With winter officially here, there’s no better way to warm up after a chilly day outside than with a warming drink by the fire. This doesn’t just mean your average hot chocolate though – there are hundreds of recipes for warming drinks that you may have never thought of! From lattes to non-alcoholic mulled wine, there’s something for everyone!
These five recipes are like a hug in a mug, so mugs at the ready and prepare to feel the warmth!
Winter Spiced Latte
This one is completely versatile and can be adapted to any tastes! Adding just one or a mix of spices to your latte is sure to add the wintery taste you desire.
To create your spice mix, add 1/2 tsp of your favourite spices to a bowl (I’d recommend ground ginger and cinnamon) with 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 tbsp of brown sugar and stir until combined. Add your mix to a saucepan of milk and bring up to a gentle simmer, whisking until the sugar has dissolved completely. Grab a mug and pour in a shot or two of espresso. Top the coffee with your spiced milk mixture and stir. If you’re feeling extra indulgent, finish your latte off with a squirt of whipped cream and a mini gingerbread man!
Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
This twist on the traditional hot chocolate is sure to get you in the winter mood! Using candy canes as a stirrer and melted chocolate rather than powder means that this drink is full of indulgence.
Place your chocolate into a pan with some milk and gently heat until the chocolate is fully melted, ensuring that you stir continuously. Remove the pan from the heat when the milk is steaming and pour in some double cream until you reach the desired consistency. Pour the mix into your mug and serve with a candy cane. Stir your drink with the candy cane and allow as much or as little of it to dissolve into your drink as you fancy.
Mulled Apple Juice
This warming drink is a great non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine. Using all of the same spices, this drink is the perfect accompaniment to a winters day.
Pour apple juice into a pan, adding in a teaspoon of nutmeg, honey, maple syrup, 2 cinnamon sticks and a 1/4 tsp of ground ginger. Cut up an orange and stick cloves into its skin, add into the pan along with cardamom pods. Heat on a low heat for around 10 minutes, pour into glasses and enjoy!
If hot chocolate is not your thing then why not try a hot caramel! This thick and creamy drink will make the perfect dessert and hot drink in one. Because of its sweet, rich taste, a shot sized portion is more than enough to satisfy!
Add light brown sugar into a pan with water (follow the 2 parts sugar:1 part water ratio) and heat on medium until the sugar comes to a low boil. When the sugar turns a deep brown colour (usually about 5-7 minutes), slowly whisk in double cream. Add in a pinch of sea salt and a dash of vanilla extract. Pour into espresso cups and enjoy!
Winter Maple Chai Tea Latte
This quick and simple drink is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy! Made with just 4 ingredients, you can whip this one up in no time.
Gently heat some milk in a saucepan until steaming. Add a chai tea bag into a mug and pour over the steamed milk. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes and then stir in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of maple syrup. Sprinkle with a light dusting of allspice and you’re done – as simple as that!
I hope these drinks have got you feeling ready and prepared for winter. Snuggle up and drink away those winter blues!