20 Winter Cocktails: Best Warm, Spiced and Blended Alcoholic Drinks

There is nothing better than a delicious cocktail to warm up with during a wintertime get-together, be it a hot beverage, or one accented with warm spices. From classics like mulled wine and eggnog, to the experimental tastes of blended cocktails, you can enjoy exploring a range of flavors that best complement a cozy evening or even a holiday celebration. Follow along with this guide to get inspired with winter cocktail recipes that are not only fun to create, but just as fun to drink.

A glass of citrus cafe ole with cinnamon sticks A glass of citrus cafe ole with cinnamon sticks

Winter Whiskey and Bourbon Drinks

On a cold night, there’s nothing better than a whiskey or bourbon drink to warm you up. With their blend of sophisticated and complex flavors, these drinks meld perfectly with seasonal spices and flavors, making them a great selection the next time you’re in front of a roaring fire.

A winter orange whiskey cocktail

1. Winter Orange Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

This delicious mix of orange juice, liqueur and whiskey hits the spot after a long day. Combine your ingredients in a KitchenAid® blender to ensure the flavors fully come together in this sophisticated drink. Garnish with orange peel twists for a bright finishing touch.

A glass of marmalade bourbon old fashioned

2. Marmalade Bourbon Old Fashioned

Brighten up your winter nights with this twist on a classic drink. Place your ingredients into a sauce pan and bring your mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to a simmer so that the mixture reaches the consistency of syrup. Add to a cocktail shaker, along with bourbon and bitters, then shake vigorously until you have your newly fashioned old fashioned.

Two small mason jars of caramel apple infused bourbon

3. Caramel Apple Infused Bourbon

This sweet drink is great for when you're planning ahead for winter travelers. Pack the apple rings and cinnamon sticks into a canning jar with bourbon and let it sit for three days. In the meantime, prepare caramel syrup in a saucepan and place in storage. When your guests arrive, pour out the infused bourbon and top with the syrup.

A tray of apple whiskey sidecars

4. Apple Whiskey Sidecar

If you love the taste of apples, this whiskey sidecar will quickly become your new favorite drink. Combine all of your ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, then shake vigorously. Pour into glasses and garnish with apples to give it that extra burst of flavor.

A mason jar filled with snickerdoodle icey A mason jar filled with snickerdoodle icey

Blended Winter Cocktails

Blended winter cocktails are a wonderful way to get a variety of ingredients into your winter drink. Rich or sweet, you'll be serving up memorable frozen cocktails this holiday season.

Three glasses of sage honey pineapple blended cocktails on a tray

5. Sage Honey Pineapple Blended Cocktail

Sage and honey have never tasted better together than in this blended recipe. Start by making your sage honey syrup, then pour it into your KitchenAid® blender with the rest of your ingredients. By the time it finishes, you'll have a cocktail that's great for entertaining.

A caramel apple bourbon slush cocktail

6. Caramel Apple Bourbon Slush Cocktails

If you’re trying to decide between a dessert or a drink to complete your holiday meal, enjoy the best of both worlds with this recipe. Place your ingredients into a KitchenAid® blender and set it to the Smoothie option. Finish by dipping the rims of your glasses in caramel and peanuts and enjoy the sweet and salty taste of this slush cocktail.

A tray of fruit sweetened mojitos

7. Fruit Sweetened Mojito

Bring a small dose of summer joy to your blended winter cocktails. Combine your ingredients into a KitchenAid® blender, then turn the dial and increase the speed to achieve a silky texture. Add sparkling water, mint leaves or seasonal fruit (such as cranberries or apple slices) for a light and refreshing finish.

A rich stout float with chocolate foam

8. Stout Float with Chocolate Foam

‘Tis the reason for the season with this rich stout float. Combine your ingredients into a KitchenAid® blender, for a more intriguing version of a root beer float. Once you're finished blending, scoop ice cream into your glasses, pour the stout in and top with a rich chocolate foam.

Explore KitchenAid® Blenders For Making Winter Cocktails

You’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to the drinks you can make with the right blender. With an extensive line of countertop and immersion blenders, KitchenAid brand opens the door to new possibilities for creative and passionate makers. Whichever blender you choose, exploring new tastes and textures as well as whipping up inventive winter drinks has never been easier.

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Warm Winter Cocktails

Great for when you want a drink to warm you from the inside-out, these cocktails are a hot addition to your wintertime drink menu.

A refreshing hot toddy

9. Hot Toddies

You don't have to wait for a cold for these hot toddies. With your KitchenAid® electric kettle, you'll boil your water, then pour it into a glass with lemon and an ounce of rum. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and fresh nutmeg for some seasonal spice.

Two glasses of chamomile hot toddies

10. Chamomile Hot Toddy Recipe

If chamomile tea relaxes you, then this spiced toddy will leave you in bliss. Brew your tea in your KitchenAid® electric kettle, then pour it into cups of warm honey syrup. Add some bourbon and a light garnish to complete this relaxing recipe.

A mug of honey almond toddy

11. Honey Almond Toddy

Three ingredients is all it takes to make this refreshing cold brewed almond toddy. Pour the ingredients into a martini shaker (making sure to add a little bourbon) and shake vigorously. Pour the resulting mixture on ice to enjoy "on the rocks."

A glass of warm winter espresso cocktail

12. Warm Winter Espresso Cocktail Recipe

If you need an extra jolt to go with your winter drink, this espresso cocktail is the perfect pick. Combine your ingredients into your KitchenAid® blender. Turn the dial, increase the speed and pour, finishing with a sweet topping of whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa powder.

An Irish coffee topped with whipped cream

13. Irish Coffee

With a KitchenAid® coffee bean grinder, this Irish coffee recipe will have you thinking it's already St. Patrick's day. Combine your brewed coffee, whiskey and sugar in a mug and stir, making sure to give yourself a healthy dollop of whipped cream.

A KitchenAid® slowcooker A KitchenAid® slowcooker

Winter Wine Drinks

The most classic and classiest winter drinks, winter wine drinks are great for entertaining or when hosting close friends.

Two mugs of white cranberry mulled wine

14. White Cranberry Mulled Wine

Nothing says winter like a satisfying winter mulled wine. Bring your cranberry juice to a boil in a sauce pan with rosemary sprigs. Pour spiced juice into a KitchenAid® 6-Quart Slow Cooker with the rest of your ingredients. Cook on low for an hour, then stir in your rum and add garnish.

A pitcher of wassail sangria

15. Wassail Sangria

If you're having friends over on a winter weekend, you can't go wrong with this wassail sangria. Prepare the recipe mid-morning by adding your ingredients to your KitchenAid® 6-Quart Slow Cooker. Once the mixture comes to a simmer, add it to a pitcher of rioja wine, cachaca and triple sec.

Two champagne flutes filled with pear ginger saketinis

16. Pear Ginger Saketinis

Making a fresh drink takes on a whole new meaning with this winter wine drink. Use your KitchenAid® Juicer and Sauce Attachment to juice your ginger and pears. Pour the pear-ginger juice into glasses and top with chilled sake and sparkling water for a delicious twist.

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Spiked Winter Drinks

Sometimes, the drinks you love don’t have an alcoholic version. But for inventive chefs, this presents an opportunity to elevate your favorite recipes by adding a grown up twist.

A cup of spiked gingerbread hot cocoa with a marshmallow man

17. Spiked Gingerbread Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Men

As fun and rich as you remember, this spiked cocoa will have you feeling like a kid again. Once you bake your marshmallow men, make your hot cocoa in a saute pan and add the rest of your spices. Tip: for the best spiked version, try adding dark rum or bourbon.

Two mugs of spiked mulled latte

18. Spiked Mulled Latte

Refreshing in its own right, this mulled latte is a delicious alternative to spiked eggnog. Heat up the milk and spices in a small saucepan until steamy. Then use your KitchenAid® coffee bean grinder to grind up your coffee and combine. Tip: either gin or bourbon is a fine addition to your latte.

A cup of spiked pumpkin spice latte

19. Spiked Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Spice up your late afternoons with a warm cup of spiked pumpkin spice latte. Soak your cashews and then place all of your ingredients into your KitchenAid® blender and blend on high until piping hot. Tip: Coconut rum or vodka is a great complement to this recipe’s traditional pumpkin flavors.

A tall glass of iced eggnog

20. Iced Eggnog

Synonymous with the season, this eggnog will become your new favorite way to stay awake. All it takes is to combine the ingredients to a glass of ice (stirring in a little bourbon or whiskey while you're at it). Sprinkle the stirred mixture with a little nutmeg and serve.

Shop KitchenAid® Appliances for Making Winter Drink Recipes

With so many different ways to make creative winter drinks, you’ll want as many tools as you can get your hands on. Luckily, KitchenAid® appliances are built with the Maker in mind, so you can create a variety of winter drinks without ever running out of possibilities.

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