Warm yourself up with these 20 toasty drinks

Warm yourself up with these 20 toasty drinks

The temperatures outside drop, but do not let the same thing happen with your body temperature. If you want to warm up, have fun and – in a few cases – enjoy a comforting cocktail, warm up with these 20 toasty drinks.


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If you like hot chocolate but need more of a jolt in the morning, try a bicerin. This Italian blend is essentially hot cocoa with a shot of espresso (or strong coffee) topped with whipped cream, but Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks can provide you the rest of the details.

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Cranberry apple cider

Cranberry apple cider

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Cranberries are a staple around the holiday, so this cranberry apple cider from Betty Crocker is both tasty and contemporary. The recipe works as either a cocktail or a mocktail, with the former including spicy rum or cinnamon schnapps.

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Gingerbread milk

Gingerbread milk

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Add a little Christmas cheer to your next latte – and no, we’m not talking about booze. (Well, not this time.) Instead, try a gingerbread latte that you can make at home as long as you have the option of making an espresso or at least a very strong coffee. This recipe from The Cookie Rookie will help you break into the brewing big leagues.

mulled wine

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Pronounced “GLUE wines”, Glühwein is a traditional Christmas drink in Germany and other German-speaking regions in Europe. It is a mulled wine drink consisting of red wine spiced with cinnamon, cloves, orange and sugar, as described in this version from All Recipes.

Warm greased room

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The name may throw a few people off at first, but if you like rum, butter and hot drinks, you will love this classic cocktail. And as Savory Experiments points out in this recipe, it tastes like an alcoholic version of the Harry Potter butter beer sold at Universal Studios.

Hot chocolate

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Bakers do not need ready-mixed hot chocolate from small packages. Even wannabe bakers like us probably have all the ingredients right now as all you need is milk, cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate and vanilla extract. You might this recipe from Celebrating Sweets, and maybe some marshmallows too.

Warm toddy

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Studies suggest that hot toddies help reduce cold symptoms, but they also hit the spot on cool days when the weather is rainy or when you just need a soothing cocktail. The health benefits come mainly from the combination of hot water, lemon and honey, but the whiskey is not too shabby either. Cookie and Cake have the recipes.

Warm vanilla milk

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Irish coffee

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If you’ve ever seen someone (or been the person) adding whiskey to coffee and calling it an “Irish coffee”, you’re pretty much right! A traditional Irish coffee, e.g. this recipe from Liquor.com, only requires Irish whiskey, coffee, a little brown sugar and some whipped cream.

Masala chai

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Tea is a way of life in many countries, including India, where it is called “chai”. There are several varieties of chai based on personal preferences, but our favorite in the cooler months is masala because of the soothing blend of spices. As Piping Pot Curry will explain, masala mixes a mixture of cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and black peppercorns with a base of water, milk, ginger and sugar.

Mint too

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A simple mint tea is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Just add boiling water to a cup, add mint leaves and honey, and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. Few the recipe from Perchance to Cook, which also highlights some health benefits of mint – apart from getting you in the holiday spirit!

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Nutella hot chocolate

Nutella hot chocolate

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Unlike the last hot chocolate on this list, this one has Nutella in it! Not only that, but this Food.com recipe has an average review score that is perfect 5 out of 5. No wonder since it only requires two ingredients!

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Pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin spice latte

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For some, autumn is synonymous with pumpkin-spice latte. But you do not have to go to the nearest mega-coffee chain to have one – you can make them at home! You only need seven ingredients and this recipe from Inspired Taste.

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RumChata hot chocolate

RumChata hot chocolate

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To get a spin on the classic hot chocolate for adults, add some RumChata! It gives your cocoa a kick and adds the creaminess with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Just use one ounce of RumChata for every six ounces of hot chocolate (see the recipe earlier in this slide show for a homemade version).

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Salted caramel hot chocolate

Salted caramel hot chocolate

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Spicy cider

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There is little more to hot cider than heating cider up (and possibly adding bourbon). As Food Network will tell you, you will also need brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, an orange and cinnamon sticks. Oh, and the aforementioned bourbon, if you will.

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Turmeric golden milk tea

Turmeric golden milk tea

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This golden milky tea will help keep you warm, and turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory antioxidant with several other health benefits. Get it foolproof recipe from Foolproof Living.

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Hot cider and rum punch

Hot cider and rum punch

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White hot chocolate

White hot chocolate

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Our friends from Celebrating Sweets has another irresistible recipe. Earlier on this list it was traditional hot chocolate, but this time it is white-hot chocolate! The best part of this (apart from the taste, of course) is that the ingredient list only includes milk, white chocolate chips and vanilla extract.

Winter lemonade

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