With meet-ups and celebrations being forced outside this winter, ice-cold drinks are off the menu, making way for cups of steaming hot chocolate, flasks of mulled wine and glasses of hot and spicy cocktails to warm us up in chilly back gardens.
So grab your thermal socks and woolly gloves, and arm yourself with one of our warming winter tipples to keep you and your loved ones cosy, toasty and jolly.
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.
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 tea 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.