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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!
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
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!
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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