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Hot Christmas Drink Recipes

Karen Frazier
hot cranberry apply cider

With the winter chill that occurs around the Christmas holidays, finding recipes for hot drinks with a holiday theme can help to keep the season warm and bright. These recipes for hot Christmas drinks will warm your insides as you enjoy the warmth and joy of the hoiday season.

Boozy Hot Christmas Drinks

Adults who are old enough to imbibe might enjoy something with a kick for the holidays.

After-Ski Wine

This drink gets its name because it's the perfect drink to have after a tough day on the slopes. It will warm you up quickly, but be careful since it is strong. This recipe makes four servings.

after-ski wine


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 bottle of any type of red wine


  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick.
  2. Heat the mixture until boiling and then turn it down to simmer.
  3. Squeeze the orange over the pot to capture the juice.
  4. Put the orange's peel and the cloves in the liquid.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for 1/2 hour. It should thicken.
  6. Add the entire bottle of wine and heat the mixture until it begins to steam.
  7. Ladle the drink into mugs and serve.

Warm and Fuzzy

Experience the coziness of the season with coffee and sweet almond flavors. This recipe makes one serving.

warm and fuzzy


  • 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce almond liqueur, such as Frangelico
  • 1 serving coffee (any flavor)


  1. Brew the coffee and add to a mug, filling it three quarters of the way.
  2. Pour in the remaining two ingredients.
  3. Top with whipped topping and a dash of nutmeg.


Mix up a batch of hot wassail, the classic Christmas hot cocktail. It makes about 12 8-ounce servings.


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 750 mL bottle of sweet Madeira wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Armagnac
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 star anise


  1. In a large slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Stir to mix.
  2. Cover and cook on low, stirring occasionally, for four hours.
  3. Reduce the heat to keep warm. Keep covered and serve as needed.

Tom and Jerry

If sweet is not your thing, this savory drink should do the trick. Note that it does contain a raw egg. This recipe makes one serving.

Tom and Jerry


  • 1 egg, any size (organic preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon raw sugar
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce brandy


  1. Separate the egg and beat the egg yolk and the white in separate bowls.
  2. Combine them together and pour the mixture into an eight ounce mug.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Fill the mug with boiling water.
  5. Stir vigorously.

Hot Coffee Caramel

If you love coffee, then this warming drink is the ideal bittersweet drink for the holidays. The hot coffee caramel recipe calls for coffee, caramel, and whipped cream.

Hot Apple-Cinnamon Cider

Looking for a hot apple cider recipe that's filled with boozy goodness? This hot apple-cinnamon cider has flavors of holiday spices, and you can mix up a large batch in the slow cooker.

Mugs of hot apple cider


  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon whiskey, such as fireball
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish


  1. In a large slow-cooker, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cover and bring to simmer on low.
  3. Simmer for four hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce the heat to keep warm and serve as needed. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is warmed wine and spices that's a popular holiday drink in a number of cultures. This mulled wine recipe calls for red wine, brown sugar, and various mulling spices such as cinnamons sticks and star anise.

Hot Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie isn't just for dessert; you'll enjoy this delicious recipe that makes 4 servings.

Hot pumpkin pie cocktail


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup RumChata
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • Fresh grated nutmeg for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk, pumpkin puree, light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and RumChata on medium-low, stirring with a whisk.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce and simmer for five minutes, whisking.
  3. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum is so delicious, and it's easy to make. This hot buttered rum recipe calls for a vanilla ice cream mixture that you can make ahead and freeze, and then use a little at a time to have a sweet, buttery cocktail at the ready throughout the holiday season.

Non-Alcoholic Warm Drinks for the Holidays

These drinks can be shared by guests of any age.

Hot Cranberry Apple Cider

This drink has a delicious fruit taste with a bit of a bite. It's nonalcoholic, so the entire family can enjoy it. If you want a more involved option, try a nonalcoholic Wassail recipe. The recipe below makes six servings.


  • 3 quarts apple cider
  • 1 quart cranberry juice
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. In a large pot, combine all the ingredients.
  2. Place the pot on the stove and heat until boiling.
  3. After the mixture has been boiling for five minutes, reduce the heat to simmer.
  4. Let the drink simmer for 1/2 hour.
  5. Serve the beverage by ladling the hot mixture into mugs.

White Hot Chocolate

Rich, spicy and chocolaty. You really can't ask for more in a holiday drink. You'll get about four servings out of this recipe.

White hot chocolate


  • 3 cups light cream, divided
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Whipped cream, optional


  1. Put half the cream, the chocolate chips, and the nutmeg in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer and stir on low heat until the chips melt.
  3. Add the leftover cream.
  4. Simmer and stir again.
  5. Take the pan off the heat and add in the extracts.
  6. Pour the mixture into mugs, garnishing with cinnamon and whipped cream, if desired.

Peppermint Cocoa

It's like a peppermint patty in a cup. Yum! This recipe has about four servings.

peppermint cocoa


  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 quart milk
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup crushed mint candy canes


  1. Heat cocoa powder and milk in a saucepan on medium heat.
  2. Gradually stir in chocolate chips and mint pieces.
  3. Simmer until peppermint dissolves, stirring occasionally, for approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Increase heat to a boil for 30 seconds.
  5. Remove from heat and serve in mugs.

A Few More Christmas Drink Suggestions

No party is complete without quintessential Christmas drinks like beer, wine, and eggnog. You can simply pick these up at the store; no bartending prowess required.

Hot Christmas Drink Recipes