Looking for warming drinks? We've got plenty of recipes to try including Baileys hot chocolate, vegan eggnog and mulled gin.


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Baileys hot chocolate

If you thought hot chocolate couldn't get any better, think again – add creamy Baileys and aromatic cinnamon to create the most decadent festive drink.

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Orange hot chocolate

This rich and creamy hot chocolate comes with zingy notes of orange and intensity from dark chocolate. Add an extra layer of luxury if you like with a tot of spiced rum.

Two mugs of hot chocolate, next to a jug fo milk and shots of spiced rum

Hot toddy

Warm up with a hot toddy. This classic winter cocktail combines whisky with honey, lemon and spices. We’ve used traditional whisky here (single malt will really elevate the drink) but any dark spirit works well – try swapping it for bourbon, dark rum, cognac or calvados, or add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters.

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Mulled wine

Mulled wine is a Christmas party classic, and our homemade version is pepped up with a splash of brandy.

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The addition of rum to this Christmas market classic works really well – we've added some here to compensate for the evaporation of alcohol during cooking, but it’s not essential, if you prefer your drinks a little less punchy.

Glühwein in glasses served on a tray

Luxury hot chocolate station

Set up a hot chocolate station with all the toppings, then let people help themselves to create their own take on the ultimate hot chocolate.

Luxury Hot Chocolate Recipe

Karak chai

Karak chai – a strong Indian tea with warming spices – is lovely first thing in the morning or enjoyed with a biscuit for afternoon tea.

Two mugs of karak chai on a plate with cinnamon sticks and a bowl of cardamom pods

Mulled port

Warm those cockles with a heady concoction of ruby port, cinnamon, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary – the perfect Christmas tipple.

Two glasses of mulled port with sprig of rosemary inside

Hot spiced cherry cup

The perfect pick-me-up on a chilly winter night, this spiced cocktail blends red wine with cherry brandy, plenty of fresh spices and citrus. Best served warm and garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Two glass mugs filled with a cherry cup and an orange slice

Chai latte

Infuse black tea and almond milk with fragrant spices for a dairy-free twist on this Indian-inspired drink.

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Mulled tea punch

This is a take on kinderpunsch, a non-alcoholic German drink served as an alternative to glühwein. Make it for an easy, booze-free drink over the festive season.

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Mulled tea punch

Boozy hot chocolate

How do you make a mug of homemade hot chocolate even better? Add booze, of course! Mezcal or very peaty scotch whisky lend a welcome kick, and there's chilli in there for a bit of heat, too.

Smoky Hot Chocolate Recipe


Marrying coffee and hot chocolate, mochas are ideal if you're craving something sweet, warming and comforting, but want a kick of caffeine, too.

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Mulled beer

Forget cider and wine, mulled beer is the thing to be drinking this year over the festive season – our recipe has Christmas flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.

Mulled Beer Recipe


Put a rosy glow in your cheeks with this classic winter cocktail, made with egg yolks, sugar, cream, sherry, rum and plenty of fresh nutmeg.

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Mulled hot chocolate

Use up left-over red wine to jazz up your hot chocolate over the festive season. This quick and easy mulled hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up during the winter months.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate Recipe

Mulled gin

We've paired apple juice with gin and aromatic spices for a warming festive tipple – a great alternative to mulled wine.

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Vegan hot chocolate

This dairy-free hot chocolate is silky, sweet and topped with whipped plant-based cream – use oat or almond milk alternatives in this warming drink.

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Mulled white wine

Move over red, mulled white wine with a splash of dry cider is here and its comforting winter spices are guaranteed to leave you feeling festive and merry.

Mulled white wine cocktail

Pumpkin spice latte

Follow expert barista Celeste Wong's step-by-step guide to making the perfect version of this comforting, autumnal coffee

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Nutella hot chocolate

Swap cocoa powder for Nutella in this twist on hot chocolate, then top with cream for added luxury.

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Gingerbread latte

Follow expert barista Celeste Wong's step-by-step guide to making the perfect version of this classic winter coffee, including how to make your own gingerbread syrup.

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Irish coffee

Try experimenting with this decadent, boozy coffee using different spirits such as bourbon, cognac, dark rum or amaretto. It's a great way to round off a dinner party, or can also be incorporated in desserts.

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Calypso coffee

Easy to whip up after a long winter walk, strong coffee is spiked with coffee liqueur and rum before being topped with a snow-white layer of cream.

A ribbed glass of coffee with white cream on the top, garnished with two coffee beans next to a wooden bowl of coffee beans


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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