Hot Cocktails for Chilly Winter Nights

A beautiful home, beside a clear reflective lake, and the perfect setting for enjoying cocktails from Andrea Correal of Elegant Affairs. Photo by Ian Keefe on Unsplash.

Hot Cocktails for Chilly Winter Nights

Food & Drink

Hot Cocktails for Chilly Winter Nights


We’ve regularly featured recipes and entertaining tips from Andrea Correale, found and president of Elegant Affairs. With more than 20 years of producing custom-designed, award-winning events in New York for celebrities like Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon and Liam Neeson—she’s become one of our go-to resources for fabulous food and cocktail ideas, as well as overall entertaining tips.

Today, Andrea brings us cocktails designed to warm up those chilly Winter nights. They’re perfect for entertaining friends or enjoying while binging on your favorite programs. —Editor

Spiked Hazelnut Gingerbread Hot Cocoa


2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 pinch salt

1 cup milk or cream

3 tablespoons gingerbread syrup

1 tablespoon Frangelico

Whipped cream and 2 tablespoons hazelnut spread (to top)


In saucepan, heat milk until hot, do not let boil. Whisk in the coca, salt, sugar, milk and other ingredients until fully melted and creamy. Top with whipped cream and hazelnut spread.

Spiked Cinnamon Chai Lattes


2 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon chili powder

3 ounces hot coffee

2 ounces chocolate vodka

1 ounce Kahlua

1 ounce Baileys

Splash of Milk

Whipped cream for serving


In your favorite coffee mug, stir together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and chili powder. Add in hot coffee, vodka, Kahlua and Baileys. Stir until dissolved. Stir in milk. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cranberry Mulled Wine


1-1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail

1/2 cup sugar

2-4 cinnamon sticks

2-3 pieces star anise

3-4 cups dry red wine

1/2 cup fresh cranberries


In a saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. Add in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.


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