Warm Winter Drink Recipes

Warm Up With a Winter Drink

As temperatures drop and the days get shorter, its time to warm up inside with a nice hot beverage. Whether you are looking for an afternoon treat, or an evening winter cocktail, there are many delicious drink recipes to enjoy.

Traditional winter beverages include hot chocolate, mulled apple cider, Tom and Jerry, buttered rum and mulled wine. You'll find all of these recipes and tips to stir up your favorite warm winter drinks below!

Personally, I enjoy tea or coffee just about any time of the day. But these special winter drink recipes go a step further! Enjoy a cup and feel yourself unwind. These drink recipes can even be included as part of an evening entertaining party or gathering at your home.

Whether you want to get creative for a holiday gathering, or just put on the kettle for an evening at home near the fireplace, bookmark this hub for drink recipe ideas from now until Spring!

Delicious warm winter drinks
Delicious warm winter drinks | Source

Hot Chocolate Recipes

Hot chocolate is the perfect warm winter drink to enjoy after a long walk, shoveling the driveway, or coming in from skiing. You can make the traditional winter drink as simple or complex as you wish. Add a splash of Peppermint Schnapps for a tasty adult version!

Traditional Hot Chocolate

As a busy mom, I admit that pre-packaged, sweetened cocoa mix is easy. These days, you can find a wide range of instant hot chocolate mixes, from low-sugar options to flavors like peppermint hot chocolate. To add depth of flavor, nothing beats homemade traditional hot chocolate, however. For a basic recipe, all you need is milk (your choice, but I like at least 2%), unsweetened cocoa, granulated sugar and a dash of salt. Mix together 1 tablespoon cocoa with 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar. Whisk together with 1 cup milk, add a pinch of salt, and heat slowly on a stove over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.

White Hot Chocolate

A delicious white hot chocolate drink is rich and satisfying on a cold winter day. Simply combine 1 cup of white chocolate chips with 1 cup heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Stirring continuously over medium heat, melt the white chocolate. Add 4 cups half and half, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract. While this warm winter drink is certainly not low-calorie, it is a treat to enjoy after shoveling the driveway or putting up holiday lights. The recipe makes 6 servings.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican hot chocolate includes additional spices, which gives it a little "kick." Because its non-alcoholic, it can be enjoyed by the entire family. This recipe makes 6 servings.

Combine 1/2 c. water, 1/3 c. honey, 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Next, gradually whisk in 4 cups milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, being carefully to avoid scalding. Do not bring to a boil. Serve with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

Suggested Hot Chocolate Additions:

  • Mini marshmallows
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Real whipped cream - drizzle with chocolate syrup, caramel, or sprinkles for an extra treat
  • Warmed, sweetened coconut milk
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Shot of espresso
  • Peppermint or coffee liquor (grown-ups only)
  • Dark Rum or brandy (again - for the over 21 crowd)

Delicious Hot Chocolate

Brewed tea makes an excellent warm winter drink
Brewed tea makes an excellent warm winter drink | Source

Tea Recipes

Tea is one of those classic hot drinks that usually needs little, if any, embellishment. With a British grandmother on my husband's side, we've learned to enjoy tea with a bit of cream and real sugar. Simply select your favorite tea, then brew, steep and enjoy!

Special warm winter drinks can be made using tea as a base, as well. Chai tea is one of my favorites this time of year, with the cinnamon and spices. This Spiced Chai Tea recipe makes 4 servings and is especially aromatic!

In a medium saucepan, stir together 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 4 cups water, 5 teaspoons sugar and 5 pods of green cardamom, crushed. Add 6 black tea bags. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and allow the tea bags to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, pour into mugs and enjoy.

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

Winter Cocktail Recipes

Festive winter cocktails are tasty and fun, especially if you are entertaining - and who isn't this time of year? Two of the most popular warm cocktail recipes are Tom & Jerrys and Hot Toddys.

This recipe for a Tom & Jerry hot cocktail serves 12 and is superior to the pre-made mix you can buy at the store. Note that it helps to have a professional-grade mixer for best results. First, combine 2 egg whites with 1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter, mixing until stiff peaks are formed. In another bowl, whisk together 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons rum, 2/3 cup superfine sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon each of ground allspice and ground cloves. Continue whisking until mixture is slightly thickened. Fold egg white mixture into the batter, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. To prepare the drink, warm 4 1/2 cups of 2% milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. In each serving mug add 1 tablespoon of the batter, 1-2 teaspoons of cognanc and dark rum and then top off with approximately 6 tablespoons of warm milk. Garnish with nutmeg, if desired.

I love this recipe for a Hot Toddy because it serves just one! You can make this winter cocktail using your 2 ounces of favorite spirits (cognac, scotch, bourbon or dark rum). The other ingredients are: 1/4 cup boiled water, 1 teaspoon sugar or honey, 1 lemon wedge. Stir together with the liquor and enjoy!

Mulled apple cider
Mulled apple cider | Source

Mulling Spices

Mulling spices can be purchased pre-made, or you can easily make your own. When added to apple cider or red wine, the combination of cinnamon, cloves, orange rind and nutmeg fills your entire kitchen with a holiday aroma. You can add mulling spices directly to your beverages, provided you strain before serving. Or, use a cheesecloth or tea infuser to allow the flavors to come through.

With four children, I make vats of mulled apple cider every year. Nothing beats the delicious smell and rich taste of harvest apples steeped in seasonal spices. To make your own Mulled Apple Cider, simmer 4-8 cups apple cider or apple juice over low heat with 4 cinnamon sticks and 12 whole cloves. Add 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1 teaspoon orange zest, if desired. Strain and serve warm.

Mulling spices can be enjoyed in red wine, as well. For Mulled Red Wine, warm 4 cups wine (don't go with the expensive stuff) over low heat. Add 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 4 sticks of cinnamon, 12 whole cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Strain and serve warm.

Make Your Own Mulling Spices

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Wiebke 5 years ago

Once again, Steph, a very interesting hub and so enjoyable to read. Will certainly give the Mexican hot chocolate a try. :)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Wiebke - Let me know what you think about the drink recipe. Cheers to you! Best, Steph


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

It's definitely cold enough in Chicago to start enjoying these warm winter drinks. They all sound so delicious. I really like the idea of adding crushed candy canes to hot chocolate.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi ktrapp, there is just something so comforting about a warm mug on a cold day. Candy canes are my favorite seasonal candy this time of year, so adding them to hot chocolate is twice the treat! Cheers and stay warm, Steph


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

It is really cold and super windy in Ohio right now and this hub toasted me up and gave me ideas for other cold nights, since they wont be ending soon. Thank you!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Ardie, they are predicting a long, cold winter in Oregon this year too. Yummy winter drinks are the perfect treat at the end of the day, after you peel off the layers of clothing and thick winter boots. Stay warm! Steph


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irvinetraveller 5 years ago from California

Just made a cup of spiced chai. T'was very good. Thanks for the hub.


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bell du jour 5 years ago from Ireland

This is a lovely hub, with some really nice ideas to warm us up on the cold winter days:-) Thanks for sharing, voted up and useful.

Bell


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

Oh yum-- I love hot drinks on a cold day and what a wonderful selection you have provided-- plus some great photos to really make my mouth water. Yum voted up and awesome


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Purple Turtle 5 years ago from Home

Yes winter has been showing its grimm face where I live too with its blazing 40 degree temperatures! I am a huge fan of Hot Chocolate with the mini marshmallows. I even like the reaction I get from my kids when I make them some. They always try to suck out the marshmallows before the hot chocolate but it never works. Always fun to watch them try.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Irvinetraveller, glad you enjoyed the spiced chai tea. Its one of my favorite warm drinks, too. Cheers, Steph


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Bell,

I enjoyed putting this hub together. Got inspired after our first dusting of snow for the season last weekend. Stay warm, Steph


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Robie,

Warming up with a nice hot drink is the best way to chase away winter chills. Thanks for the vote! Best, Steph


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi PT,

My kids always ask for hot chocolate with marshmallows. The homemade version is nice to stir up with them (and also shows that not everything comes straight out of a box or package) ;-) Cheers, Steph


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Fantastic topic. I'm going to have to try some of these. I think that now that I'm older and more willing to try new things, new versions of the tried and true are always welcome. Thanks for expanding my taste buds and horizons. Lots of new things to try as the weather gets colder. Thanks Steph.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Frieda, Try the Mexican hot chocolate, then! I hope you'll enjoy it. Best, Steph


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EuroCafeAuLait 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

Just what I needed and just when I needed it! The Mexican hot chocolate and mulled wine recipes look xtra good. MMM.. Voted up and awesome.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Nothing like something to warm the insides on cold wintry days. My favorite is warm apple cider and tea, of course. The videos are helpful. Thanks for sharing and rated up.


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midnightbliss 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

i love these warm drink recipes specially the chocolate recipes. perfect for the coming winter.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub for your followers. Your drinks all sound so delicious.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks all - I'm going to make some mulled wine this weekend to enjoy with my sister who is coming to town! Stay warm! Best, Steph


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Steph! You come up with the most creative things to write about. And that is why you are so successful on HP!

My warm winter drink is the boring hot chocolate. But the mulled apple cider looks like a winner and new drink for me! Bookmarked and looking forward to a new winter taste!

Voted up, up and away!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Dexter,

Thanks! Your "boring" hot chocolate doesn't have to stay that way! Top with whipped cream and add some of the suggested toppings. Mulled cider or wine is delicious too, and once you try it, the smell of the spices will have you remembering the holiday season. Thanks for the comment, as always! Best, Steph


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I am a coffeeholic! and tend to stick to coffee, but these lovely recipes sound so tempting I shall have to try them!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi MM,

I'm reading your comment with a giant mug of holiday blend coffee, myself! On special occasions when a different flavor or richness is desired (very nice on a cold day), its nice to mix things up with a warm winter drink. Enjoy! Steph


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Gypsy48 5 years ago

mmm, now I am in the mood for a peppermint hot chocolate. I also never turn down a rum drink ever! Useful hub:)


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susan54 5 years ago

Stephchick68,Great hub, VOTE UP!!

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Steph,

Coffee and tea work for me anytime but these other recipes sound great for the upcoming holidays and to ward off the winter chill. (Actually looking forward to some winter chill in Houston after the long hot and dry summer we have experienced.) Here is to fireplaces and hot toddies!


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rochelj 5 years ago from USA

Yes...With the cold winter approaching, there's nothing like a hot drink to warm up the insides... hot chocolate, tea, mmmm, your hub makes me thirsty!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Cheers to all - hope you can enjoy the winter weather from the indoors with a mug of hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or warmed spirits. Best, Steph


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

While all of these sound great to me, NOTHING will beat good ol' fashion hot chocolate with a bit of cinnamon. Love this Hub! I'm kind of glad winter is coming because it means I'll be enjoying more of these lovely drinks :D


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Simone,

I agree with you - I have started ordering hot chocolate drinks at some "coffee bars" when out with my friends. I tend to forget the sheer pleasure of warm milk and chocolate without the addition of coffee or other flavorings. Takes me back to childhood! Cheers, Steph


Derdriu 5 years ago

StephHicks68: What a clear, helpful, timely hub on the joys of heartwarming winter drinks! In particular, I like the spiced chai tea, the Mexican hot chocolate and the mulled apple cider recipes. Your suggestions for additions such as crushed candy canes to hot chocolate are most tempting and welcome. Your photos are thirst-inducing, and your YouTubes are fascinating, particularly the last one on do-it-yourself mulled spicemaking.

Thank you, voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Derdriu,

Thank you so much! There are so many different warm winter drinks to enjoy this season. I do love the idea of adding special garnishes and flavorings. Since peppermint is one of my favorite candies this time of year, it goes perfectly with hot chocolate. :) Best to you, Steph


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sweetie1 5 years ago from India

hi stephhicks, this is very interesting hub, loved it and about tes the way we North Indian make tea is in water we brew tea and when water boils we add either some crushed ginger or cardamom ( green) and let it boil for some time and then add sugar and milk and bring it to boil. Then pass it through sieve and you got a hot tasty drink.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Sweetie,

That sounds like a delicious way to prepare a warm cup of tea. Love it with sugar and milk! Cheers, Steph


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SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

You have put together some great recipes, Steph!

I love the mulled wine recipes or the spiced chai tea. They are both perfect for our Swedish cold winter days.

Thanks for sharing. Bookmarked and I'll try them out very soon!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi SanneL, you write terrific hubs on tea, so I hope you enjoy the spiced chai tea recipe. Stay warm! Cheers, Steph


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Great hub on winter drinks. I always drink a special coffee blend or rooibos tea in the morning. Can't get through my day without it! I have never tried a mulled cider but I've heard that Hot Toddy's are good for colds.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi teaches,

I have heard that Hot Toddys are good for colds, too. Mulled cider is really tasty, as well. Thanks for the comment & stay warm! Steph

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