15 Best Cold Weather Cocktails

Warm Up With a Cozy Cocktail or Two

Serve hot

The Spruce Eats / Zorica Lakonic

When the weather gets cold, there are many great cocktails that will warm you right up. Some of the best recipes for winter days include brandy, rum, and whiskey, but not all of the drinks are served hot. While spiked coffee, tea, and cocoa drinks are comforting, even cold drinks can take the chill out of your bones, especially when they feature the tastes of the season.

  • 01 of 15

    Irish Coffee

    Original Irish Coffee Recipe

    The Spruce Eats

    When you want to spike your coffee, there's no better way than with a classic Irish coffee. It's an iconic drink that will long remain a favorite and it's actually much simpler than its reputation makes it seem. All you need is Irish whiskey, sugar, cream, and the richest, strongest coffee you can brew.

  • 02 of 15

    Hot Toddy

    Hot Toddy

    The Spruce Eats

    It's hard to 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 whatever you have on hand. Rum, whiskey, and brandy are commonly used, and the basic hot toddy is a perfect venue for your favorite winter tea. Add honey as a sweetener, give it a squeeze of lemon juice, and a truly fantastic drink is yours to enjoy.

  • 03 of 15

    Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary

    The Spruce Eats

    Watching the game on a snowy morning? The ultimate drink for such moments is the bloody Mary. It's 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.

  • 04 of 15

    Hot Buttered Rum

    Hot buttered rum with cinnamon stick.

     The Spruce Eats

    Sweet, spicy, and warm, it does not get much more relaxing than a ​hot buttered rum after a long winter day. It's the ultimate fireside cocktail and you can prepare the batter ahead of time to make it even easier when guests stop by.

    Continue to 5 of 15 below.
  • 05 of 15

    Rusty Nail

    Rusty Nail

    The Spruce Eats

    For a warm-up on the rocks, this scotch and Drambuie cocktail is an excellent choice. Despite being chilled, the rusty nail does a nice job of warming your blood with its smoky, honeyed, herbal flavor.

  • 06 of 15


    Classic B&B Brandy Cocktail

    The Spruce

    This B&B cocktail is smooth and subtle in its simplicity. Made of brandy and Benedictine, this classic cocktail deserves a good brandy. Served at room temperature in a snifter, it's a surprisingly cozy drink.

  • 07 of 15

    Classic Manhattan

    Classic Manhattan cocktail recipe

    ​The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    If you're looking for something in the realm of a martini that's ideal for cold days, the classic Manhattan is perfect. Make it with rye, bourbon or Canadian whiskey and pair it with your favorite sweet vermouth. Each style and brand of whiskey will give it a different nuance, so you can spend the entire winter exploring the options.

  • 08 of 15

    Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

    Spiked gingerbread hot chocolate recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

    What would winter be without a steaming cup of hot chocolate? Create your very own gingerbread syrup, then use it to make this gingerbread hot chocolate recipe. It's spiked with either spiced rum or ginger vodka and is absolutely delightful.

    Continue to 9 of 15 below.
  • 09 of 15

    Tom and Jerry

    Tom and Jerry Cocktail

    The Spruce Eats

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

  • 10 of 15

    Cinnamon Toasty

    Cinnamon Toasty Shot (aka Tomahawk Shooter)

     E+ / Getty Images

    The cinnamon toasty is a shot that is guaranteed to warm you up and it tastes great on the way down. The combination of cinnamon schnapps and amaretto is unbelievably smooth and satisfying. It can easily become a new favorite.

  • 11 of 15

    Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete Rye Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

     The Spruce Eats

    If you enjoy a white Russian but want something with a little more dimension, give the sneaky Pete a try. Rather than vodka, it pours a shot of rye whiskey, which gives the creamy coffee-flavored drink a warm, spiced background.

  • 12 of 15

    Snowball Shooter

    Snowball Shot With Brandy

    The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios

    This fun little snowball shooter mixes two favorite flavors of winter to create a tasty mint-chocolate shot. Brandy is the third ingredient and it's complemented by your favorite peppermint schnapps and chocolate liqueur.

    Continue to 13 of 15 below.
  • 13 of 15

    Hot Gin Toddy

    Hot Gin Toddy Cocktail
    The Spruce Eats / S&C Design Studios

    While most toddies prefer the dark spirits, the hot gin toddy offers an intoxicating array of aromatics. This steaming cocktail gives new life to a great gin's botanicals, simply enhancing them with hot water, lemon, and sugar.

  • 14 of 15

    Brandy Old-Fashioned

    Brandy Old-Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
    DAJ/Getty Images

    It's downright cold in Wisconsin during the winter! Drinkers in the state warm up in style with the brandy old-fashioned. One taste of this reimagined whiskey cocktail will show you why it's a local favorite.

  • 15 of 15

    Serbian Hot Brandy

    Serbian hot brandy recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Zorica Lakonic

    A holiday tradition in Serbia, vruca rakija is a potent libation worth trying anytime you want a warm, toasty drink. Serbian hot brandy features slivovitz (a plum brandy) heated with caramelized sugar and water. To keep it authentic, make a winter project out of creating your own plum brandy. The infusion should take about one month and is a great use for frozen plums.