Hot Cocktails: 20 Drink Recipes to Warm You Up

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Alcohol will pretty much always take the chill off, but when it gets really freezing, a hot drink works even better. And there's nothing wrong with a classic hot chocolate or steaming mug of apple cider, but sometimes you want something a little stiffer. We've experimented with a whole range of warming boozy drinks, spiking our hot cocoa with everything from mezcal to pisco and stirring pretty much the whole liquor cabinet into steaming mugs of cider, coffee, tea, and toddies. Here are 20 of the best hot drink recipes we've tested.

What's your favorite hot beverage for a cold day?

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Peppery Ginger Cider
The Hot and Cold
Salted Butterscotch Hot Chocolate
Citrus and Anise Mulled Wine
Alps Coffee
Vandaag's V.O.C. Grog
Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate with Chili, Cinnamon, and Mezcal
Orchard Boulevardier
Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate
New Amsterdam Toddy
Advent Grog
Orange Pisco Hot Chocolate
Salty Maple Buttered Cider
The Herbaliser
Better Than Baileys Hot Chocolate
Scotch Hot Toddy
Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate
Cinnamon Bun Hot Buttered Rum
The Outcider from Prime Meats
Riesling Hot Toddy

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is a Senior Editor at Serious Eats, based in San Francisco. She founded Serious Eats: Drinks in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.