24 warming drinks
Keep toasty with our favourite warming drinks, including hot chocolate, mulled wine, boozy coffee and more
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.
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.
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 is a Christmas party classic, and our homemade version is pepped up with a splash of brandy.
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.
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.
Karak chai – a strong Indian tea with warming spices – is lovely first thing in the morning or enjoyed with a biscuit for afternoon tea.
Warm those cockles with a heady concoction of ruby port, cinnamon, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary – the perfect Christmas tipple.
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.
Infuse black tea and almond milk with fragrant spices for a dairy-free twist on this Indian-inspired drink.
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.
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.
Marrying coffee and hot chocolate, mochas are ideal if you're craving something sweet, warming and comforting, but want a kick of caffeine, too.
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.
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.
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.
We've paired apple juice with gin and aromatic spices for a warming festive tipple – a great alternative to mulled wine.
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.
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.
Follow expert barista Celeste Wong's step-by-step guide to making the perfect version of this comforting, autumnal coffee
Swap cocoa powder for Nutella in this twist on hot chocolate, then top with cream for added luxury.
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.
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.
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.