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7 Delicious Hot Drinks for Dark Cold Months

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Grab your blanket and comfy socks, put on a binge-worthy show, and make yourself one of these hot, yummy drinks. They’ll make you feel just as warm and fuzzy on the inside as you do on the outside!

Many people (especially those up North) aren’t too fond of the cold, dark winter months. Sometimes, though, all you need to put a smile on your face is a great book and a hot drink. Try any of these seven beverage recipes and warm yourself up.

Hot Chocolate: The Quintessential Winter Beverage

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Nothing says “snow day” like sipping a steaming cup of hot cocoa. It tends to bring up fond memories of building snowmen and sledding until your fingers felt frozen. It’s also one of the best ways to banish that red nose.

Here are a few of our favorite recipes you can pass on to your kids:

  • Gingerbread Hot Chocolate: This recipe goes beyond a packet of ready-made hot chocolate. The fresh ginger, allspice, and cloves make a fantastic drink you’ll love. Just add some sugar, milk, and cocoa powder, along with fresh piping of whipped cream. This recipe also goes great with some freshly baked gingerbread men, so let’s get baking!

Get the Recipe: Happy Foods Tube

  • Almond Orange Hot Cocoa: Crammed with healthy ingredients, including organic almond milk, honey, and freshly squeezed orange juice, you don’t have to feel guilty about this hot cocoa.

Get the Recipe: Raia’s Recipes

  • Cookies and Cream Hot Chocolate: Now that we’ve got the healthy option out of the way, let’s take a look at this calorific recipe. A beverage that includes a chocolate cookie packed with a sweet cream filling can never be wrong! Each rich, creamy sip is filled with sweet wonder.

Get the Recipe: Mommy’s kitchen

Hot Tea to Warm Your Soul

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Hot tea is often overlooked, especially by coffee addicts, and we get it. However, lots of folks love the spicy, natural flavors tea has to offer.

Here are a few of our favorite tea recipes:

  • Cinnamon Tea: Whenever you feel under the weather or if you’re suffering from a bad case of the sniffles, cinnamon tea might help. The ginger in this recipe can also work wonders for nausea, while the honey and cinnamon can soothe a sore throat. If you catch the flu this winter, give this simple recipe a try—it might have you feeling much better, much sooner!

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  • Autumn Spiced Apple Tea: This recipe is so delicious, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to discover the joys of hot tea! Whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and sliced apple all infuse this tea and apple juice mixer. Enjoy this one with a coffee cake or some freshly baked muffins.

Get the Recipe: Mostly Homemade Mom

Cozy Morning Lattes and Coffee

A mug full of Snickerdoodle Latte, and some cinnamon sticks lying next to it.
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Of course, we wouldn’t dare leave out lattes and coffee! This list would be incomplete without them.

Each of these recipes provides a unique, yummy twist:

  • Snickerdoodle Latte: If you love freshly baked snickerdoodle cookies, why not have one you can drink, along with a necessary dose of caffeine? The espresso, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon in this recipe perfectly complement one another. While you’re there, you might also want to check out the other latte recipes on House of Yumm—some include Nutella, pumpkin spice, and even salted caramel.

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  • Banana Milk Coffee: This unique recipe is just as heavenly as the author describes. You mash a banana with a tablespoon of sugar, warm it up in a saucepan, and then add cinnamon and milk. After blending it all, you just pour it over your cup of freshly brewed, hot coffee. This natural hot drink is creamy and packed with fresh flavor.

Get the Recipe: Inside the Rustic Kitchen

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Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »
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