Hot drink recipes to beat the winter blues

These hot drink recipes from the Wallpaper* archives are a delicious remedy for the winter blues

Cup with milk
As originally featured in the January/February 2000 issue. Entertaining Director: Melina Keays. Prop Stylist: Cilla Göthlinder
(Image credit: Lasse Kärkkäinen)

For those of us facing wintery weather, we thought it was about time we dipped into the Wallpaper* archives to revisit this delicious selection of hot drink recipes. Easy to make and instantly comforting, these winter warmers – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic – are guaranteed to make getting through this dark, chilly season a little more bearable. Warm blackcurrant cordial with a tot of vodka, anyone? Cheers!

Apple warmer

Apple warmer hot drink in glass

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Ingredients: 4cl calvados, 10cl, 3 cloves, 1 tsp clear honey

Method: Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat without boiling. Strain into a heatproof glass. 

Milk & honey

Milk and honey hot drink in glass

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Ingredients: 20cl milk, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1-2 tsp clear honey

Method: Place the milk and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat slowly without boiling, whisk the milk if you like to create froth. Alternatively, steam the milk using a cappuccino machine. Pour into a heatproof glass and stir in the honey. 

Whisky toddy 


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Ingredients: 6cl whisky, juice of half a lemon, honey to taste, 7cl hot water 

Method: Put the whisky, lemon juice and honey in the glass and top up with the hot water. Stir and serve.

Café royale 

Café royale

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Ingredients: 6cl shot cognac, 2 tsp sugar, strong hot coffee, double cream 

Method: Pour the cognac into a glass, add the sugar, then top up with hot coffee to approximately one-and-a-half inches from the top of the glass. Stir well. 

Black Russian 

Black Russian

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Ingredients: 6cl blackcurrant cordial, 5cl vodka, hot water 

Method: Put the cordial and vodka in a glass, top up with hot water and serve. 

Melina Keays is the entertaining director of Wallpaper*. She has been part of the brand since the magazine’s launch in 1996, and is responsible for entertaining content across the print and digital platforms, and for Wallpaper’s creative agency Bespoke. A native Londoner, Melina takes inspiration from the whole spectrum of art and design – including film, literature, and fashion. Her work for the brand involves curating content, writing, and creative direction – conceiving luxury interior landscapes with a focus on food, drinks, and entertaining in all its forms