Cold Weather Means Warm Drinks: Recipes for Delicious Winter Beverages

If you feel like winter is defeating you, you might need to take some time for yourself and sip a deluxe drink while you dream of sunshine instead of snow shovels and ice cream instead of icicles. Check out these hot beverage recipes for something to take the edge off of this winter’s chill.

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Spicy hot chocolate
Spicy hot chocolate

This is not your father’s hot chocolate. Forget the syrup and the sugary powder. This hot chocolate is gourmet, to say the least, and tastes great.. Sure, you’ll be chopping bittersweet chocolate and measuring real cocoa so it doesn’t come without a little effort. In the end, though, when you swirl your creation with a cinnamon stick and sprinkle in a touch of cayenne you’ll know every bit of exuded energy was totally worth it because this concoction is divine. Click the links to get started on hot beverage recipes.

The Infamous Hot Toddy

A nice warm Hot Toddy
A nice warm Hot Toddy

With the cold weather comes coughs and colds that leave us feeling spent. When you are feeling low a hot toddy might be just the thing to soothe your symptoms and your soul. If you’re truly feeling low have someone make this for you because this isn’t just any hot toddy recipe. This one requires apple bourbon and if that doesn’t sound amazing I don’t know what does.

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon or Apple Bourbon
  • 2 3×1/2′ strips lemon peel
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Warm Apple Cider

Yummy warm apple cider
Yummy warm apple cider

Clearly, I am not making this easy for you. I’m linking recipes that take some time and preparation but that’s only because on these long, cold winter evenings when Spring seems so far away, I think you deserve a special treat and nothing as delicious as this comes easy. This warm apple cider recipe comes from the Queen herself, Martha Stewart, and even though you’ll be searching your grocery store for ‘lady apples’ and ‘peppercorns’ that doesn’t mean you won’t relish every sip you take. Save this one for a bitter cold day in March and make enough for a crowd because you’re sure to be returning to the pot for seconds.

Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshake

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Salted Bourbon Caramel Milkshake

Okay, technically, this one isn’t a warm drink, but it will keep you toasty warm with its caramel goodness and a touch of bourbon. Are you sensing a theme, yet? A sweet treat with some kick for a cold night. Your friends might be jealous of this delectable beverage so be sure to make enough to share.

Warm Your Bones Tea

Delicious warm tea
Delicious warm tea

Tea is a classic for a reason. It’s as comforting as any warm drink and it warms the bones after a long winter’s day. There is no formula to help decide which tea is the best for you. You’ll have to browse the many recipes and decide which appeals to you the most. Whether you sip it in the morning before work or at night in bed with a good book, tea is always a great choice.

No matter which hot beverage recipe you choose, winter will seem a little less cruel while you sip away.

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