5 Classic Hot Beverages for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and festive celebrations. For many, it’s a time for cozy nights in, sitting by the fire, and enjoying a hot beverage. 

While hot cocoa may be the classic wintertime staple, there are many other hot beverages to enjoy during the holidays. Whether you’re looking for a treat to sip on while decorating the tree or a drink to enjoy while cozying up with a good book, you will find plenty of great options. 

Their soothing aromas and comforting flavors make the perfect accompaniment to the holiday season. So, gather your ingredients and whip up one of these hot drinks to get the most out of the holiday season.

Classic Hot Beverages for the Holiday Season 1

Hot Chocolate

A classic wintertime drink that will bring a smile on anyone’s face is hot chocolate. This delicious beverage is sure to be a hit, made with milk or cream, cocoa powder, or melted chocolate. 

Hot chocolate is a cozy drink that can be made with various flavorings, from peppermint to vanilla to cinnamon and even chili, for a unique twist on the classic. The topping possibilities for hot chocolate are endless – from marshmallows to whipped cream to crushed candy canes. 

You can also crush some dark roasted coffee beans and add them for that deep flavor. Hot chocolate is the perfect treat to enjoy around a fire or while snuggled up under a blanket.

Apple Cider

Number two on our list is a classic: apple cider. This sweet and tart beverage is a staple of the season. It can be spiced with cinnamon, cloves, and other festive spices or left as is for a simple yet delicious treat. 

Apple cider pairs perfectly with a selection of holiday snacks, from donuts to cookies, and is sure to leave your family and friends feeling festive.

Mulled Wine

Nothing says “holiday season” like a mug of mulled wine. This beloved hot beverage is made with red wine and various spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger. You can also add some citrus zest and sweeten it with sugar or honey. 

Mulled wine is traditionally served hot, filling your home with a warm and comforting aroma. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a great way to get a holiday buzz.

Irish Coffee

A classic wintery favorite, Irish coffee is a delicious beverage made with freshly brewed hot coffee, a shot of Irish whiskey, a spoonful of brown sugar, and a generous topping of freshly whipped cream. 

It’s the perfect way to get cozy on a cold winter night, and the sweet and creamy combination of flavors will satisfy even the most discerning coffee lover. 

Use dark-roasted coffee beans for your drink if you want something stronger. Make Irish Coffee with quality whiskey to get the best flavor.

Hot Toddy

Made with a combination of hot water, honey, whiskey, and lemon juice (optional), a hot toddy is a cozy and comforting drink perfect for sipping while curled up by the fire. It’s also said to have medicinal properties. 

Thanks to the whiskey, which acts as an expectorant and is thought to relieve congestion. To make your own, mix 2 ounces of whiskey with one tablespoon of honey, 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, and 8 ounces of hot water. 

Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a lemon wedge, and enjoy!


The holiday season is a time to enjoy classic hot beverages that will keep you warm and cozy. From coffee to hot chocolate, these hot beverages can bring joy to any holiday gathering. Whether you are looking for something sweet or a more classic taste, you will find something to please everyone in your family. The holidays should be a time for celebration and what better way to do that than with a classic hot beverage?

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at momooze.com. She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.