Come out from under that pile of blankets and mix yourself a drink. 

Caitlin Petreycik
November 29, 2018

If you're the type of person who not only has an office sweater but an office blanket, or who dreads the 30-second morning trek from your warm bed to a hot shower, or who has nobly suffered the restriction of wearing leggings under jeans, you probably appreciate a hot drink (if only to warm your ice-cold fingers). A hot boozy drink? Even better. That's why we've rounded up 10 reader-favorite, warm-you-up cocktail recipes to memorize this winter, from whiskey-spiked hot chocolate and mulled wine to classic 19-century eggnog. Put on the kettle, and let's get started. 

How to make mulled wine, our best tips. photo: ChamilleWhite/Getty Images

Apple-Brandy Hot Toddies

A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any potent spirit added to a cup of hot water. At Paley's Place in Portland, Oregon, bartender Suzanne Bozarth puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados. It's warming and tastes just like fall.

Rob Howard

 

A hot toddy is basically a shot or two of any potent spirit added to a cup of hot water. At Paley's Place in Portland, Oregon, bartender Suzanne Bozarth puts a French spin on this warming drink with a slug of apple brandy, such as Calvados. 

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Double-Chocolate Hot Chocolate

 

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito of Brooklyn bake shop Baked firmly believe that homemade hot chocolate is superior to any commercial mix. They make their decadent version with both bittersweet and milk chocolate and then top it with homemade marshmallows (and a shot of Jack Daniels). 

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Tom & Jerry 

 

“It may seem like a bit of a nuisance to make such a labor-intensive drink,” says John Gertsen of this classic 19th-century eggnog. “But at the end of a long shift there’s nothing better than a nice, hot Tom & Jerry.”

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Hot Spiced Wine 

Greg DuPree

 

Red wine and kirsch (a brandy made from cherries) are the base for this delicious seasonal drink, which is laced with citrus and warming spices like cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper.

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Smuggler's Coffee 

 

This double rum coffee is deliciously flavored with cinnamon and orange zest.

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Medford Warmer 

 

Jon Santer of Oakland's Prizefighter bar grew up near Medford, Massachusetts, which once produced much of the rum in the United States. “When I think about rum drinks I think about New England fall flavors like apples and mulling spices,” he says about this hot toddy. 

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Hot Buttered Lemon

 

Distiller Sebastian Reaburn loves lemon and butter together ("they're yummy and rich"), and this drink is one of his favorite incarnations of the pairing. "It's like a hot buttered rum mixed with a lemon tart. The citrus pieces get softened by the heat and mellowed by the sugar and butter; they're delicious to nibble on at the end of the drink."

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Gaelic Punch

At your next dinner party, consider serving your guests a warming, hot punch to celebrate the newly chilly weather. For hot punches, young Irish whiskeys work best. Heat intensifies the tannic edge of older whiskeys; young ones stay smooth. Here, nutmeg and clove make this punch especially festive and seasonal.

Tina Rupp

 

For hot punches, young Irish whiskeys work best. Heat intensifies the tannic edge of older whiskeys; young ones stay smooth. 

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Hot Mulled Cider

 

Chef Ken Oringer of Toro in New York and Boston preheats the Thermos he uses to transport his deliciously spiced cider by filling it with boiling water and letting it sit for a few minutes. Pouring the mulled cider into a Thermos that's already warm helps keep the drink hot.

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Whiskey Chai

 

For this warm, boozy nightcap, feel free to use a blend of whole spices or go out and buy a chai spice mix. 

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