Warm winter drinks

Grab your thermal socks and woolly gloves, and arm yourself with one of our warming winter drinks to keep you and your loved ones feeling toasty and jolly.

Make way for cups of steaming hot chocolate, flasks of mulled wine and glasses of hot and spicy cocktails as the winter weather moves in. These are our favourite winter drinks recipes to keep you cosy all season long.

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The star of winter, a cup of hot chocolate is never a bad idea. And this version of the winter drink has marshmallows in it, too! A few minutes is all you need to enjoy this gorgeous labour of love. 


Nothing beats the satisfaction – or taste – of something made from scratch. Next time you want a comforting tea, recreate Jamie’s herbal cuppa with turmeric, orange, honey and thyme. Full of iron and vitamin C, this winter drink recipe is perfect for chilly October mornings. 


Traditional Japanese tea traditions have long featured the delicious powdered green tea that is matcha. Part of the joy of the drink comes in the preparation, so spare a minute or two and devour this tasty, winter drink. 

If you want to enjoy ice cream during the colder weather but don’t want to risk a sore throat, this walnut-whip affogato is for you. Ice cream and chocolate sauce drowned in a shot of warm espresso — perfection. 

This classic winter warmer needs no introduction. Fragrant spices, oranges and lemon gently infuse red wine, then finish it off with a dash of crème de cassis. Make a batch and keep warm in a slow cooker.

If mulled wine’s not your thing, this pear and ginger alternative is one to try. Deeply spiced with cinnamon and cardamom, and brightened up with spiced rum and zesty lime, it packs a real punch.

Tea, brandy and honey are gently simmered to create this rich and warming cocktail. So good served with Christmas cake, mince pies or gingerbread.

Another essential winter drink, this quirky little number is sure to put some fire in your belly. If you want a super-fiery kick, start it the day before, let the ginger go cold in the water and leave overnight to infuse.

Traditional scrumpy gets the winter treatment in this incredible hot spiced cider that will get everyone into the spirit. It would work a treat with apple juice, too, for a non-alcoholic alternative.

Now this is really something special. Simply heat butter, rum, sugar, then strain into glasses and top up with a little hot water. Guaranteed to get everyone feeling jolly.

Warming spiced Chai is perfect for chilly afternoon walks or back-garden gatherings. Perfectly spiced with cinnamon, cloves and ground ginger with just the right level of sweetness, it’s a big hug in a mug.

Not just to ward off the common cold, this whisky warmer will hit the spot on a cold winter’s day. Feel free to omit the whisky if you prefer something booze-free.

If you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy, this homemade malted hot chocolate is off-the-scale good. Made with real chocolate, it’s so much better than shop-bought, and will have everyone coming back for more. 

You’ll find our full collection of drinks recipes, including delicious cocktails, mocktails and more winter warmers, here.


Drinks, Winter