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Best winter cocktail recipes

Escape the cold with our best winter cocktails, from warming drinks like mulled wine, to classic cocktails including espresso martinis and white Russians

Looking for the best winter cocktails or easy cocktail recipes? Try our ideas below, and check out our best vodka cocktails, whisky cocktails, gin cocktails and American cocktails for even more fantastic drinks. For a festive twist, see our best Christmas cocktails.


Best warm winter cocktails

Baileys hot chocolate

We’ve added creamy Baileys and aromatic cinnamon to create the most decadent festive hot chocolate going – anindulgent pick-me-up drink!


Advocaat, a Dutch spirit made with eggs, sugar and brandy, is mixed with lemonade to make a sweet and easy-to-make festive tipple.

Hot toddy

Warm up on chilly evenings with this hot toddy, a classic winter cocktail that combines whisky with honey, lemon and spices.

Mulled gin

A great alternative to mulled wine – mix apple juice with gin and aromatic spices to make this warming mulled gin.

Vegan eggnog

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.

Vegan black russian

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.

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 cosy.

Mulled hot chocolate

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.

Mulled port

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

Smoky 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 lends a welcome kick, and there’s chilli in there for a bit of heat, too.

Mulled beer

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.

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.


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.

Baileys cocktail

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.

Two Baileys cocktails topped with chocolate shavings

Spiced sidecar

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.

Chocolate martini

This decadent dessert cocktail features dark chocolate, gin and chocolate liqueur, making it perfect for a luxurious tipple at a winter dinner party.

Chocolate martini in a glass with a cocktail shaker at the side

Sloe sazerac

A seriously punchy whisky cocktail perfect for slow sipping during the winter months.

Sherry sour

Want a simple winter cocktail recipe? Impress friends and family over the festive season with our easy-drinking sherry sour.

Campfire cocktail

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.

Old fashioned cocktail

A seriously sophisticated cocktail, the original old fashioned calls for just four ingredients. It’s a punchy, mature and super-classy option.

Espresso martini

We love espresso martinis! One of the coolest cocktails around, this punchy little number blends hot espresso with vodka for ultimate effect.

Chai white Russian

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.

Winter-spiced pear cocktail

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.

Chocolate porter flip

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.