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The leaves are falling, soup is cooking on the stovetop, and the weather is crisp and cool (at least sometimes it is here in the South). On those chillier nights, here are three simple yet satisfying warm cocktail recipes you can make in a jiffy … plus a bonus spooky punch that’s perfect for Halloween. Cheers!

3 Cozy Cocktails for Chilly Nights

Hot Toddy

You’ll find this hot toddy on the menu at The Listening Room Café in Nashville, TN. It looks so delicious that you can almost smell the apples and whipped cream! Mix together a few simple ingredients and top with a healthy dollop of whipped cream, or if you’re feeling super-fancy, you can blend up some cold foam to top it. Either way, finish it with some seasonal cinnamon on top, and enjoy!

Hot Toddy from The Listening Room

How yummy does this hot toddy look? Image: BRND House

Hot Toddy

The Listening Room Café
This seasonal drink is the perfect concoction for simple enjoyment on a cold winter night.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail


  • 1.5 oz. bourbon
  • 0.5 oz. Cardamaro Amaro
  • 0.5 oz. Cocchi Torino Vermouth
  • 3 oz. hot spiced apple cider


  • Add bourbon, amaro, vermouth, and apple cider and stir together.
  • Top with whipped cream or cold foam (instructions on how to make below).
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.


  • Pour cold milk into a blender and blend for 20 seconds. You can use any type of milk.
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Hot Buttered Rum

Fall is THE season for a hot buttered rum. And this hot buttered rum cocktail, from Andrea LeTard of the blog Andrea’s Cooktales, is ideal for after dinner. Consider it a post-meal libation and a dessert in one!

Warm cocktail recipe: Hot Buttered Rum from Andrea's Cooktales

Hot buttered rum? Yes, please! Image: Andrea’s Cooktales

Hot Buttered Rum

Andrea LeTard of Andrea's Cooktales
This delicious and comforting cocktail is your cure for the winter blues.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail


  • 1/2 lb. softened butter
  • 1/2 lb. light brown sugar
  • 1/2 lb. confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • Dark spiced rum bourbon, or any barrel-aged spirit for serving
  • Cinnamon sticks for serving optional
  • Whipped cream for serving optional


  • Beat together the butter, brown sugar, confectioners sugar, and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Fold in the ice cream and freeze until firm.
  • Serve in mugs or heat-proof glasses with 3 tablespoons of the frozen "hot butter" and 1 shot (or to taste) of booze per cup. Top with hot water, and add a cinnamon stick and whipped cream if desired.
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Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

We know, we know. It’s not quite time for all things peppermint, but we had to include this spiked peppermint hot chocolate from Susannah Henry of the blog Feast + West out of Charlotte, NC. Talk about a hot chocolate game-changer! We can picture it now … curled up in our pajamas while watching Netflix and sipping on this tasty treat. Ahhhh, seasonal perfection!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

What’s more festive than (spiked) peppermint hot chocolate? Image: Feast + West

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Susannah Brinkley Henry of Feast + West
This adult version of a holiday favorite is scrumptious and sweet.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail



  • 6 oz. quality bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 4 cups whole milk any type
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup 6 oz. peppermint vodka
  • 1 candy cane crushed
  • 4 candy canes for garnish


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 mL peppermint essential oil or peppermint extract


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the chopped chocolate and milk until melted (about 10 minutes).
  • For 20 minutes more, whisk frequently and vigorously to prevent burning and to let air into the mixture to make it creamy.
  • Reduce heat to low, and stir in the vanilla and peppermint vodka.
  • Meanwhile, make the whipped cream. Combine whipping cream and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer (fitted with the whisk attachment) or in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Mix on low speed until thickened.
  • Add the essential oil and continue whipping until stiff. Peaks should form when you lift the beater(s) from the whipped cream.
  • Ladle the hot chocolate into four mugs. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of crushed candy canes. Garnish with a candy cane.
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BONUS: Spooky Halloween Punch

When it’s time for trick-or-treating, whip up this spooky Halloween punch courtesy of Austin, TX, food blogger Jane Ko of A Taste of Koko. It’s perfect for a brisk, festive evening. Serve it at a party, with your dinner, or put it in a pitcher to keep in the fridge. This cocktail is super easy to make, and if you don’t want the alcohol, just leave out the rum and add more apple cider.

Warm cocktail recipe: Halloween Spooky Punch from Taste of Koko

Make this for your next Halloween event get together. Image: Taste of Koko

Spooky Halloween Punch

Jane Ko (Taste of Koko)
This festive cocktail is perfect for a Halloween soiree.
5 from 1 vote
Course Cocktail


  • 80 oz. 10 cups Red Diamond Sweet Tea, chilled
  • 64 oz. 8 cups apple cider, chilled
  • 36 oz. 4.5 cups light rum
  • 3 carved apples
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Ice big blocks


  • Pour Red Diamond Sweet Tea, apple cider, and rum into a large punch bowl.
  • Carefully add carved apples, oranges, cinnamon sticks, and ice (only when you’re ready to serve).
  • Stir to combine.
  • Serve!
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Enjoy these warm cocktails on the chilly nights to come, and always drink responsibly. Cheers!


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