Best Cold Weather Cocktails

Warm Up This Winter With a Great Drink

Baby, it's cold outside and you want a great drink to help you warm up! This list includes some of the best drinks for doing just that.

Many whiskey, brandy, and rum cocktails are great choices for cold winter days. Some of these are served warm while others simply have the taste and feel of warmth and comfort.

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    Irish Coffee by fireside.
    Irish Coffee by fireside. Getty Images/Matthew Micah Wright

    This is one of the iconic ways to enhance (and spike) your coffee and it will long remain one of the favorites. The classic Irish Coffee is simple: Irish Whiskey, sugar, cream, and the richest, strongest coffee you can make. It will warm you up and rejuvenate your senses, unlike any other steaming mug can.

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    Classic Hot Toddy Recipe
    Always a favorite in the winter, the Hot Toddy is so easy and you can make it with most things already in the kitchen. Susie Cushner/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    How can you beat a Hot Toddy on a cold day? This is a drink that you can take in any direction you like to fit your mood, taste, or what you happen to have on hand. Rum, whiskey, and brandy are commonly used, but if you have not allowed heat to enliven the botanicals of a good gin before, you are missing out, because a Gin Toddy is a wonderful thing. Then, there is the tea, which can be any style you enjoy and take the toddy in an entirely new direction.

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    Bloody Mary Cocktail
    Enjoy a Bloody Mary for brunch, game day, or whenever you feel like a savory, spicy drink packed with flavor. Eddie Berman/E+/Getty Iages

    The ultimate drink for chilly mornings and watching the big game, the Bloody Mary is an ingenious creation that also comes in many varieties. You can make it as spicy as you like, mix in a different juice like Clamato, or switch out the vodka for another spirit.

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    Hot Buttered Rum - Popular Warm Rum Cocktail Recipe
    Smooth, creamy, and comforting, the Hot Buttered Rum is a popular cocktail for those cold nights. Richard Jung / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    Here we have the best fireside cocktail you will find. Sweet, spicy, and warm, it does not get much more relaxing than a ​Hot Buttered Rum after a long winter day. Here's the best part: you can make the batter ahead of time to make it even easier.

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    Classic Rusty Nail Cocktail
    Experiment with different Scotch whiskies in the easy and classic Rusty Nail. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios

    For a warm up on the rocks, this Scotch and Drambuie cocktail is an excellent idea. Despite being chilled, this easy, soothing drink does a nice job of warming your blood with its smoky, honeyed, herbal combination.

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    B&B Cocktail
    Quite simply brandy and Benedictine, the B&B is an iconic cocktail and a star in the bar. Steve Allen / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    Smooth and subtle. Choose a quality brandy for this drink as it can make or break the classic cocktail. It is one of the coziest of drinks, simply made of brandy and Benedictine, and is served at room temperature so you can hold the snifter without getting a chill.

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    Classic Manhattan Cocktail
    Pick up your favorite whiskey (rye, bourbon, Canadian, whatever) and mix up a Manhattan tonight. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios

    If you are looking for something in the realm of a Martini that is ideal for cold days, the Manhattan would have to be it. Make this with rye, bourbon, or Canadian whiskeys -- choosing only premium brands -- or try out another style of whiskey in the drinks below.

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    Classic Tom and Jerry Holiday Cocktail
    A holiday classic, you will find steaming mugs of Tom and Jerry throughout the Christmas season. James And James / Stockbyte / Getty Images

    The Tom and Jerry is a favorite for the holidays and there are still a few old-fashioned bars that will serve this up for patrons on special occasions. It is best described as a warm eggnog with both brandy and rum. It is a fantastic classic.

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    Toastie or Tomahawk Shot
    If you desire a truly tasty shot, the Tomahawk is the answer and you'll love the combination of cinnamon schnapps and amaretto. Rakoskerti / E+ / Getty Images

    A shot that is guaranteed to warm up your blood and taste great as well. The combination of cinnamon schnapps and amaretto is unbelievably smooth and satisfying and it is the one shot that I will never turn down.

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    Snowball Shooter
    A little mint and chocolate with your brandy shot? Try the tasty Snowball. Fuse / Getty Images

    On the other side of the shooter flavor spectrum, this fun little drink mixes two favorite flavors of winter to create a mint-chocolate shot. Brandy is the third ingredient and you can use your favorite peppermint schnapps and chocolate liqueur to complement it.