Winter Warmers: 10 Hot Cocktails for Cold Weather Weddings

Who's for boozy hot chocolate?

Baby it's cold outside, and we're ready to ease into the festive season with some warming winter cocktails. If you're planning a winter wedding, you may want to serve drinks that pay homage to the season, so why not go one better and set the vibe for your celebration with some hot cocktails?

From a warm cinnamon Old Fashioned to a boozy coconut chai, we've rounded up some of our favourite hot cocktail recipes, for welcoming your guests with a cosy tipple, or sending them off with a warming night cap. We'll always have a place in our hearts for mulled wine, hot toddies or warm apple cider, but if you're looking for something a little bit special for a Christmas wedding or even just a winter gathering at home, stick the kettle on and dig out the whiskey and the dark rum, because these drinks will keep your guests feeling toasty - and maybe a little tipsy too.

Hot Whiskey Twist

1. Smoke & Cinnamon Hot Whiskey Old Fashioned

I came across this smoke and cinnamon cocktail on A Beautiful Mess a while back, it's the perfect festive twist on a classic Old Fashioned. But to go one better for a cold weather wedding, why not add some hot water to the whiskey for a toasty, warming toddy.

Get the full recipe on A Beautiful Mess (but don't forget to add the hot water!).

2. Boozy Hot Chocolate

Add Baileys, whiskey, Amaretto, Frangelico, coconut rum, coffee liqueur or creme de menthe  - the options are endless. Set up a hot chocolate station at your wedding (post-ceremony, pre-dinner is the perfect time) and give your guests the option to spike their hot chocolate with something a little stronger.

3. Hot Buttered Rum

Buttered rum is one of those things you see on cookery shows, but nobody seems to make in real life. Well, this Christmas, I'm vowing to change that, and I think you guys should get on board. By the looks of this recipe from Jamie Oliver, this would make the perfect after-dinner sweet treat. Dark rum, butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - that is one moreish combination.

Hot London Cup

4. Warm London Cup

This is one for anyone who spends their summer sipping on Pimms - a recipe created by gin brand Sipsmith for Stylist magazine, it features their own London Cup, heated with cloudy apple and orange, a drink that's warming without being too potent or sickly.

Apple Pie Cocktail

Image via Simply Darrling

5. Warm Apple Pie

There are lots of variations on warm apple cider cocktails, some call for whiskey, others call for liqueur - but many include cream and cinnamon, which sounds like an intriguing combination to me. This recipe by The Spruce is a fun, and relatively easy wedding cocktail.

6. Mulled Apple Cider Sangria

A mix between our perennial fave, mulled wine, and apple cider AND sangria, what's not to get excited about! This recipe from The Crumby Kitchen features clementines, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and at least three kinds of alcohol. The perfect drink for making up in big batches and serving to your guests as a welcome drink or a nightcap.

White Wine Toddy

Photo by Sydney Oland via Serious Eats

7. White Wine Toddy

While some white wine lovers will consider this utter sacrilege, if you're looking for a unique alternative to mulled wine, this Riesling Toddy recipe from Serious Eats could be just what you're after. Cardamom, brandy, honey and lemon - this one sounds like it could cure what ails you.

Hot Gin & Tonic 2

8. Hot Gin & Tonic

I know, I know, a G&T is nothing without the clink of some ice cubes, and the thought of a warm one sounds alarmingly close to a boozy version of your mam giving you flat 7up when you were sick as a kid. But I promise, this tipple will be a welcome warmer for your guests! Craft gin distillers Sipsmith swear by it, here's how it's done.

9. Coconut Chai Toddy

This one sounds so delicious, I may need to pick up the ingredients on the way home from work. Blending dark rum with chai tea and coconut milk, this recipe from Running To The Kitchen would be the perfect warming drink with an exotic twist. It's a great hot cocktail for making up in big batches too.

Non-alcoholic Hot Cocktail

10. Mulled Pomegranate Mocktail

And finally one for the non-drinkers. This mulled non-alcoholic cocktail is filled with festive flavours that will warm the cockles of all your guests - get the recipe on the BBC Good Food blog.

Tips for Serving Hot Cocktails at your Wedding

  • Consider how you're going to serve your drinks, boiling hot cocktails will crack normal glassware - look for insulated (and compostable) disposable cups, mugs, or Irish coffee glasses to serve your winter beverages, or serve them warm rather than hot.
  • Talk to your venue or caterer about how to keep any pre-made drinks warm, batch cocktails tend to be easier if you have a bigger guest list, these can be kept on a stove, or in a Burco boiler-style device.
  • Think about garnishes - creating stylish festive cocktails is as much about how they look as how they taste. Cinnamon sticks, orange peel, candy canes, pomegranate seeds, coffee beans, and marshmallows all make pretty winter-themed garnishes.
  • Remember the non-drinkers too - this goes for any signature cocktails, but it's even more important if you're serving drinks to warm up your guests. Provide a mocktail, chai latte or hot chocolate option for little ones and any guests who aren't drinking at your wedding.

Get ideas for some sparkling New Year's Eve cocktails to ring in 2020 with a bang.

Feature Image: via The Crumby Kitchen


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