There's nothing like a hot cocktail to warm up after a long day—it's basically "hygge," the Danish word for cozy, in a cup. They're also the perfect way to celebrate the start of fall, a season that calls for more time spent indoors, whether on quiet evenings with loved ones or hosting and attending more cocktail parties.
To help spread the cheerful autumn spirit (you'll also definitely want to keep these recipes around when we're knee-deep in winter), we found nine delicious hot cocktails to make at home. Some are light, easy, and healthy, while others are decadence incarnate. Each recipe is also delicious when made the virgin way if you feel like sipping on something warm but want to forgo the boozy element. So without further ado, take a look at these yummy hot cocktail recipes (or try these mulled winerecipes) below and start brewing your own heavenly elixirs for fall.
Spiked Apple Cider
Apple picking is just about the best fall activity there is, and what better way to unwind after a long day on an apple orchard than sipping on a warm spiked cider? This recipe from A Couple Cooks calls for cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, apple cider, and hot rum for soothing, spicy beverage.
Pomegranate Bourbon Cocktail
This handsome looking drink is both cozy and highly sophisticated, making it the perfect drink to serve at a fall and winter cocktail party. Brought to us by A Couple Cooks, this warming cocktail is complete with pomegranate syrup, apple cider, bourbon, orange peel, and cinnamon sticks.
Dublin-Style Irish Coffee
This Dublin-style Irish coffee recipe from Salt and Wind is a game changer. Neither too sweet nor too boozy, it strikes the perfect balance you're looking for when you order an Irish coffee at a bar. The trick is that you flambée the entire drink, which gives is a much more balanced flavor. It's made with Irish whiskey, a shot of espresso, fresh ground nutmeg, and a touch whipped cream and brown sugar.
The Modern Proper describes its mulled wine recipe as "a heavenly medley of wine and spices with a hint of fruit, steeped over the stove until bursting with flavor." Sign us up. And though it tastes as delightful as a craft cocktail masterpiece, it's actually quite easy to make, taking just about 30 minutes of your time.
Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Toddy
Aromatic and delicious, this hot toddy recipe from Half Baked Harvest is a combination of your favorite wellness tea and go-to cocktail. It calls for lemon juice, honey, water, orange slices, cinnamon, and bourbon. Make this if you want to keep things simple without compromising flavor.
Decadent Spiked Hot Cocoa
If you have a sweet tooth, this is the hot cocktail beverage you've been waiting for. Super decadent and sugary, this spiked hot cocoa recipe with spiked eggnog marshmallows from Half Baked Harvest is a dessert lover's dream. It has Kalua, hazelnut liqueur, coconut milk, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, and whipped cream for topping... And then there are the marshmallows, which are homemade with eggnog, maple syrup, coconut rum, vanilla bean, and more.
Chai Tea Nightcap
Slightly sweet and just as delicious yet much simpler than the former hot cocktail, this recipe from Half Baked Harvest is made with chai tea, milk, cinnamon, ginger, honey, and a good splash of bourbon. Together, they make the perfect nightcap.
Smoked Whiskey Cider
Smoky and cinnamon-spiced, this hot cocktail recipe from Salt and Wind is full of soul in every sip. It's made with unfiltered apple cider, whole apples, cloves, cinnamon sticks, orange, honey, smoked tea, and aged whiskey.
Spiked Mexican Hot Cocoa
Ready for something a little more decadent? Look no further than this spiked Mexican chocolate hot cocktail from Salt and Wind. It's exactly what you'd get if your favorite tequila drink joined forces with hot cocoa and churros. You can make it with almond milk or whole milk then add in vanilla bean, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and a high-quality tequila.