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Discover your new favourite drink!

hot cocktails for winter weddingshot winter cocktailsTraditionally guests are given a glass of champagne, Buck’s Fizz or Pimms when they arrive at a wedding reception, but during January – when temperatures are on the cool side – I love to be handed something warm to sip on (especially after sitting through a rather chilly ceremony). So, if you are planning a January wedding, consider offering guests a welcome drink with a difference: hot cocktails!

We’ve gathered a few of our favourite hot cocktail recipes to inspire your January wedding planning! There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes here, and they can be adapted to fit in with your theme. Have the cocktails served warm by waiters, or you could set up a hot cocktail drink table, like this one with copper warming pots, which we found featured on StonewoodVintage:


Mulled Wine

Sometimes called Glühwein, mulled wine is red wine that’s been heated and mixed with sugar, spices (cinnamon, ginger, and cloves), and citrus slices. Jamie Oliver’s recipe has been tried and tested by moi on more than one occasion and it is scrummdiddlyumptious. This seasonal favourite is a sure-fire way to warm up your January wedding guests!


Salted Caramel Rum Hot Chocolate

So, I don’t know about you guys, but the title of this cocktail alone is enough to make me crave it! Adding a drop of rum into hot chocolate is an absolutely genius idea; after all if it was good enough for pirates it’ll be brilliant for your guests!  Try this recipe from BBC Good Food – it is delicious (don’t believe me, ask the dishes!).


Hot Gin Punch

A deliciously British tipple, gin is a classic cocktail base and this perfect punch will warm your January wedding well-wishers up in no time at all! Mixed with sherry, lemon juice and brown sugar this particular drink features in many a Dickens tale, and the beautiful botanical flavours in the gin will tickle your tastebuds.


Gingerbread White Russian

This yummy cocktail is nice cold, but it is even better when warmed up! The vodka and Kahlua blend beautifully with the sweet, gingery milkiness to make this cocktail ideal for warming up winter wedding guests!


Earl Grey Hot Toddy

This is a seriously classy take on the cheeky medicinal night-cap that you might be used to. This sweet tea with a kick is definitely one to warm up those winter wedding guests. You can use whisky or bourbon, whichever takes your fancy. I love this recipe and the way CarolinaGirlCooks serves it up too! Very pretty.


You could always go a little further and personalise one of these cocktails to your wedding theme. You might want to name them after you and your new spouse, or choose something that fits with your colour scheme.  Whatever you go for, your cold-handed guests will be very appreciative! Trust me!

Are you having hot cocktails at your wedding? Which devilishly delicious combo did you go for? Tell all – @wedven

You can find out other ways to keep your winter wedding guests warm here!




Siobhan Strode
Siobhan Strode

As a regular wedding attendee Siobhan is our lady on the inside! Married for 10 years to her childhood sweetheart, she's an editor and brings her knowledge and skills to all things wedding related.