9 Of The Best Warming Après-ski Drinks

Hot Bone-warming Après-ski Drinks

After a day of hitting the slopes and shredding snow, there’s nothing better than a nice warm drink to drive the chill from your bones! Après-ski (literally “after ski”) drinks are warming and comforting, often with a little kick to perk you up. They’re the perfect option to share with that special someone in your chalet, or to enjoy with your friends.

Below, we have a few of the best après-ski drinks recipes you can make wherever you are. Some are simple and require very few ingredients, while others are ideal for those who like to get fancy and make elegant cocktails and drinks.

Enjoy these warming, soothing après-ski drinks not only after a day of snow sports, but on any winter evening when you’re feeling a bit chilly.

1. Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

The Hot Toddy is a classic après-ski drink, but did you know it’s also useful as a remedy for colds and coughs?

If you’re worried you got a little TOO chilled during your day on the slopes or your snowfight, have this delicious drink to warm up.


  • 30 ml  whiskey
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 120ml  water
  • ½ lemon

To begin, boil the water. Pour the whiskey into a tea cup, and add in the honey and the lemon juice. Once the water is boiling, add to your tea cup. Stir well, let it cool a minute or two, and enjoy.

2. Dutch Tea

Dutch Tea

Dutch Tea is a fun alternative to Hot Toddy. It combines the energizing kick of Pu-Erh tea with vodka, giving you a drink that will perk you up and warm you to your bones.

But the fact that it’s CHOCOLATE vodka makes this an even more delectable cocktail. It’s rich, sweet, and thick, making it one of the best après-ski drinks for you to enjoy.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • Pu-Erh tea leaves (enough for 1 cup of tea)
  • 60 ml chocolate vodka
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • (optional) Heavy cream

Place the Pu-Erh tea leaves into your cup and leave to brew for 3-5 minutes.

In a separate mug pour the chocolate vodka, and add in the teaspoon of sugar. Pour in the tea until the cup is ¾ of the way full, and stir well to mix in the vodka and sugar. Taste, and add more vodka, tea, or sugar as desired.

To make this truly decadent, add a dollop of heavy cream to the top. The creaminess will enhance the chocolate flavour!

(Recipe courtesy of Bar None Drinks)

3. Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

This may sound like an odd mixture, but wait until you try it! The richness of the chocolate blends perfectly with the heavy flavour of the red wine, giving you a drink that will warm you to the bones. Definitely one of the après-ski drinks recipes to try!


For this recipe, you will need:

  • Cocoa powder
  • 240ml milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Red wine (not too dry)

Place the milk on the stove to heat, and stir in the cocoa powder, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Be careful not to  let the milk boil, and take the milk off the heat as it begins to simmer.

Once the milk is warmed, add in roughly ½ small glass of red wine. Stir well to mix, let it sit for a minute to warm up the wine, and enjoy. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon onto the hot chocolate for extra flavour.

(Recipe courtesy of Home Cooking Adventure)

4. Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

If you need a real “kick” after a day of skiing, nothing beats an Irish coffee. The caffeine will wake you up for a night of partying, and the Irish whiskey will get you in the mood for fun. A winter drink you can’t help but love.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 125ml hot coffee
  • 45ml Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Cold whipped cream

To begin, make sure the coffee is fresh out of the pot. If that means setting on a fresh batch of coffee, so be it! The hotter the coffee, the better.

Pour the coffee into a mug, add in the Irish whiskey and sugar, and stir gently. Once the sugar has dissolved into the mixture, add a tablespoon of cold whipped cream atop the coffee.

(Recipe courtesy of SkiNet)

5. Scotch


It may not seem like the perfect après-ski drinks recipe, but wait until you have some after a day in the snow. Scottish whisky (note the e is dropped! Whiskey spelt with an e is either Irish or American) aka scotch is able to soothe your aches and pains, and it can even “numb” your skin to the cold.

To make the perfect après-ski Scotch , pour two fingers of your favourite smoky Scotch whisky into a tumbler, and add just a splash of regular drinking water to unlock the flavours of the whisky. NO ICE!!!

Kick back, sip slowly, and enjoy the soothing, warming Scotch.

6. Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Yes, this is as decadent as it sounds! It’s rich, creamy, and beautifully warming, and it will be just what you need after a few hours in the cold. There are dozens of variations on the drink, but the recipe below is the one we enjoy best!


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 60ml honey
  • 130g brown sugar
  • 110g unsalted butter
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cloves
  • 180ml spiced rum (Captain Morgan works beautifully)
  • 470ml water

To begin, boil the water.

Use an electric mixer to combine the honey, brown sugar, and butter. Add in half a teaspoon of cinnamon, a quarter teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves.

Once the mixture is properly stirred, add in the rum. Once the water is boiling, add it into the mixture, stir well, and serve.

Serves 4.

(Recipe courtesy of the Food Network)

7. Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine is the perfect way to turn an open bottle of red wine into something magical!


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 orange or clementine
  • 1 lemon
  • Sugar
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • Organic vanilla extract (or, even better, vanilla pods)
  • Star anise

As the wine is heating, peel the orange and lemon (using a peeler). Try to keep the peels in large chunks, and drop them into the pot.

Squeeze in the orange juice, and add in 2/3 tablespoon of cinnamon, 6-8 whole cloves, ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg, a couple of star anise, and 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Add in the sugar, and keep stirring until the wine boils. Remove the pot from the stove, let cool slightly, and enjoy.

8. Hot Honey Lemon and Vodka

Hot Honey Lemon and Vodka

On cold, sick days, there was nothing better than a cup of lemon tea with honey. By adding vodka, you get the perfect kick!


For this recipe, you will need:

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 30ml vodka
  • 470ml water 

Boil the water.

Pour the vodka into a cup, squeeze in the lemon juice, and add in the honey. Pour the hot water over it all, mix, and enjoy.

9. Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate

Tequila Mint Hot Chocolate

This is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! This cocktail is absolutely divine, and the perfect way to ward off the winter chill.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • Cocoa powder
  • Sugar
  • 700ml milk
  • Chocolate chips (milk and bittersweet)
  • 120ml tequila
  • 60ml peppermint schnapps
  • Whipped cream

To begin, place the milk on the stove, and add in ¼ cup of cocoa powder and 125ml of milk and bittersweet chocolate chips. Place on medium heat and stir constantly.

When the chocolate is melted and the milk is hot, add in the peppermint schnapps and tequila. Serve into cups and top with whipped cream.

(Recipe courtesy of Serious Eats)

These are more than just great après-ski drinks – they’ll also get you in the mood for the Alpine Ball party JD Parties is hosting in Liverpool this year. You can have the time of your life while staying warm and toasty with a nice hot cocktail in your hand!

What did you think of these après-ski drinks recipes? Did you try them all, or did you find one you particularly liked? Drop a comment below and let us know…