10 Hot Drinks for Cold Days

January 2, 2014 by DIY, Lifestyle

It’s the season for bundling up, hunkering down, and enjoying time with dear friends from near and far. For your next post-holiday get-together, whip up a batch of warm and delicious drinks for your guests to enjoy by a roaring fire.

We pulled together a collection of 10 hot drinks to enjoy on any snowbound day or night. We can’t wait to try them out … can you?!

1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

homemade pumpkin spice latteOkay, you had to know this one would be on the list — and no, it’s not just for fall. So popular that coffee shops have experienced shortages, this Pumpkin Spice Latte can easily be made at home! Additionally, the ingredients are all rather inexpensive and easy to find at your local grocery.

2. White Hot Chocolate

homemade white hot chocolateThere is no way you can go through winter without hot chocolate! With literally hundreds of recipes out there, chances are you have a favorite of your own. This White Hot Chocolate recipe is a twist on the basic milk chocolate blend, using white chocolate and a garnish of peppermint bark (we know you have plenty still sitting around). Yum!

3. Chai Tea Latte

homemade chai tea latteNot much of a coffee drinker? A Chai Tea Latte is a perfect substitute. You can follow this basic recipe or invest in a carton of chai concentrate (found in your tea and coffee aisle) to make this yummy beverage at home. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice!

4. Hot Chocolate Martini

homemade hot chocolate martiniLooking for a perfect winter cocktail? This Hot Chocolate Martini is not only an easily concocted, grown-up version of the popular drink, but also has a gorgeous presentation, making it a perfect addition to your post-holiday entertaining menu.

5. Festive Sangria

holiday sangriaOkay, so this one isn’t a hot drink, but it will definitely warm you! This Sangria sounds absolutely amazing and is great for festive and non-festive occasions alike. Combining wine, ginger ale, spices, and fresh fruit, you will likely keep this recipe on hand for years to come.

6. Apple Pie Spiced Cider

homemade apple pie ciderMmm, drinkable apple pie? Who wouldn’t love that?! This Apple Pie Spiced Cider can be made alcoholic or nonalcoholic and is a great way to keep away the winter chill. A perfect post-dinner beverage? I think so!

7. Eggnog Latte

homemade eggnog latteAnother coffeehouse holiday favorite, it’s so simple to recreate a rich and delicious eggnog latte at home. This Eggnog Latte recipe doesn’t even require an at-home espresso machine or steamer.

8. Vanilla Almond Steamer

homemade vanilla almond steamerWith no caffeine and kid-friendly ingredients, steamers are perfect for a snowbound day with the kiddos. This Vanilla Almond Steamer uses sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract to create a hot drink that is lighter than most hot chocolates and lattes. It’s a perfect beverage for winding down before bedtime.

9. Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate

spicy aztec hot chocolateDid you know that the Mayans first drank hot chocolate over 2,000 years ago? Their chili pepper and cocoa-infused drink was thought to have healing powers. This Spicy Aztec Hot Chocolate recipe is is full of antioxidants and contains no added sugar for a healthy take on this winter staple.

10. Butterbeer

homemade butterbeerWitches, wizards, and muggles alike will appreciate this recipe for Butterbeer. You’ll feel like you’re cozily sitting in Three Broomsticks while sipping this sweet drink. Serve it warm during wintertime and tuck in for a Harry Potter movie marathon.

What’s your favorite hot drink for cold weather? Please share on Facebook or Instagram (and tag us!) your concoctions!

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