Heartwarming Drinks for Winter

by Oliver Lee
April 21, 2023

Winter doesn’t have to be a time of hibernation. From keeping up with healthy habits to gathering around the hearth, nothing beats the radiating warmth that emanates from a delicious brew. The right drink can be the perfect source of heat to pull you from your warm, cosy bed so you can enjoy the cooler weather with friends and toast the chilly season.

Get the most out of winter with these hug-in-a-mug recipes:

Chocolate Chai Spiced Macadamia Milk

Creamy and chocolatey, who can resist this unique twist on classic hot cocoa? It’s a little sweet, a little nutty, and offers all the warmth and love of a caring embrace. Here’s how you can make it.

What You’ll Need:

250 ml macadamia nut milk
7 g cacao or chopped dark chocolate
1 or 2 dates, finely chopped with pit removed
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch each of nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger
Add all ingredients to a saucepan, heat to a slight boil until fully warmed. Remove the cinnamon stick, then add ingredients to a blender until smooth and creamy. Garnish with grated cinnamon or cacao and drink while hot.

Spiced Honey Immuni-Tea

Winter is a time to focus on health and immunity. Honey is a natural antiseptic, which is why it’s so popular in wellness routines. Turmeric also packs a number of health benefits, including boosting your mood, improving digestion, and reducing pain. Adding these two superfoods to a delicious tea only amplifies their taste and benefits. Try this Spiced Honey Immuni-Tea for a yummy, healthy drink.

What You’ll Need:

7 g ground turmeric (feel free to grind your own for extra freshness!)
7 g fresh ginger root
28 ml lemon juice
14 ml honey
3 ml coconut oil
350 ml boiling water
Pinch each of black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon
Add all ingredients except the water to a blender and mix until smooth. Then, add the water and mix again. Enjoy it while it’s hot!

Classic Milk and Honey

Chances are, you have everything to enjoy one of winter’s most beloved drinks already in your home! Who can resist a warm cup of milk to lull you into a soothing slumber? It works for babies, and it can work for you, too! Plus, the honey adds a touch of irresistible sweetness. Here’s how to make it:

What You’ll Need:

250 ml of your choice of milk
Honey to taste
Optional: replace honey with 45 ml Bénédictine Liqueur for a grown-up variation
Optional: orange wheel or cinnamon stick for garnish
For a warming drink, heat your milk until it’s just warmed through, then add the honey or liqueur. Alternatively, you can enjoy the grown-up version chilled with a few ice cubes and cold milk.

Hot Toddy

The world-famous Hot Toddy got its start in India as far back as the 1610s. A blend of hot water, sugar, spices, and alcohol warms you from the inside out. The British adopted the recipe as their own, using Scotch or whiskey as the alcohol of choice. Eventually, the concoction became a popular remedy in medicine and has seen a variety of adaptations, including the use of rum and various spices.

What You’ll Need:

180 ml water
45 ml your choice of whiskey or Scotch
Honey and lemon juice to taste
Lemon wheel and/or cinnamon stick for garnish
Boil the water and add to a mug, then add your whiskey or Scotch and stir well. Add honey and lemon juice to taste. More honey gives it more sweetness, while more lemon juice gives it more zing. Garnish with a lemon wheel or cinnamon stick.

Hot Apple Pie

Want the taste of a hot apple pie without spending hours in the kitchen? You can get the same flavours in a soul-soothing drink that fits neatly in a mug with very little cleanup. This recipe calls for the Italian liqueur Tuaca, which contains flavourful hints of vanilla and citrus fruit.

What You’ll Need:

60 ml Tuaca liqueur
120 ml hot apple cider
Whipped cream and cinnamon stick for garnish
Pour the Tuaca in the mug of your choice (an Irish coffee glass works well for this one). Then, add your hot apple cider and garnish to your preference.

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