9 Winter Drinks To Make At Home


Written by Shannon Lawrence

Whether you’re having a few friends and family over for a holiday gathering, or just want to try a new winter/holiday recipe for fun by yourself, we’ve got you covered! We’ve split our list up into non-alcoholic and alcoholic recipes so that there is something for everyone. Some of these are classics (Hot Chocolate, Apple Cider, Eggnog), while others are a bit more unique (such as the Peppermint Julep). Enjoy these through the New Year (who says the holidays have to end in December?!) and spread the cheer. 


1. Eggnog Hot Chocolate

This super simple recipe combines two of our classic holiday favourites to give you that warm fuzzy feeling after the first sip. See the recipe here: Kleinworth & Co. 

2. Apple Pomegranate Mocktail

This drink not only looks good, but tastes amazing too. The combination of grenadine, cranberry juice, and apple cider makes this drink bright and fresh. See the recipe here: Dessert Chica

3. White Peppermint Chocolate Mocktini

Get festive with this fun and elegant drink! This recipe uses a white hot chocolate mix made with half and half for that creamy richness with a sharp dash of peppermint on the rim. See the recipe here: Thyme for Cocktails

4. Gingerbread Latte

Similar to the Starbucks favorite, but this one will taste better since it’s homemade! This recipe is made with a slow cooker, so you can just toss the ingredients in and let the cooker do its magic for you. See the recipe here: The Busy Baker

5. Peppermint Julep

This unique drink recipe swaps the mint in the classic mint julep with peppermint! It uses ginger ale for that sweet fizzy taste that can be enjoyed by all ages for the perfect family time! What better holiday gift is there? See the recipe here: This Worthy Life

6. Slow-Cooker Apple Cider

Sometimes the best drinks are the classics, and this one is simple and sure to warm you up. You can throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker, and then your guests can simply scoop out a cupful of their own when it's ready. See the recipe here: Country Living

7. Cranberry-Ginger Shrub

Here’s a fun drink that mixes holiday flavours for something that’s refreshing, and sweet but not too sweet. See the recipe here: Country Living

Alcoholic Drinks:

1. Mulled Wine

Large pot of warm mulled wine with orange peels, cinnamon and star anise.

One of the easiest holiday drink recipes, but also one of the most satisfying. Spice up your night by serving this warm, spiced-up version of your favourite red wine to make the evening just a little bit merrier. See the recipe here: The Modern Proper

2. Eggnog

This recipe combines a classic holiday drink with bourbon and dark rum to give it an extra kick. You can enjoy it right away, or wait a few months for its creamy complexity to fully kick in. See the recipe here: Alton Brown


Erickson, H. (2021). 10 festive holiday drinks. The Modern Proper. Retrieved January 1, 2022, from https://themodernproper.com/10-festive-holiday-drinks 

Larson, T. (2021, November 15). Welcome everyone to the holiday party with these fully sober Christmas drinks. Country Living. Retrieved January 1, 2022, from https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g29386984/non-alcoholic-christmas-drinks/