Warm Drinks for Cold Days

With cold weather here, do you find yourself spending more time indoors trying to stay warm? Or do you enjoy heading outside to take in the brisk temperatures and winter activities? No matter if you dislike the winter months or enjoy the cold weather, you can probably agree that a warm drink on a cold day is definitely comforting.

While there may be a little bit of work to prepare these drinks, they’re worth it. Check out these warm drinks – both non-alcoholic and alcoholic – and enjoy the colder weather a little bit more.

Non-Alcoholic 

  • French Hot Chocolate: If you want a thick and creamy drink to warm you up, then try this French Hot Chocolate. It’s amazing! With only whole milk, chopped dark chocolate, and a teaspoon of brown sugar, it’s extremely easy to make. And, you’ll love that this recipe makes just one serving – although it can easily be doubled.
  • Hot Apple Cider: Apple cider may seem like a fall drink, but it’s delicious year-round. This recipe has you adding some cloves, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns, nutmeg, and orange zest – which add some subtle flavors to this drink. All you need to do is strain the cider before serving and garnish with an orange slice!
  • Homemade White Hot Chocolate: This Homemade White Hot Chocolate is similar to the French Hot Chocolate – but it makes a big batch – so invite some friends over. Be sure to buy a better quality white chocolate, which will keep this hot chocolate from becoming overwhelmingly sweet.
  • Kinderpunsch: If you’ve ever been to the German Christmas markets, you probably saw Kinderpunsch on the menu boards. It’s a warm, non-alcoholic punch that’s extremely popular during the holidays. This recipe uses several different juices, tea, spices, and honey to give it a flavor that kids and adults will enjoy.

Alcoholic

  • Classic Hot Toddy: You’ve probably heard of the Classic Hot Toddy, but have you ever made one? It’s a really simple drink flavored with whiskey, honey, and lemon juice – and will warm you up after spending time outside.
  • Irish Coffee: Irish Coffee is another simple recipe of just three ingredients – coffee, Irish whiskey, and brown sugar. This is an excellent drink for Sunday brunches or served with dessert on a cold night.
  • Mulled Wine: Mulled Wine is another popular drink in the European Christmas markets, but you can make this recipe at home. In a saucepan, you will combine a bottle of dry red wine, oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise, sugar, and a bit of brandy to create this warm drink. You can let it simmer on your stovetop for several hours – and your home will smell fantastic!
  • Grog: Grog is named after British Admiral Edward Vernon, who was nicknamed Old Grog. He used to serve his men rum as a means of trying to prevent scurvy. He ordered that the rum be served with water, brown sugar, and lime to make it more drinkable. This recipe has been revised several times, and you’ll love the refreshing flavor.
  • Hot Buttered Rum: Hot Buttered Rum is sort of like the Hot Toddy – you’ve probably heard of it, but have you ever made it? It truly does have you using hot butter in the recipe – along with many spices – and you might be surprised by how good it tastes!

The next time you’re feeling a little chilled to the bone, try making one of these warm drinks. They’re delicious and should have you warmed up in no time at all.

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