Sip Into The Coziest Drink Recipes That Will Warm The Tummy And Soul

 
Nothing is cozier than a hot drink on a cold day! I honestly hate the cold, and warm drink recipes are the only things that get me through this time of year. So grab a blanket, turn on your favorite new Netflix binge or holiday movie, and get ready to cozy up with all of my winter drink favs — hot chocolate, spiced cider, hot toddies and mulled wine!

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Hot Chocolate

Ah, hot chocolate — the classic cold-weather drink the whole family can enjoy! I love everything you can do with hot chocolate. There’s so much room to be creative! Want an alcoholic version? Add Kahlua or Bailey’s. Want a healthy version? Ditch the sugar for honey and use raw cocoa powder! The possibilities are honestly endless. Here are some of our favorite hot chocolate recipes!

Cider

The mere mention of hot cider takes me straight back to my childhood, when mom and dad would take my sister and I to Cox Farms in Northern Virginia and get us the most amazing hot apple cider. These variations on hot cider will warm you from the inside out this winter!

 

Spiced Cider

You’ll Need:
  • 2 parts hot apple cider
  • 1 part bourbon (cheap bourbon works great!) Budget — black and old granddad. Mid range: 4 roses or wild turkey 101 (Mike’s favorite) 
  • 1 part brandy (any type)
  • Dash of cinnamon or heat cider with cinnamon sticks
  • Dash of cloves (optional)
To Make: Heat the apple cider in a saucepan with cinnamon sticks (or just a dash of cinnamon) and a dash of cloves. Once hot, pour into a mug, add the bourbon and brandy, and drink up!
I am forever grateful to the friend who introduced me to this stellar recipe and is letting me share it with you all (thanks, Mike!). This recipe definitely needs to come with a warning label, though — the cider seriously mellows out the flavors of the bourbon and brandy, so you have to keep an eye on how much you’re drinking! This recipe is fabulous for parties because you can adjust how much alcohol is in each individual drink.

Hot Spiced Cider

This classic spiced cider recipe is too yummy, and so easy and fun to make! The cider goes into a coffee pot (where you would normally put the water!) and the other ingredients go into a coffee filter, where you’d normally put coffee grounds. Press the “on” button, and in mere minutes you have delicious spiced cider!

Slow Cooker Mulled Cider

This cider recipe is another one that’s easy to make in bulk — a crock pot does all the cooking for you and keeps it warm! This recipe also adds ginger for an extra kick.


Hot Toddy

Hot toddies are the perfect drink for when you feel under the weather during a cold spell. I always get mild colds when the weather changes, and hot toddies are my go-to for kicking them fast so I can enjoy all the fun winter has to offer!

Mulled Wine

I like to think of mulled wine as winter sangria. And I loooove sangria. I know, hot red wine sounds weird, but when you let it soak up all the spicy, fruity goodness of orange, cinnamon, and other mulling spices, it’s honestly out-of-this-world amazing.

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What is your favorite cozy, hot drink to get you in the holiday mood? Will you be trying out any of these yummy drink recipes? Share with us in the comments below!


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