10 Best Cold Weather Cocktails

Baby, it's cold outside and you want a great cocktail to help you warm up! This list includes some of the best drinks for doing just that.

Many whiskey, brandy, and rum cocktails are great choices for cold winter days. Some of these are served warm while others simply have the taste and feel of warmth and comfort.

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    Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee by fireside.

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    This is one of the iconic ways to enhance (and spike) your coffee and it will long remain one of the favorites. The classic Irish Coffee is simple: Irish Whiskey, sugar, cream and the richest, strongest coffee you can make. It will warm you up and rejuvenate your senses, unlike any other steaming mug can.

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    Hot Toddy

    Classic Hot Toddy Recipe

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    How can you beat a Hot Toddy on a cold day? This is a drink that you can take in any direction you like to fit your mood, taste or what you happen to have on hand. Rum, whiskey, and brandy are commonly used, but if you have not allowed heat to enliven the botanicals of a good gin before, you are missing out because a Gin Toddy is a wonderful thing. Then there is the tea, which can be any style you enjoy and take the toddy in an entirely new direction.

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    Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary

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    The ultimate drink for chilly mornings and watching the big game, the Bloody Mary is an ingenious creation that also comes in many varieties. You can make it as spicy as you like, mix in a different juice like Clamato or switch out the vodka for another spirit.

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    Hot Buttered Rum

    Hot Buttered Rum

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    Here we have the best fireside cocktail you will find. Sweet, spicy and warm, it does not get much more relaxing than a ​Hot Buttered Rum after a long winter day. Here's the best part: you can make the batter ahead of time to make it even easier.

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    Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail

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    For a warm up on the rocks, this Scotch and Drambuie cocktail is an excellent idea. Despite being chilled, the Rusty Nail does a nice job of warming your blood with its smoky, honeyed, herbal combination.

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    B&B Cocktail

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    This B & B cocktail is smooth and subtle. Choose a quality brandy for this drink as it can make or break the classic cocktail. It is one of the coziest of drinks, simply made of brandy and Benedictine, and is served at room temperature so you can hold the snifter without getting a chill.

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    Classic Manhattan

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    If you are looking for something in the realm of a Martini that is ideal for cold days, the classic Manhattan would have to be it. Make this with rye, bourbon or Canadian whiskeys — choosing only premium brands — or try out another style of whiskey in the drinks below.

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    Tom and Jerry

    Classic Tom and Jerry Holiday Cocktail

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    Tom and Jerry is a favorite for the holidays and there are still a few old-fashioned bars that will serve this up for patrons on special occasions. It is best described as warm eggnog with both brandy and rum. It is a fantastic classic.

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    Toastie or Tomahawk Shot

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    The Tomahawk is a shot that is guaranteed to warm up your blood and taste great as well. The combination of cinnamon schnapps and amaretto is unbelievably smooth and satisfying and it is the one shot that you won’t be able to turn down.

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    Snowball (shooter)

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    On the other side of the flavor spectrum, this fun little Snowball (shooter) mixes two favorite flavors of winter to create a mint-chocolate shot. Brandy is the third ingredient and you can use your favorite peppermint schnapps and chocolate liqueur to complement it.