5 Homemade Drinks to Keep You Warm in Winter

Winter is finally here! And whether we like it or not, no one can say no to a delicious hot drink that can keep us warm in this chilly weather.

Here’s a list of some drinks that will make you want to grab a blanket and curl up by the fireplace, and the plus side is: you can make them at home!

1- Nutella Hot Chocolatebd42e62b-6596-4fcd-96be-ca683027203c
Chocolatey. Frothy. Perfect.

  • What you need:
    • 4 cups low fat/skim milk
    • 2 tablespoons Nutella
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Optional Toppings:
    • Marshmallows
    • Crushed hazelnuts
    • Chocolate chips or grated chocolate
  • Steps:
    1. Heat milk in a medium sized saucepan on medium-high heat until beginning to warm and steam.
    2. Add the Nutella, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until dissolved and combined.
    3. Bring to a gentle simmer while stirring, and take off heat.
    4. Serve with your desired toppings.

(Pro tip: You can add 1-2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter with the spread to have a super delicious Nutella Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate)

2- Winter Spice Chai Tea5c587a8f-52bb-4e30-8ff4-f4c8fce01502
An aromatic indulgence.

  • What you need:
    • 8 cardamom seeds
    • 8 cloves (Qoronfel)
    • 4 black peppercorns
    • 2 cinnamon sticks
    • 1-inch of fresh ginger, sliced
    • 2 cups whole milk
    • 4 teabags of black tea
  • Steps:
    1. Place the cardamom, cloves, and pepper in a sealed plastic bag and crush until transformed into a powder.
    2. Place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, and add the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk, and 2 cups water; then bring to a boil.
    3. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
    4. Pour into cups and add sugar to your liking.

3- Earl Grey Latteac17add6-b5c1-4094-aaab-ca395b27e436
Also called; London Fog. Interesting.
Besides giving a gentle boost of caffeine, Earl Grey tea serves as an antioxidant that fights oral infections, and also aids in digestion. In addition, it can have a calming effect, helping ease anxiety and stress!

  • What you need:
    • 1 or 2 earl grey tea bags
    • 4 oz hot water
    • 8 oz almond milk
    • 1 teaspoon pure honey
    • Dash of vanilla (optional)
  • Steps:
    1. Steep the tea bags in 4 oz of hot water for 5 minutes.
    2. Combine tea in a blender with remaining ingredients and blend on high until combined.

4- Mint White Hot Chocolate6469ebdf-6196-42d8-9d40-ac79ae0ed01c
Some creamy, minty goodness!

  • What you need:
    • 2 cups milk
    • 2 cups light cream (or coffee creamer)
    • 12 oz white chocolate chips
    • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract or mint extract (syrup will do)
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional Additions:
    • Food coloring
    • Marshmallows for topping
  • Steps:
    1. Add the milk and cream to a large pot, and heat over medium heat until steamy but not boiling.
    2. Stir in the white chocolate chips and continue stirring until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is creamy.
    3. Stir in the extracts (and food coloring) until smooth. Serve warm.

5- Pumpkin Spice Latte2aeeff6e-67fb-404a-a89e-14a239ea4bec
Nope, it’s not from Starbucks, it can come right from your kitchen (if you can bear the effort) (you can even do a mocha version)

  • What you need:
    • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (recipe below)
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
    • 2/3 cup strong coffee (2 shots espresso)
  • Homemade pumpkin pie spice:
    • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (Qoronfel)
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional:
    • Whipped cream for serving
    • 1 teaspoon chocolate extract (for mocha version)
    • Chocolate sauce (for mocha version)
  • Steps:
    1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add the spice, pumpkin and honey. Cook while constantly stirring until it starts to simmer.
    2. Stir in the milk and vanilla. Bring to a slight simmer while constantly stirring. (for mocha version: add chocolate extract)
    3. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend until frothy.
    4. Divide the espresso between two glasses, and divide the latte mixture on top. Top with whipped cream and serve. (for mocha version: drizzle glasses with chocolate sauce)

You can surely enjoy one of these drinks especially if it’s with a movie, a book, when you are hanging out with friends/family, or even when you are just having some quiet time alone.

If it’s winter time, a hot drink is always a go-to!