8 Winter Cocktails to Warm You Up

As temperatures drop, it’s time for a relaxing winter vacation accompanied by a cozy cocktail! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the perfect location to enjoy the winter spirit…and a winter spirit, served hot or on the rocks. Here is a list of our favorite seasonal concoctions!

Hint: Want to have fun while getting supplies? Visit the Sugarland Distilling Company in Gatlinburg for hand-crafted moonshine and whiskey for you to enjoy responsibly. If you’re after a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for your mulled wine, hit the Rocky Top Wine Trail where you can explore various wineries in the Smokies.


  1. Spiced Irish Coffee

Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

Brew this classic drink to put a little pep in your step on a chilly evening!  This Cup of Joe has it all; the whiskey makes you feel like you’ve just traveled to Dublin, and the whipped cream and nutmeg creates a feeling of comfort. Getting too close to bedtime? Substitute decaf coffee or hot chocolate. Full Recipe Here.

  1. Warm Mulled Wine

mulled wine, spices and orange on wooden background

When the weather outside is frightful, a glass of mulled wine is delightful! Lift your spirits with this warm beverage that includes a plethora of tastes like clove, cinnamon, and apple. It’s the perfect drink to enjoy fireside. Add orange peels as a festive topping. Full recipe here.

  1. Mexican Hot Cocoa


This drink recipe is so simple; the hardest part is waiting for it to cool down! Adding ingredients such as cayenne pepper and tequila to your childhood favorite may sound strange, but it creates a zesty combination. Savor this treat with a blanket and colorful mug. Recipe via Self.com

  1. Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy

Traditional hot toddy winter drink with spices recipe. Healthy organic homemade holiday celebration beverage in glass. Vintage wooden background. Rustic style.

Feeling chilled? This cocktail is known as a remedy for the common cold, but fortunately you don’t have to feel under the weather to enjoy its warm, tasty goodness. There are many variations of toddies, but most include whiskey, honey, and lemon juice. Winter just got a whole lot toastier! Recipe via BonAppetit.

  1. Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum cocktail with cinnamon for Christmas and winter holidays

Pumpkin is a staple of fall and winter treats, so why not add rum? This snug mixed drink packs in a lot of flavor by using various pumpkin pie spices that are sure to delight. Mix it up by using pumpkin puree for a thicker, creamier beverage. Via TheKitchn.com

  1. White Christmas Sangria

Holiday cranberry sangria with apples and cinnamon.

Not all winter drinks have to be warm. With fresh winter-inspired flavors such as cranberry, rosemary, and grapes, your loved ones will adore this refreshing beverage. If the drink isn’t beautiful enough presented in a tall glass with colorful fruit, you can use sugar as a topping on the rosemary to mimic a light dusting of snow on a pine tree. There…you’re basically Martha Stewart now! Full Recipe Here.

  1. Sparkling Hot Apple Cider

Apple cider with cinnamon sticks in glasses decorated with autumn yellow leaves

For a warm drink on a cold day, fill up your cup with this vintage favorite. This boozy drink mixes cinnamon, brown sugar, and dark rum for a tasty treat. Tip: Keep the cider warm in a crockpot so your group can sip leisurely throughout the evening. Recipe via FoodNetwork.com

  1. Gingerbread Martini with Peppermint

holiday martini with a sugar rim and lime and orange zest on top served on a table with decorations

Want to whip up a drink that doubles as dessert? Create a heavenly cocktail with all the flavors of the holidays such as gingerbread, peppermint, and Kahlua! The floating gingerbread man topping is as adorable as it is delicious. Via Eat-Drink-Love.

Now all you need is a snowy mountain setting for your cocktails. Take a look at our charming Smoky Mountains Vacation Rentals for ideas!