5 Warm Cocktails to Ward Off the Winter Chill

If you plan to serve alcohol at your wedding, beer, wine, and bubbly pretty much go without saying. But if you’re tying the knot this winter, consider giving your guests a toasty treat in the form of a warm cocktail or two.

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You can keep things simple by offering one or two signature warm drinks at your bar, or make things interactive by setting up a station where guests can mix up their own—think coffee, warm apple cider, and hot chocolate, along with all the necessary mixers, like bourbon, Bailey’s, creme de menthe, whipped cream, and whatever else you like. Here are five warm cocktails to help guests ward off the chill at your winter wedding.


Boozy Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

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This warm, creamy cocktail by Minimalist Baker is a kicked-up take on classic hot chocolate. What’s in it? Oh, just white hot chocolate, pumpkin puree, Kahlua (or bourbon), pumpkin pie spice, whipped cream, and caramel. (What wedding cake?)


Kahlua Hot Chocolate

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You and your guests will have to get past a mound of mini-marshmallows drizzled in chocolate and caramel syrup to reach the thick, rich Kahlua-spiked hot chocolate below in this recipe by Damn Delicious, but we don’t think you’ll mind.


Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail

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Even on its own, thanks to its thick, sweet richness, honey has warming qualities. But mix it with bourbon, warm apple cider, and cinnamon in this recipe by Hello Natural and you’ll be feeling snug as a bug in seconds flat.


Irish Coffee

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Coffee and cake go together like PB&J or you and your groom, but your guests might skip the wedding cake course altogether when they see hot Irish coffee on the menu, like this one from Nutmeg Nanny. An old standby—and with good reason—it’s made with fresh, hot coffee, Irish whisky, brown sugar, and fluffy whipped cream.


Mulled Wine

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Many warm cocktails are rich, thick, or sweet—if not all three—but they don’t have to be. For those friends and family at your wedding who prefer something citrusy or spicy, add mulled wine, like this one by Gimme Some Oven, to your menu. This winter essential is bright, delicious, and beautiful, to boot.