It’s getting chilly and that calls for hot drinks galore! For those of you who, like me, aren’t fans of tea or coffee you will probably know that drinking endless hot chocolate can get get a bit dull and you don’t really want to drink several a day! Today I thought I’d share a few alternative hot winter drink recipes for this time of year to spice up your Winter menu and if you are looking for something fun to make during a christmas gathering every one of these drinks is easily made in big batches! Drink up!
The Milky One
Cinnamon and Vanilla Milk Drink
Method: Heat your milk up in a pan until warm, but not boiling and add a big pinch of ground cinnamon. Once lovely and steamy, take your milk off the heat, drop in two drops of vanilla extract and mix in a teaspoon of sugar. Serve with cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder or some grated chocolate.
The Coldy One
Sweet Lemon and Ginger Cold Remedy
Method: Juice one or two lemons, depending on how strong you’d like the flavour and pour the juice into your jug/teapot. Then peel and grate two thumbs of ginger and add this and a spoonful of honey into your juice. When you’ve done this add 1/3 cold water and 2/3 boiling water to the mixture and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Strain to get all the bits out and then serve and feel all the soothing vibes.
The Nostalgic One
Hot Winter Squash
Method: Pour out the squash of your choice into a big mug – I recommend Ribena Winter Spice – and simply add boiling water. A winner every time, a (slightly) grown up version of what we used to drink at my gran’s as children!
The Mulled One
Non-Alcoholic Mulled Christmas Juice
Method: Pour your apple and cranberry juice into a pan and add the orange peel, cloves and cinnamon stick. Let it simmer on the stove for 10-15 minutes. Test and see how sweet it is, then add sugar accordingly. Ladel into glasses and serve with a slice of orange over the side of the glass.
What’s your favourite winter drink?