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After a long day in the cool winter weather, a warm beverage is a great addition to a perfect night spent curled up by the fireplace. A nice cup of hot chocolate might be the ticket, but why not kick some of your favorite heated childhood drinks up a notch? Here are a few adult takes on your favorite hot winter drinks!

Hot Apple Cider

Apple cider is one of our favorite drinks to warm ourselves up with this chilly season. This classic recipe uses lots of cinnamon and spice, but add one cup of spiced rum to warm you up even further! This hot apple cider is great for a group of people, or you could bottle the remainder up and warm up again another winter night. Plus, the recipe makes your house smell amazing!

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 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/2 gallon apple cider
15 cinnamon sticks, divided
5 whole cloves (or 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Star anise (optional)
1 (14-oz) bag mixed apple slices
1 cup spiced rum


Makes 12 servings

Prep time: 15 Minutes

  1. Peel and slice ginger; place in large saucepan. Stir in cider, three cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and one star anise if using; cover and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and remove cover; simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in one cup spiced rum

Serve hot. Garnish with remaining cinnamon sticks, apple slices and star anise if using.

Finish your night by adding these baked cinnamon apples to your menu with your hot apple cider.

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Chocolate Covered Cabernet

We couldn’t write a blog about warm cocktails without including a hot chocolate recipe. This hot chocolate is great for satisfying your sweet tooth. It also has cinnamon and minty undertones for additional flavor.

3 cups whole milk
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon dark cocoa powder
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch of salt
2 cups full bodied red wine
4 tablespoons marshmallow topping
1/4 cup peppermint pieces (optional)


Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 25 Minutes

  1. In large saucepot: Combine milk, chocolate chips, cocoa, cinnamon stick and salt. Heat on low, stirring constantly, 7–8 minutes being careful not to scorch chocolate, until milk starts to steam, but not simmer.
  2. Add wine; continue to stir over low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat. Ladle mixture evenly into four coffee mugs; top with one tablespoon marshmallow topping and peppermint pieces.

For extra sweetness, try these cookie recipes with your hot chocolate.

Espresso Old Fashioned

Calling all the coffee lovers out there! This take on an Old Fashioned recipe includes espresso!
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4 ounces espresso, warm
1 ounce bourbon
1/4 ounce simple syrup
2 dashes of bitters
Orange slice and maraschino cherry, for garnish


Makes 1 serving

Prep time: 5 Minutes

  1. Combine ingredients (except garnish).
  2. Top with whipped cream; garnish with a cherry

For more orange flavor, muddle some orange segments in glass before filling or top with some fresh, finely-grated orange zest.

Try out this easy, no bake recipe for tiramisu with your espresso!

Getting warm and cozy by the fireplace is just what the doctor ordered this winter. We hope you’re inspired to pull on some fuzzy socks and curl up with a warm drink this season. Let us know how you plan to kick your cold weather drinks up a notch in the comments below!

*Please drink responsibly- Be 21 or over.

Jackie J.

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Jackie J. became a Publix associate in 2017 after deciding to take her love of food to the next level. She began working with the Social Media team at that time and she immediately fell in love with life at Publix. In her spare time, she bakes to relax and creates yummy morsels for friends and family to munch on. When she isn’t working, you can probably find her playing with her cat and dog (Nila and Oreo), at a theme park or watching a Harry Potter Movie Marathon.

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