When it's wet and cold outside and going out to your local pub or bar seems like a trek, try one of our hot winter cocktails to keep warm at home.


If you're hosting a gathering, you can keep your guests going with something citrussy, like our spiced clementine mulled whisky, or use your slow cooker to make our slow-cooker mulled cider.

For more drinks ideas that are perfect for the colder months, try some of our top winter cocktails. And for chocolate lovers, check out our top hot chocolate recipes to help satisfy your sweet tooth.

1. Mulled wine

Three glasses of mulled wine

Our mulled wine is the perfect festive cocktail, as it can be made ahead of time before things get busy. To serve warm, heat on the hob (being careful not to let it boil) and serve in heatproof glasses. If you're more of a white wine drinker, try our mulled white wine. We also have a slow-cooker version that's just as delicious.

2. Hot toddy

two glasses of hot toddy

The combination of whisky, honey, lemon, cinnamon and cloves really packs a punch, which makes this hot toddy recipe perfect for winter. Not a whisky fan? Try our hot gin toddy for a warming alternative.

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3. Slow-cooker mulled cider


Get your slow cooker out and make this sweet and zesty slow-cooker mulled cider. Serve in a large heatproof bowl and let guests help themselves. We've also got a recipe for a festive mulled beer, made with golden ale, apple juice, brandy and warming spices.

4. Salted caramel & rum hot chocolate

glass of salted caramel and rum hot chocolate

This grown-up hot choc is made with dulce de leche, a thick caramel. Our salted caramel & rum hot chocolate makes a wonderful after-dinner treat for adults. For more chocolate tipples, check out our best boozy hot chocolates for an indulgent drink.

5. Spiced clementine mulled whisky

spiced clementine mulled whiskey

Make the most of this seasonal citrus fruit by stirring up a batch of our spiced clementine mulled whisky that's perfect for those winter nights when you've just come in from the cold.

6. Hot buttered rum

two glasses of hot buttered rum

Try rounding off dinner with some hot buttered rum. Sweet and gently spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, it's a wonderfully warming drink to curl up on the sofa with this winter. Or, try our hot spiced buttered rum flavoured with orange and star anise.

7. Spiced apple syrup with clementine & cloves

spiced apple syrup with clemeitne and cloves

Make a batch of this spiced apple syrup with clementine & cloves, then mix with hot apple juice or wine for a burst of Christmas flavour. You could even drizzle it over ice cream for a quick dessert.

8. Mulled pear & cranberry punch

two glasses of mulled pear and cranberry punch

For a hot winter cocktail that makes the most of seasonal fruits, try this mulled pear & cranberry punch. Combine hot pear cider with apple and cranberry juice, plus sloe gin and cinnamon for a warming drink you'll return to again and again.

9. Chocolate caliente


Thick and smooth, this chocolate caliente is flavoured with cinnamon, vanilla, orange and lemon peel, and topped with whipped cream. Try more of our ultimate hot chocolate recipes.

10. Nutmeg & orange Christmas coffee

Nutmeg & orange Christmas coffee

For coffee lovers, our nutmeg & orange Christmas coffee is a brilliant after-dinner drink on the big day, or one to wake up to on Christmas morning. Discover more of our classic coffee and coffee cocktail recipes that'll keep you going all year round.

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