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Warming Winter Beverages

by Sustainable Sally 10 months ago in list
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Here are some delicious and warming winter drinks recipes

Warming Winter Beverages
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When the weather starts to get colder, there's nothing better than a warming winter drink to help you feel cozy. Here are some recipes for drinks that will keep you warm all winter long.

Recipe for Traditional Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

a pound of semisweet chocolate

1 oz. dark chocolate, unsweetened

4 teaspoon sugar

6 tablespoons water

2 quarts milk

1 quart heavy cream

Directions

In a saucepan,heat the water to boiling over high heat

Remove from heat after adding the sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved

Add the chocolates and stir until they are melted. Heat the milk and cream in a separate pan over medium heat, then add them to the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined, and serve hot.

Recipe for Apple Cider

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1 gallon apple cider

1 pound brown sugar

two cinnamon sticks

8 cloves

1 orange

Directions

Pour the gallon of apple cider into a large pot and set it over high heat. Bring to a boil with the cinnamon sticks and cloves.Reduce the heat to simmer and add the brown sugar until it dissolves completely into the mixture. Before serving, cut an orange into slices and add them to the pot with the rest of the ingredients.

Recipe for Hot Buttered Rum

Ingredients

1 cup of water

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed tightly to measure,

a quarter teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 whole garlic cloves

Please keep in mind that these are not edible; instead, use ground cinnamon.

2 teaspoons unsalted butter

1 bottle (750 mL) dark rum

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the water, sugar, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally to help dissolve the sugar. Once the water boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain out the spices, then stir in the butter until it melts into the liquid. Heat the rum in a separate pot over medium heat until it is steaming hot, but not boiling (if it boils, you risk burning off some of the alcohol). Serve in mugs with a spoonful of spiced sugar syrup if desired for added sweetness.

Note: It is important to use whole cinnamon and cloves for this recipe, as pre-ground spices lose their flavor quickly.

Recipe for Hot Toddy

Ingredients

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 wedge of lemon

1 tsp (optional) grated ginger

3 oz strong tea (black or green), hot but not boiling-you can also use water here, but tea provides a richer flavor.

2 oz. of whiskey, rum, or brandy (optional).

Directions

Fill a mug with boiling water and let it sit for 2 minutes before discarding it. Mix the sugar into the hot tea until dissolved. Squeeze in the lemon juice to taste, depending on how sour you like your drink, and stir in ginger if using. Add in the liquor, if desired, and enjoy!

Note: Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties as well as a strong flavor that adds depth to this drink. It is an optional additive but highly recommended. Also, you can prepare this recipe with hot water and still achieve great results.

If you add the liquor, add some spices like cinnamon or cloves to give it even more flavor.

Recipe for Raspberry Chai Tea Latte:

Water (eight ounces)

4 tea bags (chai)(Be sure to get chai without any added flavors or sweeteners.)

spices, or simply plain chai tea)

a quarter cup heavy cream

2 tbsp of raspberry preserves

1 tsp vanilla extract

Sugar to taste (optional)

Directions

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, then add the tea bags. Once boiling again, take off the heat and let it steep for 10 minutes. Put the raspberry preserves into a blender with the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and a couple teaspoons of sugar (if desired), then blend until smooth. To serve, mix some chai tea concentrate with your raspberry-cream mixture in a glass. Pour over ice and serve.

Recipe for Coconut Hawaiian Coffee

Ingredients: cubes of ice

1 cup chilled coffee

a half cup coconut milk

a quarter cup heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ground

1 teaspoon honey

Directions

In a blender, blend together the coffee, coconut milk, heavy cream, ginger, nutmeg, and honey until smooth. Pour into glasses over ice cubes.

Conclusion

There you have it-some delicious and easy-to-follow recipes for warming winter drinks! Whether you're looking for a classic Hot Toddy or something a bit more adventurous, like the Raspberry Chai Tea Latte, there's sure to be a recipe here that will hit the spot. So get cozy by the fire, put on some slippers, snuggle up in a warm blanket and be sure to enjoy one of these!

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Sustainable Sally

I write about sustainability and eco-friendly living.

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