Top 10 Hot Winter Drinks

Warm Up This Winter with’s Top 10 Hot Winter Drinks Recipes

test out drinks fireplaceEven though the nights are getting longer, we are just getting a taste of Winter here in Delaware and it’s almost a New Year!

If you’re a new home owner, welcome to your first Delaware winter! Take this time to cozy up and get to know your new Delaware home. Turn on your fireplace, curl up with your loved one and some candles or invite your neighbors over for a meet and greet. Set the mood and get the conversation started  by offering one of these 10 Top Hot Drinks/Toddys from “We enjoy skiing and ice skating, but our favorite cold-weather activity, hands down, is mixing up a round of hot cocktails,” so say the writers. “While a snifter of cognac or a dram of Scotch can certainly make you feel warmer, nothing is as comforting as a steaming mug of a delicious and boozy concoction.”

The Master mixologists have included recipes for the Original Hot Toddy, the Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee, Autumn Wassail, the Hornitos Hot Shotty, Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch, Hot Buttered Rum, Grand Coffee, Glögg, Last-Minute Mulled Wine and the Heated Affair

The Original Hot Toddy

This drink is arguably the most famous hot cocktail of all time—not to mention our favorite remedy for a cold—and it’s super simple to make. The original Hot Toddy (also called the Whisky Skin) doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients, just a mix of boiling water, sugar, lemon and whiskey – yes, Scotch, Irish whiskey, bourbon or rye. Get the Recipe at

The Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee

Top mixologist Jack McGarry of New York bar The Dead Rabbit, is the favorite. The secret is a bit of Demerara sugar syrup and hand-whipped cream. Get the Recipe at

Autumn Wassail

Whip up this spirited fall drink that features apple cider, pomegranate, cognac and a bit of rum that can be served hot or cold. Get the Recipe at

The Hornitos Hot Shotty

End your day with this boozy take on Mexican hot chocolate. Add añejo tequila to steaming chocolaty goodness and top it off with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chili powder. Get the Recipe at

Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch

Make a big bowl of this warm punch that combines Hendrick’s Gin, Madeira wine, fruits and spices and invite a houseful of guests. It will keep you warm and happy all night long! Get the Recipe at

Hot Buttered Rum

The best part about Hot Buttered Rum is that once you make a batch of the batter—which contains butter, of course, plus ice cream and spices, and can last you all winter—it’s a snap to fix a drink. Get the Recipe at

Grand Coffee

Adding a little liquor to a cup of coffee is perfect for a frigid evening and can be made in a jiffy. It calls for a bit of the orange-and-cognac liqueur Grand Marnier and a few ounces of coffee. Sweeten the mixture with some brown sugar syrup and whipped cream. Get the Recipe at


If anybody knows about surviving winter, it’s the Scandinavians. So try the classic Nordic Glögg, made with dry red wine, port and vodka with spices, sugar, raisins, oranges and figs. Get the Recipe at

Last-Minute Mulled Wine

This time of year, friends and family have a habit of just dropping in at unexpected times, so be sure to keep this recipe from top barman and advisory board member H. Joseph Ehrmann handy! Get the Recipe at

Heated Affair

All-star bartender and advisory board member Jacques Bezuidenhout’s aptly named toddy is the Heated Affair. The complex cold-weather drink mixes tequila with hot spiced apple cider and tops it off with some rich cream, freshly grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Get the Recipe at

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