Rug up and get cosy with these warming winter drinks

From a mulled wine and hot toddy to a boozy hot chocolate, these recipes will keep you warm all winter.

hot winter drink on table decorated with nuts and oranges

On a chilly winter evening, there’s nothing like curling up next to a fireplace or heater with a warm, sweet drink. If a cup of tea doesn’t cut it, then a bold (and boozy) hot mulled wine or a warm whisky mix-up might be the next best thing. 

“The best drinks to bring to the fireplace are simple ones with accessible ingredients for everyone,” says Le Petit Gateau café manager Alex Hall.

“The top of the list would be a hot toddy. Even the humblest home bartender will understand the components of this recipe and how to tweak it to their preferred taste,” says Alex, “Sipping a hot toddy transports us to a fireplace in a cabin in a far northern Scottish marsh, loch out one window, highland cow out the other.”

For those who love a sweet treat, Alex recommends the Winter Slipper. 

“Another favourite, the Winter Slipper, is something for sweet lovers. It’s definitely not traditional but it’s a drink all will enjoy,” says Alex, “It is good for a night cap, good with afternoon scones and a great recipe to replace your Sunday morning Milo!”

If it’s a traditional drink you’re after, then Bourke Street Green Bar Manager Rob Pierce suggests a spicy mulled wine with a warm fruity aroma. 

“Mulled wine is a great addition to any chilly night you might share with friends, whether it’s gathering around a fire or settling in for a games’ night,” Rob says. “The best part is it’s easy to make and you can change the recipe to whatever flavour profile you like. I personally like adding gin or amaretto to give it an extra kick.”

Hot Toddy

  • ¾ cup of water
  • 45ml whisky
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 lemon round
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional, for garnish)
  1. In a saucepan, bring the water to a simmer. Pour the hot water into a mug.
  2. Add the whisky, honey and lemon juice. Stir until the honey has disappeared into the hot water.  Add additional honey for more sweetness, and/or additional lemon juice for more zing.
  3. Garnish with a lemon round and cinnamon stick (if using). Enjoy!



Winter Slipper

  • 60ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 180ml milk
  • 40g white chocolate
  • nutmeg, cinnamon (optional)
  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan to just below boiling point.
  2. Add chopped white chocolate to saucepan and stir until chocolate is dissolved, add Baileys and stir until combined. 
  3. Put finished drink into your favourite mug, top with nutmeg or cinnamon. Turn on a fireplace simulation on Netflix and enjoy!
  4. For an extra special touch, reserve some white chocolate to grate on top.

Mulled Wine

  • 750ml local shiraz
  • 120ml of your favourite gin (I use Archie Rose from Sydney)
  • 150ml apple juice
  • 2 x star anise 
  • 2 x cinnamon sticks
  • 2 x dried juniper berries
  • cracked black pepper
  • 1 x green apple, thinly sliced, with skin on
  • Half an orange, thinly sliced, with skin on
  1. Cook all ingredients in a pot for 40min on low heat.
  2. Avoid bringing the mulled wine to a boil.

Other options: 

  • Replace the gin with amaretto liqueur or dark rum. 
  • Replace apple juice with orange juice. 



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