Cocktail Recipes for Chilly Days

Steaming water, honey, nutmeg and a generous pour of whiskey: These simple ingredients make up one of the most well-known and popular warm-spirit drinks—the hot toddy. Originally thought to be a cold cure-all, the toddy eventually evolved into a favorite cool-weather cocktail to be enjoyed with or without a case of the sniffles—the drink even has its own national holiday on Jan. 11.

The toddy is not alone in its strong seasonal appeal. Those who are delighted by the sight of cinnamon sticks and cloves know that ladling mulled wine, a mix of red wine, citrus and spices, into a glass is a holiday tradition for many. And the list of beloved choices goes on, from rich hot buttered rum to a tart hot cider.

At Montage Deer Valley, a range of hot drinks are available to guests from the nontraditional mocha rum toddy to the Vista Cocoa or any coffee drink with a splash of carefully selected whiskey. Meanwhile, at Montage Beverly Hills’ Georgie and The Garden Bar, mixologists craft singular heated cocktail offerings for the rare gloomy day.

For the talented bartenders at Montage Hotels & Resorts, the drink menu is always evolving, and that includes crafting new heated brews. So whether you’re relaxing after an afternoon of schussing down the slopes in Deer Valley or relishing a rainy day in Southern California, a creative hot aperitif is sure to warm you up from the inside out.

Here, we’ve put together recipes for some of Montage’s favorite warmed alcoholic drinks so that you can enjoy them at home this season.

Hot Cocktail Recipes:

Pumpkin Cider
Octagon Bar & Gathering Place, Montage Palmetto Bluff

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(Photo: Photography by Anne Inc.)

A different take on a classic drink, this cocktail is infused with pumpkin puree, vanilla vodka and apple cider. A warm mug of the flavorful bar choice enhances any winter afternoon or evening.

1.5 oz pumpkin puree
1.5 oz Stoli Vanilla Vodka
4 oz Charleston Apple Cider

In a saucepan, combine the pumpkin puree and apple cider and heat. Remove from heat and strain through a cheesecloth or fine mesh filter into mug. Add vanilla vodka, stir and enjoy.

Toasted Coconut
Cane & Canoe, Montage Kapalua Bay

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While the weather may never get too chilly at this tropical destination, the toasted coconut cocktail is still a hit. Coffee and nut flavors are served in a coconut mug with whipped cream, cinnamon and toasted coconut over the top for a tasty warm treat.

1.5oz Vodka
.75oz Kahlua
.75oz Frangelico
3oz of Coffee

Combine ingredients and serve in a mug (a coconut shaped one is ideal, of course). Add whipped cream, cinnamon and toasted coconut on top the top.

Hot Buttered Rum
Georgie, Montage Beverly Hills


The liquid version of comfort food, this holiday favorite combines butter, rum, cardamom bitters, a cinnamon stick and more. Served in an elegant Nick and Nora glass, the handcrafted cocktail hits the spot.

Small dollop of butter
1 oz Hot water
2 oz Ron Zacapa 23 Rum
.75 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
3 Dashes Scrappy’s Cardamom Bitters
1 Cinnamon stick (to grate and for garnish)

Place butter into a Nick and Nora glass, then pour hot water and stir until melted. Add rum, allspice and bitters. Grate cinnamon stick, give it a stir and garnish with the rest of the stick.

High West Spiced Cider
Apex, Montage Deer Valley

(Photo: Brandon Flint)

This classic spiced cocktail combines lemon juice, cold pressed apple cider and double rye whiskey from the nearby ski-in, ski-out High West Distillery, to create a balanced beverage. Enjoy the drink while relaxing by one of the restaurant’s outdoor fire pits.

1.5oz High West Double Rye
.25oz fresh lemon juice
5oz Red Barn Organic, Cold Pressed Apple Cider
6 inch cinnamon stick
Orange slice

In an Irish coffee mug, combine ingredients and garnish with a 6-inch cinnamon stick and orange slice.

By Briana Verdugo