20 Boozy Holiday Drinks to Warm You Right Up this Winter, From Spiked Hot Chocolate to Peppermintinis

Christmas parties, evenings in with your friends, curling up by a fire while it snows: Winter offers no shortage of opportunities to whip up your favorite hot chocolate or classic eggnog. Add in a splash of booze? Now we're really talking. This season, spice things up. Make spirits bright with these boozy holiday drinks, from sparkling cranberry cocktails to festive peppermintinis. There's something here to warm everybody right up.

by Amy Sachs


Once December (OK, maybe November) rolls around, everything just tastes better with peppermint. A Spicy Perspective’s Peppermintini is no exception!

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Pumpkin Spice Hot and Stormy

Fall is fading into winter, but that doesn’t make us love pumpkin spice any less. This pumpkin Kahlua cocktail by Kitchen Confidante will bring your pumpkin love to a whole new level.

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Gingery-Appley Hot Toddy

A classic: This bourbon-infused apple juice by A Cozy Kitchen will warm you right up this holiday season.

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Kahlua Hot Chocolate

As if hot chocolate wasn’t perfect enough on its own, Damn Delicious’ recipe will make you fall even harder.

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Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whiskey

Perfect even if you aren’t a fan of whiskey, this hot, creamy concoction is perfect for the whole family. Warm up by the fire with this recipe by Adventures in Cooking.

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Haleakala Holiday Cocktail

Escape the chaos of the holidays with this easy tropical pick me up. Made with only four ingredients, the Haleakala holiday cocktail by A Spicy Perspective is easy and fun to make.

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Baileys Marshmallows

It’s not wintertime without hot chocolate. This favorite cold weather treat gets even better with Baileys-infused marshmallows, from Confections of a Foodie Bride.

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Bourbon Butterscotch Latte

Bourbon? Good. Butterscotch? Good. Lattes? GOOD. Combine the best of all worlds with Endless Simmer’s easy latte recipe this winter.

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Easy Sparkling Cranberry Orange Cocktails

These cocktails from Cooking for Keeps even look festive! Cranberry is in everything else this time of year, so why not have it in your drinks, too?

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Mint Chocolate Chip Eggnog Float

Nothing says Christmas like eggnog, and mint chocolate chip is always in season. Combine the two with What’s Cooking Love’s delicious float!

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Bourbon Cherry Cordials & Bourbon Cocktail

Cherry cordials are a holiday season staple. Bourbon infused cherry cordials (to float in a bourbon cocktail!) is holiday season genius. Domestic Fits hooks us up with both.

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Cinnamon Hot Chocolate with Rum and Horchata

“In December drinking Horchata…” What better way to make this Vampire Weekend song a reality than with hot chocolate and rum from Fashion Edible?

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Apple Butter Spiced Rum

Does this sound like Butter Beer to anyone else? Warm rum, apples, and spices make for the perfect winter drink in this recipe from Radical Possibility.

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Cranberry Orange Prosecco Cocktail

The Comfort of Cooking’s simple combination of champagne and a splash of cranberry and orange makes this the perfect drink to serve as a light New Year’s Eve cocktail.

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Chocolate Raspberry Champagne Float

Could this look any more amazing? A more perfect combination will likely not be found this winter. Get the recipe from Parsley, Sage, & Sweet.

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Nutella Cocktail

Nutella is good with pretty much everything, and alcohol is no different. This blended drink from What’s Cooking Love is easy to throw in a blender to make for yourself or for holiday guests.

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Christmas Appletini

What’s Cooking Love comes through for your holiday festivities again with this Christmas Appletini recipe that looks as festive as it tastes.

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Coconut Eggnog

Simply Scratch puts a tropical twist on a holiday classic to make you feel like it’s Christmas in paradise.

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Dark and Minty

This recipe from Jelly Toast Blog looks like a chocolate sundae in a glass, and with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur and Peppermint Mocha Kahlua, it’s better than any sundae, and will keep you a lot warmer.

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Cherry Whiskey Smash Cocktails

This easy drink from How Sweet It Is takes five minutes to make, and can be enjoyed all through the holidays.

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