When it starts to get cold outside, all we want to do is curl up in our favorite blanket with a good book, maybe a four-legged friend, some cookies and a hot drink. And if our mug just happens to be spiked with a little alcohol, we wouldn't be mad about it! Although it never really drops below 55 degrees here in San Francisco, we still like to stay warm and cozy during the winter months and hot cocktails are here to help. But if you feel like venturing out in the cold, you can definitely take your spiked drinks on the go with you. We like taking a mug of Hot Cocoa with Frangelico with us on our trick o' treating trip as well as bringing a big batch of Hot Toddy's to our Sunday football tailgate party.
As the weathers turns from sunshine to cloudy days and the days keep getting shorter and shorter, our cravings for these spiked adult beverages increases more and more. From Irish Coffees to Spiked Chai with Rum the possibilities are endless if you're creative enough. Don't fret, we've got you covered on the 8 best hot cocktails to get you through this winter.
1. Hot Chocolate with Baileys
An oldie but goodie! Any hot chocolate recipe will do, but we like this one, made with rich dark chocolate and a splash of Baileys. If you're looking for a nutty twist, swap out the Baileys for Frangelico, a hazelnut flavored liquor that will have your hot cocoa tasting like a warm cup of Nutella in no time!
2. Spiked Chai with Rum
If you are a die-hard chai fanatic, this is the drink for you! This recipe uses spiced chai tea bags which makes it super easy to enjoy your favorite morning drink as a warm and boozy treat all winter long. Try making this recipe and see for yourself!
3. Mulled Wine
This classic hot drink always reminds us of Christmas and the flavors make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Grab a box of Original Soft-Baked Biscotti for dunking and enjoy! We recommend trying Ina Garten's recipe.
4. White Russian
While this isn't actually a hot cocktail, it is a favorite at Marlo's Bakeshop! Maybe because The Dude drinks one all throughout The Big Lebowski or maybe because it's just a delicious combination of Kahlua, vodka and milk but either way we'll take a White Russian any time of the year! This is probably the simplest cocktail on our list, just mix one part vodka, one part Kahlua, and one part milk or cream and serve over ice.
5. Hot Toddy
A traditional hot toddy is said to have its roots in medicinal practice, and to that we say hear, hear! Drink up, this drink will have you feeling better in no time. Classic Hot Toddy recipe found here.
6. RumChata Egg Nog
Learning to make your own egg nog is a game changer, especially when you're in the mood for the Christmas spirit any time of the year. This recipe is made with RumChata, and will soon be our new favorite.
7. Hot Buttered Rum
Sometimes you need to make yourself a big batch of deliciously sweet Hot Buttered Rum to get you through a cold winter's night. Luckily we have the perfect recipe for you. You will not regret it!
8. Irish Coffee
Last but not least is a classic St Patrick's Day treat. Probably one of the most versatile drinks on this list, make this recipe and top your coffee with a dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings.