We’ve avoided the sleeping bag jackets and Bean Boots as long as we can. Now that we’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s fully winter, here are the best cocktails to keep you warm and buzzy.

MULLED WINE

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Malbec
    1/4 cup of brandy
    1/4 cup of honey
    8 cloves
    2 cinnamon sticks
    2 star anise
    1 sliced orange

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Strain, serve and enjoy! (Serves 4)

APPLE CINNAMON HOT TODDY

Ingredients:

2 oz apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
2 cloves
1/2 tbsp honey
1 oz honey
1/2 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

In a saucepan bring cider and spices to a boil. Remove from heat and strain into a glass or mug. Stir in honey, whiskey, and lemon juice and enjoy!

RED WINE HOT CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

2/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 cups Merlot
1 cup milk
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Orange zest

Directions:

Combine chocolate chips, merlot, milk and sugar in a saucepan until melted. Stir in vanilla extract and garnish with orange zest.

HOT HONEY LEMON

Ingredients:

2 oz honey
1 cup water
1 lemon, zest and wheel
1 cinnamon sticks
1 oz vodka

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat combine honey, water, lemon zest, and cinnamon sticks. Stir and simmer for about 30 minutes. Pour into a mug and add vodka. Stir and garnish with lemon wheel.