11 Hot Drink Recipes That'll Warm You Up This Winter
From living in our favorite fuzzy socks and slippers to hygge-fying our backyards, beds, and (of course) our beverages of choice, we're prioritizing all-things cozy this season. After all, what's more soothing than wrapping your frozen fingers around a piping hot mug of decadent hot cocoa or spicy mulled wine in the wintertime? Whether you're in search of an easy egg nog recipe, warm apple cider, a creamy homemade caramel latte, or a spirited hazelnut hot toddy, these 11 recipes will warm you up from the inside out. (FYI, if you'd prefer to use a pre-made mix for your hot chocolate or chai fix, see our top-tested roundup of warming beverages here, and if you'd fancy yourself a glass of wine as well, check out our guide to cozy cold weather wines.)
Easy Chai Tea
This café favorite is easier to make than you think: Simply bring crushed spices, cinnamon sticks, ginger, and milk to a boil, add tea bags, and let steep for 10 minutes. For an extra kick of caffeine, add a shot of espresso to make a DIY dirty chai.
Spicy Mulled Wine
This warm, boozy beverage is super simple to make and perfect for a crowd. Make a big batch, leave it on the stove or in a slow cooker to stay warm, and let friends fill their glasses with a ladle or two full. Thanks to a hearty dose of black peppercorns and spicy fresh ginger, this mulled wine recipe delivers a balanced—i.e., not sticky sweet—cocktail.
Creamy Caramel Latté
You can make this luscious latté recipe without any fancy ingredients, including an espresso machine or a milk frother. While espresso is traditional (and preferred), you can swap in extra strong coffee from a French press or pour over machine and froth the milk in a mason jar to make this barista-quality beverage. For an extra sweet way to start the day, add a drizzle of caramel sauce on top.
Warm Mulled Cider
Simmer apple cider with mulling spices, orange zest, and ginger to make a drink that smells as good as it tastes.
Spiced Hot Cocoa
Add a touch of ground chipotle and cinnamon to turn up the heat in this winter favorite.
Warm Hazelnut Toddy
To create this easy version of a hot toddy, mix Frangelico with hot water and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Easy Blender Eggnog
To save time (without sacrificing taste), use your blender to prepare this holiday classic.
Malted Hot Cocoa With Toasted Marshmallows
Change up your favorite hot chocolate by adding malted milk powder and broiled marshmallows.
Minty Hot Cocoa Float
A scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream transforms traditional hot cocoa into a dessert-like winter treat.
This recipe calls for just two ingredients; add cocoa candy melts or semisweet chocolate chips to hot milk and stir.
Mulled Wine With Cranberries
Jazz up this old standby with cranberry juice and fresh cranberries.