There's no better way to warm up your guests this winter season than with a hot drink—made with or without the booze.
Of course, iconic wintertime drinks like hot chocolate and hot toddies are always a people-pleasing go-to, plus they can easily be upgraded with the addition of premium spirits. Chatham Bars Inn’s master mixologist Adam Couto said that guests “get very creative” when ordering the Cape Cod hotel’s hot chocolate, adding different spirits to the classic drink, including Baileys or Kahlua, bourbon, and brandy. “We’re also seeing many requests for hot toddies and whiskey, especially bourbon.” Couto added that he recommends warm drinks as an aperitif to start a meal or to finish with hot chocolate as dessert.
"You can never go wrong with spicing up the classics for a good winter cocktail,” added Susan Lacz, principal and CEO of Ridgewells Catering. “Mexican hot chocolate has been a favorite this year. With a dash of cinnamon and cayenne, a little high quality tequila, and topped with marshmallows, it's a cozy drink with a kick that feels both familiar and fresh.” Although not a hot drink, Ridgewells Catering’s champagne and St. Germain snow cone cocktail looks like winter in a glass, and “it's just fun to drink—or eat,” Lacz quipped.
Here are some more ideas for hot cocktails and beverages—including several non-alcoholic options—from spirit brands, catering companies, hotels, and restaurants that will help keep your event guests toasty this season...