Warm Drinks for Cold Days and Nights
With the colder weather here, do you find that you have changed things up a bit? Have you added an extra blanket to the bed? Are there more hearty meals on your menu? Have you stopped drinking iced coffees and gone back to your favorite hot mocha?
If the answer is, “Yes” – you’re not alone. This is just what happens when the weather gets cold.
And, if you’re looking for a few additional hot beverages to try this winter, here are a few recipes to try.
- Chai: Chai is a spicy tea that has gained popularity in recent years due to the health benefits that many believe it offers. This homemade Chai has all of the spices you would expect (star anise, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, peppercorns, and cardamon), along with your favorite black tea, whole milk, and sugar to taste.
- Spiced Orange Tea: If you love the taste of citrus combined with cinnamon and cloves, then this is the tea for you. It’s very refreshing with the taste of lemon and orange and can be served hot or cold – making it a great tea all year round.
- Hot Mulled Apple Cider: Hot Mulled Apple Cider is going to make your home smell fantastic when you make it! It has tons of spices and, of course, apple cider. And, while this is a non-alcoholic recipe, you could easily add a dark or spiced rum to this drink.
- Mulled Wine: If you’ve ever been to any of the European Christmas markets, you know that mulled wine is everywhere. It’s probably the most popular drink throughout the holiday season. This recipe is a fantastic recreation of those European mulled wines and can be made using red or white wine – depending on your preference.
- Homemade Hot Chocolate: Sure, you can pick up some packets of hot chocolate at the grocery store, but if you want rich and creamy – and oh, so chocolatey – hot chocolate, then try making this version. It has both cocoa powder and chocolate chips, and when you top it with marshmallows or whipped cream – it’s fantastic!
- Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate: While similar to the recipe above, there are a few notable changes when it comes to making Creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate. This recipe does call for the use of sweetened condensed milk, but the real difference is the addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper. Don’t worry! It’s not enough cayenne to make you reach for a glass of water, but it does enhance the chocolate flavor, and it adds just a tiny little “kick” to the recipe.
- Matcha Latte: Matcha is a type of green tea created by grinding young tea leaves into a very fine green powder. While Matcha is delicious as a tea, this Matcha Latte is really simple to put together and is a fabulous recipe if you’re looking for a new way to use that Matcha powder in your pantry.
- Pumpkin Spice Latte: People seem just a little happier when pumpkin spice lattes hit the menu at that famous coffee chain each fall. But why should they only be available to you then? When you make this recipe, you can have one any time you like!
- Best Irish Coffee: Looking for a delicious spiked coffee drink to serve with Sunday brunch? Then here it is! Pick up your favorite Irish Whiskey and make a pot of coffee – and you practically have everything you need!
What’s your favorite hot drink during the winter months? The next time you need a beverage to warm you up, try one of these. They will not disappoint!