As I write this, I’m curled up in a blanket in front of the fireplace. yet Don’t expect it to melt completely the moment you step outside. My morning coffee was helpful, but the pot has dried out, so I’m ready for another cozy bev. For that reason, I would have stockpiled a cozy drink to sip on throughout the day. Thankfully, there are many simple, homemade options that I can mix and match.
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The best hot drinks to keep you comfortable all winter long
Hot drinks at this time of year have something special. There’s something special about everything this time of year, but with a steaming mug in hand, things certainly feel festive. Tree pruning calls for a mug of hot cocoa, and happy hour trades mulled wine for hot toddies and cold cocktails. I can do it. That’s what this season is all about. If you need the best hot drinks to drink this season, we’ve got you covered. From hot chocolate to apple cider, this list has every elf in your life. We have something fun for you. Happy shipping!
hot chocolate recipe
boozy peppermint hot chocolate
Why we love it: This Boozy Peppermint Hot Chocolate combines two party favorites: a dessert and a cocktail. It’s one of those adorable shapes, and it’s exactly what you want to drink this holiday season. This is definitely a luxury, so be prepared not to bar holds.
Hero Ingredients: This recipe is equally delicious without alcohol.
adaptogenic hot chocolate
Why we love it: At the other end of the hot chocolate spectrum, this adaptogenic hot chocolate takes a more earthy, healthier approach. Instead of getting pumped up by sugar, you’ll experience relaxation and zen thanks to adaptogens.
Hero Ingredients: You can make this in advance as a mix! Hi, I just upgraded my packet hot cocoa.
Why we love it: vegan, dairy-free, When It’s as rich and indulgent as the typical hot chocolate mug. I think yes This healthier hot chocolate uses raw cocoa powder, maca powder, almond milk, maple syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon to create the perfect chocolate flavor. Not your typical Swiss Miss cup, but I highly recommend taking the plunge. I am glad that you did.
Hero Ingredients: Don’t even think about skipping the salt. One pinch and you have all the flavors of this hot chocolate pop.
Why we love it: Classic hot chocolate gets an upgrade in the form of spice with this Mexican Hot Chocolate. With a mix of chili powders that add subtle accents to the chocolate, you’re in for a treat. It’s a thing.
Hero Ingredients: I recommend playing around with the spices until you find the perfect ratio.
Why we love it: Turmeric is always a good idea, especially this time of year, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re serving a large crowd, try simmering a large pot of turmeric-infused almond milk on the stove.
Hero Ingredients: Using the pot method gives you the added bonus of making your whole kitchen smell of the holidays.
Why we love it: Chamomile, lavender and a touch of vanilla combine to give this latte the perfect chill-out vibe. It’s what you want to drink in front of the fireplace after a stressful day of holiday planning.The calming properties of chamomile and the relaxing tendencies of lavender will literally put you to a good night’s sleep. There is nothing but admiration for this.
Hero Ingredients: If you have fennel seeds on hand, add a pinch of fennel to your tea for a divine, subtle aniseed flavor.
Why we love it: There is nothing more comforting than salted caramel and coffee. It’s a festive change of pace from your typical cup of Joe and looks so glamorous in a mug. Perfect for having fun. Light the fireplace, kick your feet up and savor the season.
Hero Ingredients: This is definitely sweet, so feel free to adjust the sweetness to your liking.
Why we love it: You may have heard names like almond milk, oat milk, and cashew milk. But have you ever had pecan milk? If you’ve got one, you’re no stranger to decadence. don’t be scared. It’s much easier than you think.
Hero Ingredients: The chai tea contains a lot of spices. A perfect combination of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and black pepper. Hmm.
Why we love it: This recipe makes a luscious golden milk concentrate that can be kept on hand for up to five days. Turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon have many health benefits, and black pepper brings them to the fore. It’s easy to make, easy to enjoy, and just eating it makes you feel happy.
Hero Ingredients: I use oat or almond milk to accentuate the vanilla flavor of the concentrate, but soy and regular milk work wonders here too.
Why we love it: Our food editor, Suruchi, created this recipe as a tribute to the masala chai she enjoyed growing. She likens the feeling of drinking it to “getting a cup hug from your aunt,” which convinced me.
Hero Ingredients: Hand grinding the spices is the biggest difference. If you have the ability, we highly recommend performing this additional step.
Why we love it: All it takes is 20 minutes and a handful of ingredients to make your chai dream come true. This makes for a delicious whole pot that can be savored on its own or with your favorite baked goods.
Hero Ingredients: A little bit of sugar can be added to soften the bitterness of the spices.
Why we love it: This chai tea recipe may be one of the easiest, but we never sacrifice quality for simplicity. We use chai tea bags, but there are some upgrades that help bring out the most authentic chai flavor. , and finish with a frothy vanilla milk that takes things to the next level.
Hero Ingredients: Sprinkle with cinnamon or star anise for a fragrant treat.
apple cider recipe
Why we love it: This hot apple cider is popular on all levels. First of all, it contains no added sugar. And second, it only takes four ingredients and 20 minutes. !
Hero Ingredients: Without sugar, this apple cider is very flavorful, with the natural sugars of the apples shining beautifully.
Why we love it: This 5-ingredient Apple Cider Hot Toddy is practically made to drink on Christmas Eve. It’s full of cozy spice, easy to batch-prep, and guaranteed to warm you up when you’re enjoying quality time with people. Use it to make the perfect nightcap for the holiday season.
Hero Ingredients: To finish, add thinly sliced apples and cinnamon sticks to each mug! It’s the festive touches that make all the difference.
Why we love it: What is a Wasseil? It’s basically a traditional warm apple cider. For this recipe, I recommend reading the recipe above. A mix of apple cider, tea, fresh fruit, and spices are used to create the perfect cider for holiday gatherings. Gather your friends and enjoy Wassering together!
Hero Ingredients: Bonus: This is simmered for an hour, so you can enjoy the sweet scents of the holidays.
What’s the best hot drink in your recipe box? Drop it in the comments!