We’re willing to bet you’re all about that spiked hot chocolate and hot toddy life during the colder months, but we’re about to rock your world with a whole new treasure trove of winter cocktails. Mulled wine may sound like a nasty drink they guzzled back in the Middle Ages, but it’s actually a truly tasty drink that’ll warm your cold winter bones — and give you a pretty healthy buzz in the process.
Mulled drinks vary in their ingredient lists, but the process of making them is pretty much the same. Add a combination of wine, juice, liquor and aromatics to a pot, and simmer until fragrant. The longer you simmer, the stronger the flavor of the spices and add-ins will be. In general, 20 to 30 minutes of simmering is ideal. Strain, and serve in a mug you can wrap your hands around to keep warm.
Here are 10 tempting booze brews to try out all through the winter season.
Originally published December 2015. Updated November 2017.