Hot & Boozy Drinks for Your Holiday Menu


Tis the season for hot drinks! As your customers hit the shops and prep for the upcoming holidays. Why not help them defrost with an expanded hot beverage menu? There's nothing like winter drink features with delightful aromas to welcome customers the moment they open your door.


Here's a list of five classic hot drinks for the winter season.



1. Mulled Wine

Mulled wine – the most festive of all the hot holiday drinks. The flavors are bold and decisive, and it’s guaranteed to warm your customers.

Ladle out this yummy drink through a strainer, garnish with an orange slice and cinnamon stick, and watch your customers enjoy!



2. Classic Hot Toddy

The traditional toddy is made with whiskey, a dash of honey, a couple of cloves, boiling water and a slice of lemon. It’s dynamite. Show off your classic concoction by featuring this drink in a clear mug. As your servers deliver it to each table, nearby customers will appreciate the friendly reminder that toddies are always a good idea this time of year.



3. Canadiana Toddy

Friends in the great white north are in particular need of a yummy hot beverage when the cold wind is blowing! Take a page from your Canadian neighbors by adding the ultimate north-of-the-border flavor: maple syrup.


The Canadiana toddy is made with Crown Royal whiskey, Canadian maple syrup, black tea, and mulled spices. It’s a perfect combination of holiday flavor with a hit of sweetness.


4. Spanish Coffee

As the sun sets earlier during these winter nights, vitamin D levels are at a low and a boost of caffeine is a must to keep the night going!


Enter the Spanish Coffee: Top up a hot coffee with coffee liqueur and dark rum, then finish it with a heaping of whipped cream. Bonus points for a clear mug and a candy cane.



5. Peppermint Hot Chocolate

The holidays are not complete without this classic. Kick it up with a shot of Baileys and peppermint schnapps for a super sweet and candy cane hit. Sprinkle with crushed candy canes to top it off. 



Looking for more holiday inspiration? 

Read our Insider's Guide to Handling the Holidays at Your Restaurant.




About the Author

Zesty  Pear

Sarah and Scott (aka The Zesty Pear) are newly-weds who love exploring hot spots across North America and discovering the latest and greatest in food and drink. Their favourite moments occur when they are enjoying a new dish or sipping on drinks while laughing away with friends and family. In their eyes, the simple things are the special things.

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