17 Hot Christmas Drink Recipes to Warm Up the Holidays

Beat the chill and spread the cheer with these cozy hot holiday cocktails.

Updated November 16, 2020
Older female hands holding a glass mug with hot mulled wine

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

12 Recipes for Hot Christmas Drinks - Alcoholic

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

1. 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 half an 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.

2. Warm and Fuzzy

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

warm and fuzzy


  • 8 ounces freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 1 ounce Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 ounce nut-flavored liqueur, such as Frangelico
  • Whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg for garnish


  1. Add the hot, freshly brewed coffee to a mug.
  2. Stir in the Baileys and Frangelico.
  3. Top with whipped topping and a dash of nutmeg.

3. Wassail

Mix up a batch of hot wassail, the classic Christmas hot cocktail. It makes about 12 8-ounce servings. You can also make a non-alcoholic wassail.

Wassail cocktail


  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 750 mL bottle of sweet Madeira wine
  • 1½ 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.

4. Tom and Jerry

If sweet is not your thing, the savory Tom and Jerry 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
  • 8 ounces boiling water


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

5. 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. It makes about 5 servings.

Mugs of hot apple cider



  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.

6. 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
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup RumChata
  • Whipped cream for garnish
  • Freshly 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.

7. Warm Cinnamon Roll Cocktail

There's nothing like a gooey cinnamon roll for Christmas breakfast, but you can also enjoy it in the form of a warm cocktail. This recipe makes one serving.

Warm Cinnamon Roll Cocktail


  • ½ cup whole milk or half and half
  • 1 shot RumChata
  • 1 shot caramel Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 shot Fireball whisky (or another cinnamon whiskey)
  • Cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon for garnish


  1. In a small saucepan on low heat, whisk the milk, RumChata, and Irish cream, whisking constantly until it simmers.
  2. Whisk in the Fireball. Serve warm garnished with a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon.

8. Orange-Maple Warm Old-Fashioned

Sure, you can go with a classic old-fashioned cocktail, which is always a classic. However, warming it up and adding all kinds of tasty flavors makes this an instant holiday hit. This recipe serves one.

Old fashioned orange maple cocktail



  1. In a coffee mug, muddle the sugar cube with the cocktail bitters. Stir in the Grand Marnier and maple bourbon.
  2. Stir in the boiling water.
  3. Garnish with the orange slice and cinnamon stick.

9. Spiced Almond Pear Cider

Make a big batch of this tasty boozy cider in a slow cooker to serve a crowd. It makes 10 8-ounce servings.

Homemade organic pear cider


  • ½ gallon pear juice
  • 1 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1 cup Cognac
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 12 cloves
  • 1 1-inch knob gingerroot
  • ¼ cup brown sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Simmer, covered, on low for four hours.

10. Mulled Ruby Port

Warm Port wine simmered with spices makes a lovely addition to any warm Christmas cocktail menu. You can also use this recipe with a red wine to make mulled wine. Yields 4 8-ounce servings

Two glasses with hot mulled wine


  • 1 whole orange
  • 15 whole cloves
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle ruby Port
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  1. Stud the whole orange with the cloves by inserting cloves through the orange peel.
  2. Add to a slow cooker with the Port, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  3. Cover and simmer on low for four hours.

11. Hot Toasted Nuts

This non-dairy hot Christmas drink is warm, soothing, and delicious. It makes one serving.

Hot Toasted Nuts Cocktail


  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain almond milk
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
  2. Cook on low heat, whisking constantly, until it simmers.
  3. Serve in a mug.

12. Hot Peanut Butter Cup

If you like a peanut butter cup in your Christmas stocking, then you'll love this easy hot holiday cocktail. The recipe makes one cocktail.

Hot Peanut Butter Cup



  1. In a mug, mix the hot chocolate and peanut butter whiskey.
  2. Garnish with the whipped cream.

More Alcoholic Hot Holiday Drinks

Looking for more hot, boozy holiday goodness? Try these!

5 Non-Alcoholic Warm Christmas Drinks

Guests of any age can share these alcohol-free hot holiday beverages.

1. 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. The recipe below makes six servings.

Christmas cranberry and apple cider garnish rosemary


  • 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 half an hour.
  5. Serve the beverage by ladling the hot mixture into mugs.

2. White Hot Chocolate

This is 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
  • ¼ 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.

3. Peppermint Cocoa

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

peppermint cocoa


  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 quart milk
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup crushed mint candy canes plus additional for garnish
  • Whipped cream for garnish


  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.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and additional crushed candy canes.

4. S'mores Hot Chocolate

Turn a summer camping favorite into your newest non-alcoholic hot Christmas drink obsession. This makes one serving.

Smores Hot Chocolate with Toasted Mini Marshmallows


  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 graham cracker, crushed into crumbs
  • 8 ounces hot chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate chips.


  1. Place the chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs on two separate saucers in a thin layer.
  2. Dip the rim of an oven-proof coffee mug in the chocolate syrup and then into the graham crackers.
  3. Carefully pour the hot chocolate into the prepared mug.
  4. Mix the marshmallow with the leftover graham cracker crumbs and the chocolate chips.
  5. Sprinkle on top of the hot chocolate. Brown marshmallows under a broiler or with a kitchen torch.

5. Cranberry Spice Tea

This is a simple yet Christmassy drink you're sure to love. It makes one drink.

Christmas hot drink with citrus and cranberry in glass mug



  1. In a small saucepan, combine the cranberry juice, water, and orange peel. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Remove the orange peel and pour into a mug. Steep the tea bag for two minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bag. Serve garnished with the cinnamon stick and an orange wedge.

Tasty Hot Christmas Cocktails

While these warm drinks are perfect for the holiday season, no holiday party is complete without quintessential Christmas drinks like beer, wine, and eggnog. With an array of warm alcoholic and non-alcoholic holiday cocktails along with some other Christmas essentials, you'll be warm and cozy all holiday season.

17 Hot Christmas Drink Recipes to Warm Up the Holidays