During the winter season, a big part of keeping toasty and warm at home is sipping on the right winter drinks. This article will go over our ten picks for the coziest and tastiest winter drinks to celebrate the season with right from your couch.
1. Mulled Apple Cider
Mulled apple cider is a special kind of apple cider that incorporates spices to create a strong warming aroma. This amazing beverage can be enjoyed as is or with a shot of rum. Be sure to include spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice to get the most captivating aroma you can.
This classic drink is easy to make, either on the stove or with a slow cooker. Remember to toast the spices first before adding in the apple cider. For fun, garnish each mug or insulated tumbler with an orange slice or some cranberries to make the drink festive.
2. Homemade Hot Cocoa
You can make hot chocolate, a delectable winter classic, right from the stove using simple ingredients, including cocoa powder, vanilla, chocolate pieces, and milk. Want it spiked? Add in peppermint spirits or Irish crème for a wintery twist. Top it off with some whipped cream and marshmallows, and you’re in for a real winter treat.
3. Classic Hot Toddy
Cozy up around the fire with an easy recipe for a classic winter drink. The hot toddy combines bourbon, hot water, regular or manuka honey, and a pinch of lemon juice. Some people substitute bourbon for rum. For garnish, throw in a cinnamon stick.
4. Vanilla Chai Latte
This winter drink is a barista’s take on the classic masala chai. Infused with chai spices and frothed milk to create foam, this drink blends cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom to form a sweet and soothing flavor. Use a high-quality chai concentrate or powder as your base and add in your spices to taste.
5. The Cranberry Martini
Like the vodka cranberry staple, cranberry martinis are made with a balance of orange liqueur and lemon juice. Cranberry juice is mixed with vodka and simple syrup for a tart but tasty winter drink.
6. Cowboy Coffee
For a low-maintenance version of a cup of joe, boil water over specialty coffee grounds. This is the perfect winter drink for coffee lovers with little patience! Next, strain out the coffee grounds for an espresso without the fuss.
7. Greyhound Gin Cocktail
Sweet and straightforward, the greyhound cocktail consists of grapefruit with gin and simple syrup. This is the perfect drink to enjoy during happy hour or at your holiday party!
8. Hot Buttered Rum
In boiling water, mix dark rum and butter for a creamy base. Next, add cinnamon and allspice for a hot drink bursting with winter flavor. Sweeten things up with brown sugar, spices, and rum. Once it’s all simmered, you’re set to enjoy it!
9. Classic Irish Coffee
Mix coffee with Irish whisky and whipped cream, and there you have it—the classic Irish coffee, perfect for winter indulgence.
Pro tip: Make sure you choose bitter coffee as your base to avoid drinking an overly sweet beverage.
10. London Fog Tea
Take the standard Earl Gray tea latte and add a dash of lavender extract for a classy drink from home. Add in a tablespoon of honey and vanilla extract, and you’re good to go. For the best foam and flavor, use whole milk over alternatives.
Happy holidays! Consider the simple drinks listed above as you prepare your cozy winter drink menu from home. These holiday drinks are perfect for seasonal parties, family gatherings, or cozying up with your love by the fire. Enjoy!