Five Warm Winter Drink Recipes
These hot beverage recipes are guaranteed to heat your body from the inside out this winter.
Aromatic cinnamon coffee
Warm coffee drinks taste better with cinnamon.
5 cups fresh-brewed strong hot coffee
1/4 cup granulated sugar
4-inch cinnamon stick
1/3 cup half-and-half or light cream
Brew the coffee using your electric drip coffeemaker, then add the sugar and cinnamon stick to the pot. Set the pot on the warming plate for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves and the cinnamon is absorbed.
Pour the coffee mixture into six mugs. Stir approximately 1 tablespoon of the half-and-half into each cup and top each mug with whipped cream and a dash of ground cinnamon.
Warm beverages that contain vitamin C are healthy.
3 cups water
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon butter, cut into 4 pats
Simmer all the ingredients except the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
Pour the hot mixture into mugs and dot each mug with a butter pat.
Decadent hot chocolate
Sometimes after spending time in the icy outdoors, you just have to forget about how many calories a hot drink delivers.
4 cups whole milk
1 cinnamon stick
6 sprigs of fresh mint or 2 split vanilla beans
10 ounces semi-sweet or regular milk chocolate, cut into small pieces
Heat the milk in a medium saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick and mint sprigs or vanilla beans to the hot milk and steep for 10 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat, strain the milk and return the liquid to the pan. Reheat the milk and use a whisk to stir in the chocolate pieces.
When the chocolate has melted and the milk has become frothy, pour the liquid into mugs. Top each drink with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Spicy apple pie cider
Hot winter beverages don’t get much better than this warmed cider.
1-1/4 quarts apple cider
3 tablespoons light brown sugar, firmly packed
7 whole cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of freshly grated or dried nutmeg
Pinch of salt
6 cinnamon sticks for garnish
Mix all the ingredients in a medium saucepan with a whisk then bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-to-low heat.
Remove the warm cider from the burner and pour it through a strainer into a glass pitcher. Discard the solids and serve the warm cider in glass mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks.
You can make this an adult beverage by adding 1/2 cup of your favorite brandy to the spiced cider while it’s still in the pitcher.
Vanilla café au lait
The French know how to make elegant hot coffee drinks.
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
1-1/2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
3 cups fresh-brewed strong hot coffee
Combine the half-and-half, milk, vanilla bean halves and sugar in a small saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
Remove the vanilla bean pieces and whisk the milk mixture for 1 minute.
Fill six mugs each with 1/2 cup of coffee and 1/2 cup of the milk mixture.