27 winter cocktails
We've got winning winter cocktail recipes for you to try. Escape the cold with warming mulled wine, perky espresso martinis and indulgent white russians
Our winter cocktails range from kitsch classics like the snowball to boozy sloe sazeracs and festive eggnogs. We've also got plenty of warm winter cocktails to ward off the chill: treat yourself to the likes of Baileys hot chocolate, hot toddies and hot spiced cherry cup, as well as a gin cocktail for winter that riffs on a classic – mulled gin.
27 winter cocktail recipes
We’ve added creamy Baileys and aromatic cinnamon to create the most decadent festive hot chocolate going – anindulgent pick-me-up drink!
Get into the festive spirit with a mug of creamy eggnog latte, made with eggnog or Advocaat, milk, espresso and a pinch of nutmeg for dusting.
Curl up indoors with the ultimate Christmas hot chocolate, infused with festive flavours such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and finished with squirty cream or your favourite toppings.
Advocaat, a Dutch spirit made with eggs, sugar and brandy, is mixed with lemonade to make a sweet and easy-to-make festive tipple.
The ultimate winter warmer, take your hot chocolate skills further with this decadent white chocolate.
Warm up on chilly evenings with this hot toddy, a classic winter cocktail that combines whisky with honey, lemon and spices.
A great alternative to mulled wine – mix apple juice with gin and aromatic spices to make this warming mulled gin.
We’ve swapped dairy products for almond milk and coconut cream in this easy all-in-one vegan eggnog – a drink that’s perfect for festive parties.
This black Russian recipe from London's Bubala restaurant is as rich as it is creamy, thanks to the tangy date syrup. It’s the ultimate Christmas cocktail, which just happens to be vegan.
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 cosy.
Use your leftover red wine to jazz up hot chocolate over the festive season. This quick and easy mulled hot chocolate is the perfect way to warm up during the wintry months.
Warm those cockles with a heady concoction of ruby port, cinnamon, black peppercorns, bay leaves, cloves and rosemary – the perfect Christmas tipple.
How do you make a mug of homemade hot chocolate even better? Add booze, of course! Mezcal or very peaty scotch whisky lends a welcome kick, and there's chilli in there for a bit of heat, too.
Forget cider and wine – mulled beer is the thing to be drinking this year over the festive season. Our recipe has wintry flavours of cinnamon, cloves, star anise and clementine.
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.
The addition of rum to this winter 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.
Best winter cocktails
Make the most of your bottle of Baileys with this creamy vodka cocktail, the perfect at-home cocktail to indulge in during the colder months.
A warming, cold-weather cocktail made using homemade spiced brandy. Omit the spices for a classic sidecar cocktail, or try using bourbon if you can’t find cognac.
This decadent dessert cocktail features dark chocolate, gin and chocolate liqueur, making it perfect for a luxurious tipple at a winter dinner party.
A seriously punchy whisky cocktail perfect for slow sipping during the winter months.
Want a simple winter cocktail recipe? Impress friends and family over the festive season with our easy-drinking sherry sour.
Curl up at home and recreate Bonfire Night with this sweet and smoky bourbon cocktail from the brilliant team at London whisky bar Black Rock.
A seriously sophisticated cocktail, the original old fashioned calls for just four ingredients. It's a punchy, mature and super-classy option.
We love espresso martinis! One of the coolest cocktails around, this punchy little number blends hot espresso with vodka for ultimate effect.
Colder winter months call for the warming spices of chai. We’ve used it to make a twist on a classic white Russian, and tap into the trend for coffee cocktails.
A minty fresh mojito no longer seems appropriate at this time of year, and yet glass after glass of mulled wine can be a bit much. This winter-spiced pear cocktail bridges that gap perfectly – it’s light, but the warming spices of star anise and cinnamon and the silky texture from the egg white make it a great seasonal alternative.
We've revived and updated a classic dating back the the 17th century with our recipe for a chocolate porter flip. Serve this hot or cold.