While a steaming cup of tea is a winter classic, have you ever considered trading it for a comforting glass of hot toddy? The snuggle season has begun and we’re bidding adieu to Margaritas and Piña Coladas in favour of hot cocktails. Perfect for family weekends, bedtime snuggles, or just keeping your hands warm, these hot cocktail recipes are your winter companions. Here are some easy-to-whip-up hot cocktails you can make at home.

1. Cocoa-nut Hot Buttered Rum

Ingredients:
– 240g Coconut sugar
– 120g Melted peanut butter
– 1 tsp Cocoa powder
– 1 tsp Vanilla extract
– 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
– 1 tsp Ground cloves
– 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
– 60 ml Rum
– 180 ml Hot water

Method:
1. Mix coconut sugar, melted peanut butter, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and spices in a bowl.
2. Warm a mug, discard water and combine spiced butter mix with rum.
3. Top it off with hot water, stir, and garnish with cinnamon stick, star anise, and dehydrated orange.

2. Hot Penicillin

Ingredients:
– 50 ml Glenmorangie The Original
– 50 ml Apple Juice
– 12.5 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
– Squeeze of Honey
– 50 ml Ginger Beer

Method:
1. Pour all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a simmer (avoid boiling).
2. Pour into a glass mug and enjoy this unique twist, perfect for those sniffle-filled days.

3. Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour

Ingredients:
– 60 ml Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
– 30 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
– 15 ml Maple Syrup
– 1 Cinnamon Stick (for garnish)

Method:
1. Shake whiskey, lemon juice, and maple syrup with ice.
2. Strain into a glass over ice.
3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy the sweet and spicy warmth.

4. Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
– 50 ml Baileys Original Irish Cream
– 150 ml Hot Chocolate
– Whipped Cream
– Crushed Peppermint Candy (for garnish)

Method:
1. Pour Baileys into a mug of hot chocolate.
2. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle crushed peppermint candy for a festive touch.
3. Cosy up with this delightful treat on chilly evenings.

5. Citrus Mulled Wine

Ingredients:
– 750 ml Red Wine (Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
– 1 Orange (sliced)
– 1 Lemon (sliced)
– 1/4 cup Honey
– 2 Cinnamon Sticks
– 4 Cloves
– 1 Star Anise

Method:
1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
2. Simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes (avoid boiling).
3. Strain and serve warm for a citrusy, spiced mulled wine.

6. Hazelnut Espresso Martini

Ingredients:
– 45 ml Kahlúa
– 30 ml Vodka
– 30 ml Freshly Brewed Espresso
– Ice

Method:
1. Shake Kahlúa, vodka, and espresso with ice.
2. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
3. Enjoy the rich flavours of hazelnut and coffee in this spirited cocktail.

7. Hot Apple Pie

Ingredients:
– 60 ml Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
– 120 ml Apple Cider
– Whipped Cream
– Cinnamon Sprinkle (for garnish)

Method:
1. Warm apple cider on the stove.
2. Pour Fireball Cinnamon Whisky into a mug.
3. Add hot apple cider, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
4. Experience the comforting taste of a warm apple pie in a glass.

8. Mulled Cranberry Vodka Punch

Ingredients:
– 250 ml Absolut Vodka
– 1-litre Cranberry Juice
– 1 Orange (sliced)
– 1 cup Fresh Cranberries
– 3 Cinnamon Sticks
– 5 Cloves
– 1/4 cup Honey

Method:
1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot.
2. Heat on low until warm (avoid boiling).
3. Ladle into mugs and enjoy the festive, fruity flavours.

Whether you’re a fan of chocolate-infused warmth, spiced blends, or fruity punches, these recipes promise to make your winter nights cosy and delightful. Gather your ingredients, warm up the stove, and let the toasting begin!