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Wine Enthusiast Podcast: Don’t Overthink Hot Cocktails

Illustration by Rachel Joan Wallis

While the idea of a warm alcoholic beverage might be generally unappealing to some, there are classics, like the hot toddy or mulled wine, that have stood the test of time and proven themselves to be very necessary wintertime staples.

In this episode, we’re trying to shake off the remaining days of winter by warming up with a tasty hot drink.

Senior Digital Editor Dylan Garret, who happens to be a former bartender, and Spirits Editor Kara Newman have a very real, very candid conversation about the powers—and pitfalls—of this unique category of beverage enjoyment. This lively exchange covers the fun, the fandom, the failures, the fantasies and just about everything else in between when it comes to hot drinks.

To fortify yourself through these last weeks of winter, be sure to check out these 11 hot cocktails for cold winter days, 8 warm whiskey cocktails, or consider where you stand on the hot buttered rum debate by checking out the recipe here.