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Hot Winter Drinks To Warm You Up
Sometimes it’s tough getting through these cold winter months. You wrap up in blankets to insulate yourself against the frigid temperatures, but it just isn’t enough. These hot winter drinks are a great way to get warm again, from the inside out.
Hot Winter Drinks: Hot Cocoa
Hot cocoa or hot chocolate is the classic go-to drink when the thermometer drops. Forget about your powdered envelopes that you can buy in the store. Dress up your drink with one of these fun twists.
Fancy Low-Carb Hot Chocolate: Want some decadent sipping chocolate without feeling so guilty about it? Wholesome Yum has this amazing, silky recipe reminiscent of the kind she and her husband enjoyed on their honeymoon in Paris.
Rocky Road Gourmet Hot Cocoa: Or you can just let yourself indulge in some marshmallowy goodness. Honey & Lime says you can whip up this treat in about five minutes by starting with a base of chocolate marshmallow milk. Top it off with marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and almonds, of course, for that classic rocky road flavor!
Death by Chocolate Hot Chocolate: Come over to the dark side with this one by Centsable Momma. It uses cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and cream for a luscious hot winter drink.
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate: Or, if you prefer to keep it on the light side, Censtable Momma also has a peppermint white hot chocolate recipe. Even though you usually associate the peppermint flavor with the Christmas holiday, it’s still good anytime to keep you warm. For those who aren’t as worried about keeping it light, The Frugal Navy Wife has one that starts with white chocolate chips and peppermint chips as the base. Yum.
Pink Hot Chocolate – Take white hot chocolate and then give it a pink twist with either strawberry or a mint flavor oil, like Simply Being Mommy likes to do.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate: Do you love going to Starbucks to get their salted caramel hot cocoa? Now you can save a little bit of money and make the same thing at home. Honey & Lime shows us how you can use the Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa K-Cups as the base, topping it off with a large marshmallow and some chocolate chips.
Chocolate Cherry Hot Cocoa: If you’re feeling a little fruity, check out this recipe from A Cultivated Nest. The combination of chocolate and cherries goes way back in time, plus it is a great idea with Valentine’s Day just around the corner. Or serve it any time you want to share the love.
Pumpkin Hot Cocoa: Pumpkin is a favorite in the fall, but it is good anytime when you add chocolate to it. Frugal Navy Wife uses cocoa mixed with real pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice for this cozy beverage.
Mexican Hot Chocolate – Mexican hot chocolate adds heat in a different way, with just a touch of cayenne pepper in it. Slap Dash Mom starts with an organic hot cocoa mix and adds even more flavor with some cinnamon, as well. Whipping cream and vanilla extract make the milk even thicker and oh so cozy.
Hot Winter Drinks: Mochas
Maybe you want a little caffeinated kick to your cocoa. Hello, mocha. Mocha is a fabulous blend of chocolate and coffee that keeps you alert while it keeps you warm. Try one of these recipes.
Caffe Mocha – Cooking With Curls mastered the art of the espresso and cocoa combination after a lot of experimentation at home. She even has it down to a mere 53 cents per cup! Dark chocolate, espresso, and steamed milk make a heavenly cup that tastes just like something you get at your favorite local coffee shop. You can even try some of the given variations and mix it up a bit.
Pumpkin Spice Latte – Whether it’s fall or not, there’s just something comforting about the spicy pumpkin flavor. Bunny’s Warm Oven makes a non-caffeinated version using canned , but it would be just as good with a shot of espresso or coffee in it.
Hot Winter Drinks: Ciders
Cranberry Apple Cider With Cinnamon – You can warm up your senses when you set your slow cooker to make homemade apple cider with lots of fruit flavors, shown to us by Savory Tooth.
Slow Cooker Apple Cider – This version by Six Dollar Family gets its cinnamon flavor by melting cinnamon candies in the apple cider as it cooks, leaving a wonderful aroma in your house.
Hot Winter Drinks: Cocktails
If you are looking for a different kind of kick to your cocoa, add a little liquid heat when you spike your drinks, making for some luscious adult beverages.
Coffee Nip Coffee Cocktail – Do you remember Coffee Nips candy? Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters found a way to make coffee taste just like the candy by using a bourbon cream.
Irish Coffee – Cooking With Curls learned how to make a traditional Irish coffee. Yes, there is a method to the madness and you’ll want to do it right.
Nutty Irishman – You’re familiar with the Irish shot, right? Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters also loves to put it in her coffee and hot cocoa.
Other Hot Winter Drinks
For those of you who want to try something other than traditional hot cocoa, coffee, or don’t want something boozy, try one of these lovely hot winter drinks.
The Easiest Chai Tea Latte – Hot tea is always something comforting to sip on when it’s cold outside. Chai tea has a wonderful spicy flavor. The Baking Fairy recommends steeping the tea right in hot milk for the best flavor.
Snickerdoodle Milk Recipe with Cinnamon and Vanilla – Snickerdoodles are a great comfort food in the winter months. Some of you may want to dip them into your milk. Now you can drink your favorite cookie with this hot milk recipe by Kenarry.
Atole de Pina: Mexican Hot Pineapple Drink – Family, Food, and Travel shared this traditional Mexican drink that likely has additional benefits with all of that pineapple goodness in there!