocktail will warm up any frigid evening. The Hot Toddy has even been used as a temporary remedy for cold symptoms. There are many versions of this traditional drink, including the addition of tea, apple cider or spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Have fun with this recipe however you  decide to make it.

1 ½ Ounces Whiskey, Brandy or Rum

1 Tablespoon Honey

3 whole cloves

1 Lemon Wedge

Boiling Water

Coffee Mug

Pour Whiskey, Brandy or Rum into mug. Add honey and cloves. Squeeze lemon into mug and drop in wedge. Pour boiling water into mixture. Let sit for 2-3 minutes and enjoy.


Blueberry Tea

Blueberry Tea
The blueberry in this cocktail comes from the aromas of Grand Marnier and Amaretto swirling together. Curl up by a fire and give this comfort drink a try.

1 Ounce Grand Marnier

1 Ounce Amaretto

Orange Pekoe Tea

Orange Wheel

Snifter Glass

Pour Grand Marnier and Amaretto into snifter. Fill two-thirds of snifter with orange pekoe tea. Stir, drop in orange wheel and let float to the top.



Specialty Coffee: B52
There are so many specialty coffees to enjoy (Irish coffee, Spanish coffee, Bailey’s coffee etc.), it’s hard to choose just one. But the B52 is a classic. Savor this hearty cocktail for dessert.

½ Ounce Kahlua

½ Ounce Grand Marnier

½ Bailey’s Irish Cream


Whipped Cream

Specialty Coffee Mug

Pour Kahula, Grand Marnier and Bailey’s Irish Cream into mug. Fill mug with coffee, up to 1 cm under the rim. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.


Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum
This creamy and comforting cocktail is a go-to after skiing, skating or playing in the snow. Cuddle up with a loved one and share this treat.

1 Slice Butter

1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar

Pinch Cinnamon

Pinch Nutmeg

2 Ounces Dark Rum

Boiling Water

Specialty Coffee Mug

Add butter, sugar and spices to mug and mix together. Pour in Dark Rum and boiling water. Stir and enjoy.



Sometimes you don’t need a hot drink to warm the bones. With it’s zesty citrus flavor, this vintage cocktail will do just that on its own.

½ Ounce Brandy

¾ Ounce Triple Sec

¾ Ounce Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

4 Ice Cubes

Lemon Zest


Shaker Tin

Cocktail Glass

Place the cocktail glass in the freezer. Drop ice in the shaker tin and fill with Brandy, Triple Sec and lemon juice. Shake for about 7-10 seconds. Remove cocktail glass from freezer and rim with lemon zest. Dip rim into sugar. Strain cocktail into glass and garnish with lemon zest.