Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
If you want bacon, we'll give you bacon. This hot cocoa has bacon fat emulsified right into the drink...and it's delicious, spiked with bourbon and a bit of nutty Frangelico.
Scotch Hot Toddy
Single malt Scotch makes a wonderfully fragrant hot toddy, sweetned with a little honey and spiced with cinnamon, star anise, allspice, orange peel, and cloves.
Peppery Ginger Cider
It's hard to go wrong with a bourbon and ginger drink, especially when it's made with hot cider, balanced out with a little tart lemon juice.
The Hot and Cold
Never had a hot gin drink? Now is the time to try. Herbal gin is wonderful with tart lemon and cranberries, plus hot mint tea in this warming concoction.
Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate
This drink is a bit like a foil-wrapped chocolate orange in sippable form: rich chocolate, deep orange flavor from Grand Marnier or Cointreau, plus a little pisco (or rum) and a fragrant orange zest topping.
Salty Maple Buttered Cider
A little salt makes sweet things better, and a little butter makes everything better, so this rendition of hot buttered rum, brought together with hot cider and a little real maple syrup (with a sprinkle of crunchy Maldon salt) is pretty much the best.
Hot coffee gets a nutty kick from Frangelico (or other hazelnut liqueur) and a little cherry brandy. We recommend whipped cream on top, plus a sprinkle of nutmeg and shaved chocolate.
This bold bourbon drink from Prime Meats in Brooklyn is flavored with boiled cider and strong rooibos tea, plus bitters, cinnamon, and orange zest.
Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
You may not think of tequila as a standard cold-weather drink, but bright unaged tequila and refreshing mint are a surprisingly awesome combination, especially when mixed with chocolate.
The classic Boulevardier is a wonderfully warming drink, made with whiskey, bittersweet Campari, and sweet vermouth. But good things happen when you add steaming hot apple cider to the mix. We started drinking this cocktail this fall and we won't quit till it's tank top weather again.
Citrus and Anise Mulled Wine
Our editor Max knows a thing or two about spices, and this is his custom mulling spice blend, made with coriander and allspice, cardamom and mace, cinnamon, star anise, and a whole orange. Simmered with wine (the cheap stuff is fine) and a touch of brandy, the result is happiness in a cup.
Better Than Baileys Hot Chocolate
Nothing against a glug of Baileys in your cocoa, but this version is even better, made with vanilla, a little espresso powder, Amaretto, and an extra dose of Irish whiskey.
This hot rum punch has layered flavors from two different types of rum and a rich demerara syrup. Fresh lime juice keeps things bright and cinnamon adds spice.
Salted Butterscotch Hot Chocolate
Instead of starting with pre-made caramel or butterscotch, this hot chocolate starts from scratch: real sugar, Scotch, and cream, cooked into a caramel and mixed with the chocolate and milk for a boozy and decadent combination.
New Amsterdam Toddy
The cider for this toddy is mulled with lavender, cinnamon, citrus, cardamom, and ginger, then spiked with orange curacao and Laird's Bonded Applejack.
Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate with Chili, Cinnamon, and Mezcal
Made with bittersweet chocolate, this spiked cocoa is rich, thick, and complex with a bit of heat and fruity flavor from dried ancho chiles, some cinnamon spice, and plenty of savory smokiness from a generous shot of mezcal.
This hot drink might have you daydreaming of a wildflower-filled meadow: it's made with hot chamomile tea, fortified with honey liqueur (such as Bärenjäger) and elderflower liqueur (such at St. Germain).
Rich coconut milk provides the base for this exotic spin on hot buttered rum. The rum is funky rhum agricole, and the butter is spiced with garam masala. The final touch: a tablespoon of pumpkin purée. The drink's a bit like a pumpkin spice muffin, in drinkable, boozy form.
Cinnamon Bun Hot Buttered Rum
Making a spiced simple syrup and cinnamon-spiced butter ahead of time means all you need to do when your guests arrive is pour rum into some mugs and heat up a kettle.
Riesling Hot Toddy
Mix up your toddy routine with this cardamom-scented white wine-based version, spiked with brandy and flavored with bay leaves, honey, and lemon.