January 21, 2014

6 Wonderfully Warming Winter Drinks

Posted by Treetopia in The Treetopian Lifestyle

On a cold winter day, a nice hot and comforting drink really hits the spot. From wholesome hot chocolate to creamy coffee with a kick, these delicious and easy-to-prepare beverages will have you warm and cozy in no time.

1. Vanilla Café au Lait

Dark coffee and heated milk combine to create café au lait, a smooth and mellow pick-me-up enjoyed the world over. This version uses real vanilla beans to add a delicious new dimension of fragrance and flavor to a traditional French favorite.

White cup of frothy coffee on top of a pile of coffee beans

A cup of vanilla cafe au lait is the perfect drink for a cold morning

To prepare, simply combine three cups of whole milk with two tablespoons of sugar and 1 split vanilla bean in a saucepan. Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes before removing the vanilla bean. Whisk the milk mixture briskly for a minute then pour over four mugs of strong brewed coffee.

2. Caramel Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a famous coffee cocktail with many variations, but its basic ingredients remain the same—hot coffee, heavy cream, and Irish whisky. This particular variant provides extra punch with the addition of Irish cream liqueur and butterscotch schnapps. Preparing this warm and wonderful recipe takes no time at all, and a light drizzle of caramel syrup makes this the perfect drink after a hearty winter dinner.

3. Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate and peanut butter are great on their own, but put the two together and you get a super comforting combination that’s difficult to resist. This delightful hot chocolate recipe from For The Love of Cooking calls for creamy peanut butter, but you’re also free to use your favorite chunky variety.

Pour your rich, creamy concoction into a big mug, add a generous dollop of whipped cream, then top with sprinkles for color or roasted peanuts for extra crunch.

4. Hot Chocolate Peppermint Schnapps

Take your usual hot chocolate experience to new heights with a shot of schnapps. This drink is perfect when cuddling around the fire after a day on the slopes. You only need to pour an ounce of peppermint schnapps to a packet of instant hot chocolate.

For a livelier take, prepare hot cocoa from scratch, add the schnapps, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and serve with a candy cane stick.

5. Warm Mulled Cider

This hot apple cider drink is a New England specialty that will warm you to the core. Spiced with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom, this warm mulled cider recipe takes about 30 minutes to prepare, but is well worth the wait. Make sure to use fresh, unfiltered apple cider and adjust the amount of brown sugar to taste.

6. Hot Buttered Apple Cider Rum

When a drink has its own unofficial holiday, then it’s got to be pretty good! January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum Day, but don’t let the date stop you from enjoying this sweet, buttery winter warmer all season long.

Follow the easy recipe outlined on That’s So Michelle, then savor every sip of this decadent, unapologetic treat.

Sit back and warm up with good company with any one of these delicious and satisfying winter drinks.

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