Cozy Winter Drinks to Warm the Soul

Winter calls for cozy. When it's cold outside, cuddling up inside with a decadent drink is a special indulgence. Whether you're enjoying some quiet time in front of the fire or entertaining friends, there are winter hot cocoa and cocktail recipes that highlight the season's best flavors—all brought to you by Reddi-wip®.

1. Irish Coffee

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Perfect for a lazy Saturday morning, this Irish Coffee has a not-so-secret ingredient that will make you feel like you have a live-in barista: it's the Reddi-wip Barista Series Sweet Foam Coffee Topper. Simply brew your favorite coffee, pour it into your favorite mug, add a little brown sugar and whisky, and give it that decadent finish. If you're hosting out-of-town guests, this is a warm winter cocktail welcome as they wake up on a chilly morning. Waffles and scrambled eggs optional.

2. S’mores Hot Chocolate

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Maybe it’s too cold for that crackling campfire right now—but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a taste of your favorite fireside sweet treat! Marshmallows are already a must-have for a good mug of cocoa, so S’mores Hot Chocolate is a no-brainer. Craft the perfect winter indulgence with Swiss Miss® Non-Dairy Hot Cocoa, a graham cracker rim, marshmallow crème, Reddi-wip, and, of course, your very own s’more to garnish. The only question is: Are you on team burnt or lightly toasted?

3. Double Chocolate Cinnamon Spiked Hot Cocoa

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Hot cocoa is a go-to for anyone who has just finished an afternoon of skiing, sledding, or ice skating, and the addition of cinnamon whiskey in this Double Chocolate Cinnamon Spiked Hot Cocoa gives it a little extra kick. You can use your favorite hot cocoa mix to start—try swapping the Swiss Miss Double Chocolate for Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation or Swiss Miss Rich Chocolate. Then top it with Reddi-wip or to really put the "double" in "double chocolate", layer on some Chocolate Reddi-wip and enjoy one of the best warm winter cocktails you'll enjoy this season.

If you prefer peppermint to cinnamon, use Peppermint Schnapps instead of cinnamon whiskey, and you'll have yourself some Dark Chocolate Peppermint Spiked Hot Cocoa. With Reddi-wip and a few candies, you can easily make this Frozen Snowman Topper for your favorite hot cocoa. It's simple: smooth a dollop of Reddi-wip on top of the mug and create a face with the candies! It's a good bit of whimsical fun to give your drink that finishing touch.

4. Loaded Hot Cocoa

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You’ve seen loaded milkshakes—but have you seen Loaded Hot Cocoa? This decadent treat is almost as much fun to assemble as it will be to consume: You’ll decorate your favorite mug of cocoa with a melted chocolate and rainbow sprinkle rim, fill it up with a steaming batch of Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix, and top it all off with a one-of-a-kind dessert “kabob” made with a donut hole, a chocolate truffle, and a jumbo marshmallow. Feel free to experiment with other holiday sweet treats you have in the kitchen already (we could totally see an iced sugar cookie in the mix, too) and see who can stack their mug the highest with toppings.

5. Hot Spiced Cider

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Picking apples with the kids, baking apple pies with grandma, sipping cider around the holiday table—the taste and smell of apples and cinnamon warms any home. For this recipe, simply heat your apple cider over the stove with some cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and ground allspice.

For Spiked Hot Spiced Cider, add a shot of cinnamon whiskey or bourbon, or even some sparkling wine. When you're ready to serve it, a tablespoon of Reddi-wip Barista Series Nitro Coffee Creamer in each glass will give your cider a rich, creamy texture that truly sets it apart. This warm cocktail works across seasons—you can whip up your first batch as the leaves start to turn in the fall and keep making it until spring!

6. Hot Chocolate “Milk” and Cookies

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Cookies and cream—it’s a combination as classic as peanut butter and jelly. While you might reach for the ice cream flavor when the weather’s warm, this decadent hot cocoa means you can enjoy this delicious flavor mashup all winter long. You’ll find cookie in every sip (or bite!) of this plant-based creation, from ground chocolate sandwich cookies mixed right into your non-dairy Swiss Miss to the cookie rim, crumble topping, and a cookie skewer for good measure. Top it all off with a generous whoosh of Reddi-wip and mini chocolate chips and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

7. PEPPERMINT HOT COCOA BOMBS

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OK, we’ve already covered a few genius toppings and add-ins to give your cocoa a little gourmet flair. Now, how about an adorable way to make your cozy treat? Enter: hot cocoa bombs! These Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bombs have everything you need for a mug of minty, chocolatey goodness in a perfectly wrapped (and edible!) package. You’ll use a sphere ice cube tray to make a chocolate mold, then fill it up with crushed candy canes, sprinkles, and Swiss Miss® mix. Seal it up with a little more melted chocolate and you’re good to go! Stick it in your mug, pour warm milk over top, and watch the shell magically “explode” to reveal all the goodies within.

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