From a steaming glass of traditional mulled wine, brimming with spices, to an indulgent mudslide cocktail, our winter drinks recipes are perfect for seeing in the festive season. Curl up in your fluffiest jumper with a creamy peppermint hot chocolate, or get the party started with a batch of our marvellous mulled gin.


Keep everyone's glasses topped up with our favourite festive drinks and mouth-watering non-alcoholic drinks for every taste. Find top mixology tips, reviews of our favourite products and even more triple-tested recipes in our cocktails & drinks hub.

1. Spiced apple syrup with clementine & cloves


Our spiced apple syrup with clementine & cloves will add a burst of fabulous Christmas flavour to any drink. Try adding to hot apple juice or mulled wine for festive fruit and spice. It's even delicious drizzled over ice cream for an upgraded frozen treat. It will keep for about a month, so store it in the fridge ready for impromptu gatherings.

2. Mulled wine cocktail


Winter wouldn't feel the same without a warm mug of mulled wine, maybe with a splash of sloe gin for sweetness. But if you want to take that comforting cup of mulled wine and turn it into a fancier cocktail for your winter get-togethers, try our make-ahead mulled wine cocktail.

Check out our 10 mulled wine recipes with a twist.

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3. Winter whisky sour


Warm up from the inside out with our simple winter whiskey sour. Give the classic sour a couple of delicious tweaks and it's ready for the festive season. Add a splash of orange juice to your favourite bourbon, a little sugar syrup and some fresh fruit. Need more help getting into the spirit?

Try our best ever whisky cocktail recipes.

4. Gingerbread hot chocolate

Mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and crumbled gingerbread

Elevate your hot chocolate game with this festive version infused with zesty orange, warm ginger, spicy cloves, and cinnamon. To take it to the next level, don't forget to crown it with a cloud of luscious whipped cream and top with crumbled gingerbread for extra spice.

Got something of a sweet tooth? Try our top hot chocolate recipes, from hazelnut cream to salted caramel.

5. Mince pie rum

Bottle and glass of mince pie rum

Let someone know you care with a homemade holiday drink that can be prepared ahead and keeps well for up to six months. It's perfect for spicing a hot toddy or adding winter warmth to punch. Why not try it instead of spiced rum in our cinnamon butter rum recipe to bring an extra-Christmassy flavour?

Whether you prefer white or dark, spiced or smooth, we have a rum cocktail recipe to get your party started.

6. Mulled pear & cranberry punch

Two glasses of mulled pear and cranberry punch

Our versatile mulled pear & cranberry punch can be served as a cocktail or a non-boozy version, simply miss out the sloe gin. The beauty of this all-in-one recipe means you can simply chuck your ingredients in a pan, leave to heat, then ladle out as needed. It takes just 10 minutes to make, so no need to sweat it out in the kitchen.

7. Mudslide

Two glasses of mudslide with chocolate rims

This creamy, coffee-flavoured cocktail is for adults only. Our mudslide is pure decadence, something to be savoured and sipped at your leisure.

8. Winter Pimm's punch

Glass of winter pimm's punch with orange and apple slices inside

This archetypal English tipple isn't just for summer. Our winter Pimm's punch is paired with sweet brandy and light apple juice for an instant winter winner. You'll probably have most of the ingredients already lurking in kitchen cupboard. It can be served warm or cool.

9. Gingerbread gin

Two bottles of gingerbread gin

Want a twist on traditional holiday cocktails? Make way for our latest Yuletide obsession: gin with the warming embrace of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, fragrant cardamom and a touch of sugar. What could be more festive?

For those who prefer a more subtle flavour, why not try our mulled gin? It's a delicate infusion of apple juice, aromatic spices like bay leaves, cloves, cardamom, juniper berries, and a hint of honey to impart delicate sweetness.

Discover how to make more gin infusions with our flavoured gin recipes.

10. Eggnogg

Two round bottom glasses of eggnogg

Welcome guests to a party with our simple eggnog recipe. This traditional Christmas drink, crafted with just five key ingredients, including rich egg yolks and a touch of brandy, will bring a touch of holiday nostalgia to your gathering. A single batch serves a group of 4-6 people. The best part is that it can be whipped up in just 10 minutes, making it the ultimate crowd-pleaser for your seasonal celebration.

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