7 Drinks to Warm You up This Winter – Number 6 is my Favorite

With the cold months just around the corner and the days becoming shorter and chillier, it isn’t long before we start to think about getting home early and settling down to a warm, cozy drink and a good book.

Though everyone has their favorites, we have decided that this is the perfect timing to come out with a list of 7 drinks that are known to warm you up. We have a comprehensive selection that includes healthy drinks, classic favorites, and boozy drinks just ideal for a relaxing weekend or even some Netflix and chill!

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Classics You can’t Miss

Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

One is never too old for a cup of deliciously chocolaty hot chocolate, especially with an ooey-gooey, melty marshmallow on top! Here is how to make that perfect cuppa hot chocolate: Take one cup of milk (we can use any milk for this recipe, whether it is conventional milk, almond milk, or any other sort of grain milk), 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar (or alternative sweeteners like maple syrup, honey, stevia, etc.), and a pinch of salt in a saucepan.

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Start whisking the mixture on low heat until it becomes a frothy, thick mixture. Add in 1/4 th teaspoon of vanilla extract and blend for a frothy cup of hot chocolate. Serve with some toasty marshmallow or a dollop of whipped cream.

Chai Tea

Chai Tea

All you tea-lovers out there, raise your hand! Tea is the preferred beverage of a
considerable chunk of the global population, but recently people are going ga-ga over chai tea. Inspired by the Indian masala tea, chai tea can be a lot less sweet and a lot tastier made at home to buying it at a coffee shop. Making chai tea is really simple; crush a couple of cloves and peppercorns and a half-inch
cinnamon stick.

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Add them to a cup of water and bring it to a boil. Now, remove from heat and add one or two tea bags depending on your taste; cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain the chai tea into a cup; we can add a tablespoon of sugar or any other sweetener and a splash of milk if preferred.

Healthy, Tasty Goodness

Turmeric Milk/Golden Milk

When you are cold and stuck indoor, we know that it is most unlikely that you crave something healthy. Though it isn’t normal, it is still common sense that we take care of our health and indulge in something healthy, tasty, and warm once in a while. Turmeric milk can be the best beverage as the spicy flavor can help you warm-up quickly while the natural ingredients can give you countless health benefits. A cup of Golden Milk is full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory properties, and comes with a healthy dose of micronutrients.

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And the best thing is, it is so easy to make! To a cup of milk (conventional milk, almond milk, or any other alternative milk), add a teaspoon of turmeric, ground cinnamon, a pinch of black pepper, and some grated ginger. Whisk it in a saucepan over mild heat until it comes to a light boil. Strain it into a cup and serve with a tablespoon of honey or any other alternative sweetener. Quick and straightforward to make, this beverage is delicious to look at and comes with a tasty, spicy kick.

Ginger Tea

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One of the most common herbs of every cuisine in the world, consuming ginger, is a natural and straightforward way to promote health. As a healthy beverage, ginger tea is known for several positive health effects; it can be great for simple stress relief, pain relief, and is a known immunity booster. It is excellent for weight loss too and helps control blood sugar levels.

The spicy kick of ginger and the sweet taste of honey is a great combo, especially during the cold months. Making a cup of ginger tea is quite easy and can be done with the minimum, basic ingredients available in most kitchens. All you will need is an inch of ginger, thoroughly washed, peeled, and cut into thin strips, a cup of water, half a lemon, and a tablespoon of raw honey.

Bring the water with the strips of ginger to a boil, strain it to a cup, add half a lemon or lime juice and a tablespoon of honey; mix well, and your cup of hot and tasty ginger tea is ready to savor. Enjoy in a leisurely manner, while relishing the lovely aroma and the yummy taste.

Warm and Boozy Drinks

Hot Eggnog

Hot Eggnog

Eggnog is right there in the list of Christmas pleasures with snow fights, pine aroma, stuffed socks, and mistletoe magic. All across Britain, Canada, and most parts of the USA, eggnog has been a staple Christmas delight, consumed right from the end of November through the the holiday season.

This delicious beverage is so popular that many local iterations and commercial variations are available around the holiday season every year. Now, if you take eggnog, make it fresh and warm and add a bit of brandy, wine, or your favorite spirit to it, it transforms into this delectable, hot concoction called Hot Eggnog, which is sure to warm up anything, even the Ice Queen’s heart! Though we could opt for store-bought eggnog and warm it up, nothing beats freshly made, warm and boozy eggnog, especially if you are trying to ward-off the cold.

To begin, we need a couple of eggs; separate the egg whites from the yolks. Add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the yolks in a mixing bowl and beat the mixture until light and smooth. In another bowl, add 2 tablespoons of sugar to the egg whites and beat to obtain stiff peaks. Now, add a pint of whole milk to a saucepan, place it over low heat and add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, a pinch of salt, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract. Stir until it starts to boil and remove from heat.

Now add this mixture to the yolks, constantly stirring it so as not to cook them. Add half a cup of brandy, bourbon, rum, or sherry and continue stirring. Finally, fold the egg whites into the nog and serve with grated nutmeg for garnish. This recipe serves two.

Hot Pumpkin Buttered Rum

Come autumn, and we must indulge in some pumpkin spice, whether it is a large pumpkin spice latte or some vegan pumpkin spice cookies. Now, if we add a bit of creamy butter and a splash of some lovely rum to our pumpkin spice, it turns into the ultimate tasty, buttery, spicy, and boozy liquid warmth that can banish the cold and warm up our soul.

Though there are a lot of lovingly made, extensive recipes on how to make the perfect hot pumpkin buttered rum, we believe in simple, straightforward, and easy to make recipes. To make a simple yet delicious hot pumpkin buttered rum, we need half a stick of unsalted, softened butter, preferably at room temperature, a third of a cup of pumpkin butter, 3/4 th cup sugar, a teaspoon of pumpkin spice, a pinch of salt, dark rum and water.

First, we make a pumpkin butter mixture by blending the unsalted butter, pumpkin butter, pumpkin spice, salt, and sugar. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of this pumpkin butter mixture to a thick-bottomed glass and to it add 2 ounces of dark rum and fill it up with hot, boiling water.

Give it a nice mix and serve it hot with a dollop whipped cream on the top. A sip of this hot, buttery delight is reminiscent of the orange of autumn and the warmth of a lovely wood fire!

Spiked Irish Coffee

If you are someone who fancies something a lot deeper than just coffee with a splash of cognac, then the Spiked Irish Coffee is just your kind of recipe. The best aspect of this boozy, piping hot, delicious drink is that it doesn’t take you even a couple of minutes to make, especially if you are someone hooked to coffee.

This simple beverage is just right to warm yourself up and brighten your mood!
The Spiked Irish Coffee recipe is simple; all you need is a thick glass, an Irish coffee glass is a plus, a cup of hot brewed coffee, an ounce of Irish whiskey, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (brown sugar really goes well with the coffee and whiskey combo), and some whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish.

First, take some hot water and use it to warm up your glass. Pour out the hot water and then pour in the hot coffee, mix in the sugar, stir until it dissolves, and top it off with the whiskey. Finally, garnish with some whipped cream and shaved chocolate to complete the ensemble. And that’s it, your tasty, hot, and boozy Spiked Irish Coffee is ready for consumption!

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So, these are some of the hot, yummy recipes to help you stay warm and enjoy the cold and chilly months. They are easy to make, tasty, and decadent and will undoubtedly help warm you up inside and out!

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best temperature to drink tea?

Most teas taste best around the 40 to 70°C mark. This temperature range is where we can savor the flavor the best.

What is the best garnish for hot chocolate?

If you are conventional, marshmallows or whipped cream can be great toppings. But people also go for chocolate chips (white and dark), cinnamon, sprinkles, peanut butter, etc.

What is the best spirit to mix with eggnog?

Different types of alcohol go with eggnog, including brandy, bourbon, Irish whiskey, blended scotch, aged rum, and even rye, to name a few.

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