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!
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!
IMO, this hot chocolate can’t be beat. You can even genuinely call it healthy–it uses coconut oil, raw honey, maca powder, and raw cacao! Don’t let lack of these ingredients scare you away, though. I’ve subbed cacao powder for some Hershey’s Extra Dark Cocoa Powder and have left out the maca altogether and it still tastes divine. Add some Kahlua or Bailey’s for an extra fun version!
It really doesn’t get any more classic than this hot cocoa recipe! Unlike other recipes that just use milk, this recipe uses milk and half and half for an extra dose of creamy deliciousness. Don’t forget to top it off with whipped cream!
Do you have a hankering for hot chocolate with a twist? We’ve got just the thing! This Snow Flake Cocoa recipe uses white chocolate chips and candy canes for a minty, extra sweet take on hot chocolate. And this recipe is crazy easy — just stir everything together and let it cook in a crockpot!
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!
- 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.
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!
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!
Hot water, whiskey, honey, and lemon — can it be any simpler than that? This recipe will give you the classic hot toddy measurements and methods, and is perfect whether you need to kick a cold or just add some warmth to your bones!
Speaking of colds, this hot toddy recipe might be the best one to seriously get rid of that cold fast. You might have to run out to the liquor store to get some ginger liqueur, but it’ll be worth it — ginger is one of the best cold-fighting foods in existence. Seriously, run out to the store today if you’re missing any ingredients. You’ll want to have them all on hand for whenever you start showing signs of a cold!
This South American canelazo recipe is a twist on the classic hot toddy. The secret ingredient of this recipe is aguardiente, or firewater. Brown sugar, cloves, and cinnamon add some extra spice and sweetness to this already stellar drink. If you can’t find aguardiente at your local liquor store, don’t worry — rum makes a good substitute!
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.
I love this classic take on mulled wine because of all the options it offers. Red wine, oranges, mulling spices (such as star anise and cardamom), cinnamon, and some kind of sweetener (honey or syrup) are the essentials. But you can also add extra liqueur, you can peel the orange if you want to mitigate some of the bitterness, and the spices you use are totally up to you, which means I could make this with ingredients I already have on hand.
This is a bit of a lighter, fruitier take on traditional mulled wine. This recipe uses rosé rather than red wine, grapefruit instead of orange, and adds ginger and peppercorns. Sounds amazing, right? This would be the perfect mulled wine variation for your next cold-weather girls night in!
In case you haven’t already noticed, I love anything apple-y. Apple flavors are in all my favorite fall treats! So when I saw this Appleberry Mulled Wine recipe, I knew I had to put it on my list of recommendations. Red wine, apples, apple juice, cinnamon, and berries — where can you go wrong?
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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