Now that we’re nearing the end of the year, chances are you’ve noticed a chill in the air and temperatures dropping. After all, winter is right around the corner, and we can very obviously feel it. However, the cold winter also brings sweater weather, snow, and fun winter activities like Christmas markets, skating, and sledding. Considering the coldest season of the year actually starts with the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21, it’s the perfect opportunity to warm up by sipping on a warm winter drink. You can go the spirit-free route with hot chocolate, or you can go the boozy path with mulled wine and spiked hot cocoa (if you're 21 and up). While the weather outside is frightful, these Winter Solstice cocktails will ensure your start to winter is so lit.
Whether you're throwing a party or just lounging around listening to holiday tunes while wrapping gifts on the longest night of the year, it's 5 o'clock somewhere, and the holidays are the perfect excuse to let loose (responsibly) for most occasions with a Winter Solstice drink in hand. Winter drinks come in all forms, so if you like adult eggnog, hard liquor, or good 'ole wine and Prosecco, there's a solstice drink this season that will suit your palate. Plus, with how busy and stressed many of us are right now, you're going to need it. As an added bonus, pair your Winter Solstice cocktails with one of these complementary
Winter Solstice recipes for a cozy feast you can whip up and bring to a holiday party. Westend61/Westend61/Getty Images
Coming in first is a wintery twist on a classic drink: wine. If you're a red wine person, this just adds a few more flavors and spices to your favorite drink. If you want to make it
hot mulled wine (which is appropriate for the longest wintry night of the year on the Winter Solstice), stir water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, add all of these ingredients and heat them up on the stove until the mixture boils. Then, mix it all in with the wine, warm, and serve for a Winter Solstice drink that’ll chase those winter chills away. Plus, this is one of the easiest drinks to make for a big group.
Need something warmer than hot mulled wine? Try this
Fiery Liquor Cocktail recipe (but maybe skip the actual fire part, because it's really not for amateurs). With this mix of cognac, orange Curaçao, and Creme de Figue (fig), you're bound to be toasty warm, pyrotechnics or not.
Butter in a cocktail? Don’t knock it until you try it—and this is the
one warm winter cocktail recipe to try. This drink was specifically created to warm up in the midst of a winter storm. Enjoy it with friends and family on a Friday evening next to the fireplace for the ultimate cozy night in on Winter Solstice. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision/Getty Images
A fun way to do "spiked hot cocoa" without just spiking regular hot chocolate is by utilizing other alcoholic substitutes like
this recipe, which uses Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. It also uses bourbon to add another twist to the traditional taste.
Nothing screams winter cocktail like spiked eggnog. This
recipe uses the same idea of nog but makes it completely from scratch, and adds a hint of bourbon to it. It’s perfect to enjoy on Christmas Eve or just when you need that extra warmth during The Winter Solstice. 06
Peppermint Patty Hot Chocolate
Another way to make
adult hot chocolate is to add peppermint schnapps to your beverage so that you get that incredible holiday flavor. If you love peppermint mochas, you're going to love this recipe, plus it’s so easy to make your own with additional ingredients. Add some whipped cream to really go all out. Westend61/Westend61/Getty Images
Prosecco is perfect for the winter and it's something you'll gladly drink this New Year's, along with champagne. This recipe makes for a great new
bubbly recipe that brings a fresh take on this favorite. By adding in cranberry juice and orange liquer, you get that perfect Winter Solstice drink everyone will enjoy.
Spiced rum? Lime? Vanilla syrup? Yes, this is definitely the makings of a perfect
While we usually think of these kinds of drinks for the beach when made with strawberries or mangoes, add in fresh orange juice with this drink, and you have a great variation for the season.
"Winter Is Coming" Snow Cone
Game of Thrones fan, this chilly take on a gin and tonic is going to be your new favorite thing. Boasting your own "snow," this cocktail is not only epic for The Winter Solstice, but it's also great for when you want to get cozy and re-watch your favorite show. 10
Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned
This is the perfect drink recipe for a cozy night at home this winter season. Snuggle up next to the fireplace with
Half Baked Harvest’s Spiced Honey Bourbon Old Fashioned. A seasonal twist on the classic cocktail, this drink is the epitome of a warm winter cocktail that bourbon lovers will enjoy.
There’s no doubt an old fashioned warms you up, but with this
winter twist of rosemary, maple syrup, and cinnamon, you’re sure to feel the cozy vibes. Using bourbon and bitters, this is a simple cocktail to make at home and is a real crowd pleaser for friends and family. Emilija Manevska/Moment/Getty Images
Don’t like whiskey or bourbon? This
fall gin-based old fashioned has a hint of spice and smoke to it, making for a delightful drink that you sip indoors while you watch the snow fall.
Keep is classic with this easy cocktail recipe this Winter Solstice—a
White Russian. Made with vodka, coffee liquor, and heavy cream, these three ingredients mix perfectly together to create a sweet and comforting cocktail. Cheers to winter, and cheers to making cocktails that are as easy as 1, 2, 3! Margaritas are always in season, and with the ability to add pomegranates to this refreshing cocktail, it makes for the ideal winter sip. A mix of pomegranate and lime make this a tangy and festive-forward drink for any Winter Solstice gatherings. Top with pomegranate seeds and a lime wedge for a ‘Gram-worthy garnish.
If you’re not sick of pumpkin just yet, you have to try the
Pumpkin Old Fashioned by The Spruce Eats. It only takes five minutes to make, and illustrates how well the spices on an old fashioned go with pumpkin. Pair with a piece of pumpkin pie for the ultimate holiday duo this Winter Solstice. Don't miss a thing
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