When the weather outside is frightful, you need something warm in your cup. We love enjoying hot drinks on a cold winter’s eve. They’re not always alcoholic—but they certainly can be. Try some of our favorite hot drink recipes to warm yourself from the inside out
Hot drinks & cocktails
Mexican Hot Chocolate
A generous tablespoon of cinnamon gives this rich Mexican hot chocolate recipe its pleasant warmth, while a pinch of cayenne adds a surprising—but welcome—touch of heat. To make this at home, start with whole chocolate bars. Use your favorite dark chocolate (at least 70% cacao—and bonus if it also contains any of the spices in the recipe!). Serve this up at a holiday brunch, or a simply enjoy it on a cold afternoon.
At its most basic, a hot toddy contains only hot water, lemon, honey, and booze. Some consider it a remedy for the common cold because of the combination of heat, citrus, and sweetness. Our favorite hot toddy recipe gets a spicy kick from added cinnamon.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot buttered rum is a classic cocktail. This simple drink is a mix of rum, butter, spices, a sweetener, and hot water. From there, the recipe is customizable. Our recipe uses dark rum and brown sugar to complement the warm spice flavors, but feel free to switch things up. Try substituting your favorite sweetener, like honey or agave, or other baking spices like nutmeg or allspice.
Easy Apple Cider
Our warm apple cider recipe only has four ingredients. It’s delicious as it is, but if you’re hoping for something a little stronger, you can spike it with your favorite spirit. This is a great way to use any leftover apples from apple-picking season.
This warming drink is spiked with spices and simmered until it’s deliciously fragrant. If you’re concerned about any alcohol boiling off, follow Chef Tim Kemp’s advice and add in some brandy while your beverage is brewing. Grab a bottle of wine from the Blue Apron Market to get started.
Don’t forget to pair your drinks with a cookie plate.