Our 25 Favorite Warming Fall Drinks
Everyone knows that cold weather calls for hot drinks. Whether you're looking for something boozy or basic, we have the perfect sip for you.
Copycat Gingerbread Latte
Who needs to make a trip to the cafe when you can make your favorite holiday drinks at home? This gingerbread latte has everything you love about gingerbread and java in one delightfully caffeinated drink. If you can't steam milk at home, warm the milk slowly in a saucepan and froth the milk by shaking it in a tightly sealed jar, using a frother, or whisking thoroughly while heating.
Transylvanian Hot Toddy
This lemonade takes away the goose bumps and smoothes raised hairs.
Slow-Cooker Blood Orange Fizzy Mulled Wine
The slow cooker offers great convenience here, keeping the stovetop open for meal prep. Pouring the soda into the hot wine right at the time of service brings the temperature down enough to drink immediately. Change out the orange slices for fresh when serving to punch up the look.
Malted Hot Cocoa
Have some leftover candy from Halloween? Turn them into a sweet garnish atop this Malted Hot Cocoa. Cozy up by the fire and snuggle with a hot mug of this comforting holiday drink.
Peppermint Stick Hot Chocolate
For an adults-only party, consider spiking this drink with mint liqueur, such as peppermint schnapps or crème de menthe.
Warm Spiced Cider
This simple three-ingredient cider recipe couldn't be easier. It starts with store-bought apple cider, then adds a cinnamon stick and a fresh piece of ginger. As the brew simmers, it will fill your home with the fragrance of the holidays.
This hot drink pairs nicely with Chocolate-Hazelnut Meringues. For a grown-up twist, spike it with brandy, bourbon, gold rum, or cinnamon schnapps. Make the steamer mixture up to a day ahead, refrigerate, then reheat when ready to serve.
Hot Mojito Tea
Notes: The mojito - a mint-laced rum cocktail - might be the hottest drink in town these days, but it's served ice cold. We've turned the temperature on its ear for the holidays. To warm glasses, fill with hot water, then drain. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and a lime slice.
Applejack-Spiked Hot Cider
Take this drink on the go in a thermos, or let its sweet, spiced scent fill your home. Applejack is a cider-based brandy; Calvados, the French version, would also work in this drink.
Warm Hazelnut Toddy
Curl up by the fire with this simple beverage that takes less than a minute to make. Simply combine hazelnut-flavored liqueur with hot water then top with whipped cream.
Barcelona Hot Chocolate
Hot Mulled Ginger-Spiced Cider
This seasonal mulled cider is perfect for any holiday celebration, from Thanksgiving dinner to late-night tree decorating sessions.
Boozy Buttermint White Hot Chocolate
Hot Spiced Fruit Punch
Leave Santa a note to reheat this aromatic punch in the microwave.
Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and a crown of frothy cream adds smoothness and warmth to this traditional coffee cocktail.
Apple pie spice and ground ginger liven up the flavor in Gingerbread Cocoa.
Creamy Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate
This incredibly rich beverage is anything but your nana’s hot cocoa. Incorporating tahini into this dairy-free hot chocolate adds a decadent layer of warming nuttiness that’s a perfect partner to the robust flavors of cocoa and vanilla.
Easy Swedish Glögg
Glögg is the traditional drink in Sweden and Finland during the six weeks leading up to December 25--a cold, dark time of year in Scandinavia. This glögg recipe resembles a variety of historical mulled wines, such as wassail and gluwein.
Mulled White Wine
A lean white wine that hasn't been aged in oak works best for this drink. You can make the citrus base (step 1) up to 1 day ahead; cover and chill. Reheat to continue. For a clearer mulled wine, in step 2 pour the citrus base through a fine strainer into the wine, then add the whole spices. Add a few fresh lemon, orange, and kumquat slices for decoration as well, if you like.
Copycat Starbucks Turmeric Latte
Skip the coffee line and make your own trendy golden latte at home.
Boozy Almond-Honey Hot Chocolate
Infuse rich hot cocoa with amaretto liqueur to create this perfect adults-only, cold-weather cocktail.
Single-Serving Pumpkin Spice Latte
What if we told you that you could make your favorite, Starbucks-inspired pumpkin spice latte, right there in the comfort of your own home kitchen? Rather than calling for a big batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup, we've streamlined the process so that you only make as much pumpkin syrup as you need for one latte. Feel free to scale the recipe up if you're preparing more. If you don't have access to an espresso machine, any strongly-brewed coffee will do. In addition, alt-milks or lower-fat milks can be substituted, although whole milk will be the richest and most satisfying.