My Favorite Hot Beverages For the Holiday Season.

Hot Beverages For the Holiday Season

The holidays are here and (even in Charleston) the temps are chilly and I don’t know about you but I am 100% craving warm and cozy drinks! On a bitterly cold day there’s nothing better than a warming drink. In olden days I’d be at The Wren drinking their spiked cider, or at Bemelman’s, asking for a Hot Toddy but here we are… staying home and being cozy. So today I wanted to round up a few of my favorite hot beverages that are just perfect for the holiday season… while we aren’t throwing a holiday party this year these hot drinks are going to make you want to cuddle up, light a fire, and put on a movie marathon!

Hot Beverages For The Holiday Season

Hot Beverages For the Holiday Season
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Spiked Hot Cocoa

For extra credit, give it a salted caramel rim… or grind up candy canes/peppermints to make a peppermint rim. OR, make a rim using gingerbread or cinnamon sugar. This gingerbread hot cocoa sounds so good. White hot chocolate is great, too. I like to spike my hot chocolate with Bailey’s, Peppermint Schnapps or whiskey!

Hot Beverages For the Holiday Season
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Chai Tea with Bourbon

OMG how good does this recipe sound? You don’t have to add bourbon but why wouldn’t you? I love the flavor of chai tea, and it pairs so perfectly with bourbon. And it’s so pretty garnished with a cinnamon stick or star anise. If you don’t feel like it’s sweet enough, add a little maple syrup.

Hot Beverages For the Holiday Season

Mulled Wine

Oh do I love spiced wine. This time of year I always really miss The Spotted Pig in New York. They had the BEST mulled wine ever. It was so good. The Spotted Pig has since closed their doors (so sad) but luckily, their mulled wine recipe lives on!

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

I always thought making a hot toddy would be difficult but I swear to you, it’s SO easy… and also (don’t take this as medical advice!) a great way to relieve a sore throat or allergies. I love a good hot toddy (the above photo was taken at The One Hotel in DUMBO) and have my own recipe right this way!

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

This is a classic winter drink and oh is it delicious! There are tons of recipes out there but my personal favorite is from the NY Times. The tradition would suggest brown sugar but you can also do it with maple syrup. Make the drink sweeter or spicier depending on what you like best. Yum, yum, yum.

Boozy Apple Cider

Boozy Apple Cider

Oh how I love making this delicious mulled cider! The only thing better than hot apple cider is hot boozy apple cider! This is one of my all time favorite recipes. It’s extremely easy to make but always impressive. An absolute favorite in my cocktail recipe arsenal.

Eggnog

Eggnog

OK this is not warm but I needed to include it! My grandfather’s eggnog drink recipe is one of my most popular posts every holiday season and it’s just SO GOOD. This recipe is more of a dessert to be honest, but it’s so special and so delicious. Definitely don’t drink it warm… but… YUM. I promise it’s worth the extra work!

Tips for making hot beverages for the holiday season!

  • Remember that you can substitute milk for other kinds of milk (almond, soy… I really like to use coconut milk!)
  • If you are hosting a few people, you can use a slow cooker to keep beverages warm!
  • Use a candy cane (or honey!) stirrer to add flavor and a fun little touch.
  • Whiskey works for mostly all hot drinks (and I’m not even usually a whiskey drinker!) BUT Peppermint Schnapps isn’t so bad either!
  • Don’t forget whipped cream. When we are making Christmas drinks! Whipped cream makes things feel extra decadent and fancy.

PS – My favorite aperitif, how to make the perfect Negroni, and my Christmas martini recipe!

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  1. Oh my gosh, these look amazing, especially the hot cocoa! I need to make it right now! 🙂

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  2. Lisa Autumn says 12.19.20

    OMG I want all of them!

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  3. Maggie says 12.19.20

    For the past few months I was having a few girlfriends over to watching The Bachelorette in my backyard, socially distanced style. I live in southern CA, so while it doesn’t REALLY get cold (although I’m a bit inland, so the overnight lows have been consistently in the mid-30’s), I’ve been reaching for warm boozy drinks. Thankfully I live near Trader Joe’s and they’ve got great non-alcoholic options that have been really convenient. We’ve been alternating between spiced cider with rum or whisky and winter wassail with Pinot Noir. On weekdays sometimes I just heat up some cider (keeping it “virgin” for the workdays) and drink it instead of my usual morning tea.