December 17, 2015

Treetopia Loves: Warm Winter Drinks

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Treetopia Loves Warm Winter Drinks
The holidays are right around the corner and there’s no better cure for the winter blues than a warm, homemade beverage. From thick Italian hot chocolate to mulled wine, we present some of the best warm winter drink recipes from our favorite people on the blogosphere. Enjoy a cup of warm winter goodness and lighten your mood on a dreary winter day with this edition of Treetopia Loves.

 Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

peppermint white hot chocolate winter recipe

Photo Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

One look at these cups of Peppermint White Hot Chocolate from Gimme Some Oven and you instantly know you’re in for a special Christmas treat. Made with milk, white chocolate, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract, this steamy blend takes just 10 minutes to prepare. The whipped cream, crushed peppermints, and marshmallow toppings are “optional” but highly recommended. Check out Ali’s complete recipe here.

Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

easy Italian hot chocolate recipe for the holidays

Photo Courtesy of Bell Alimento

Add cioccolata calda, or Italian hot chocolate, to the long list of things we love from the Mediterranean. Paula Jones of Bell Alimento used high quality chocolate, whole milk, sugar, and cornstarch to create this decadent concoction that’s guaranteed to warm you up. She calls it the best hot chocolate in the world and says that “once you’ve tasted it, it will be your favorite too.” Learn how to make your own by visiting Bell Alimento.

Hot Cranberry Punch

easy hot cranberry punch recipe for the holidays

Photo Courtesy of Deliciously Sprinkled

This hot Cranberry Punch is a looker, and it is deceptively easy to make. Jenn of Deliciously Sprinkled insists that you “just leave it in the coffee pot or slow cooker, and your guests can help themselves whenever they want more.” It is made with cranberry, apple, and orange juice mixed with sugar and some spices. Learn how to make this this holiday drink by visiting her post.

Lemon Ginger Tea

easy lemon ginger tea recipe for the holidays

Photo Courtesy of Kitchen Nostalgia

Kitchen Nostalgia believes that ginger tea can aid digestion, relieve stress, and soothe migraines. With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, their Lemon Ginger Tea might just be the perfect drink for the season! Their original recipe calls for four ingredients—lemon, ginger, sugar, and water. You can customize it by adding different herbs and spices or replacing the lemon with milk for variety. Check out the full instructions here.

Slow Cook Caramel Apple Cider

hot apple cider recipe for the holidays

Photo Courtesy of Number 2 Pencil

Here’s a warm winter drink that’s sure to be a hit with your holiday guests: Slow Cook Caramel Apple Cider. Melissa of Number 2 Pencil makes this beverage with apple juice, cinnamon sticks, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. Apart from infusing your home with a delightful scent, a slow cooker makes this recipe effortless to make. Check out the complete recipe from Number 2 Pencil here.

Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte

pumpkin spiced latte winter recipe

Photo Courtesy of Thriving Home Blog

You can find pumpkin spiced items in your corner coffee shop but nothing tastes quite as good as homemade.Toss milk, brewed coffee, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, sugar, cinnamon powder, and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker and leave it on high for two hours. Polly of Thriving Home Blog says “the taste was marvelous. It was warm and sweet with a hint of pumpkin flavor,” which is more than enough to get us excited. Check out the full recipe here.

Mulled Wine          

simple mulled wine recipe

Photo Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

Ali of Gimme Some Oven thinks that mulled wine “is seriously the perfect drink to warm you up in the evening after a chilly day out in the cold,” which begged her to ask: “why is mulled wine not a bigger deal in the United States?” This recipe calls for a bottle of wine, an orange, brandy, sugar, and some spices. She likens the taste of this drink to a warm, sweet sangria. Get the 20-minute recipe here.

Cure the winter blues with these homemade recipes for warm winter drinks from Treetopia’s favorite tastemakers. Which drink are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments!

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