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Feeling cold lately? Check out these three hot drinks to warm up your winter…
The other day, one of our coworkers shared a conversation she had with her toddler about her morning coffee. It went something like this:
Toddler: What is that?
Mother: It’s my coffee.
Toddler: Can I try it?
Mother: Hmm. I’m not sure you’d like it.
Mother: Well, it’s…hot, and it tastes…bitter.
And oddly enough, that’s exactly why we love it. Humans have been consuming caffeine in different forms for millennia, but the version the world adores today started back in Arabia in the 13th century.
Since most of us can’t drink caffeine after a certain time of day for fear of losing precious sleep, we thought we’d share a few easy recipes for tasty hot drinks so that the best part of your day doesn’t have to end at 7 a.m. (And since winter is in full swing, a hot drink in the afternoon might be just the ray of sunshine we all need.)
This almond milk-based drink originated in India, and it gets its wonderful golden color from the spice turmeric. This drink is perfect if you’re looking for a warm beverage packed with nutritional value (turmeric is full of antioxidants, and modern research suggests it even has anticancer effects). This rich, creamy drink has a lovely earthy flavor, and you can dial the sweetness up or down with honey or maple syrup.
1 ½ cups of unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ tsp ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick
pinch ground pepper (to help your body absorb the turmeric!)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup), plus more to taste
In a small saucepan, whisk together all ingredients. Bring to a simmer then turn the heat off. Leave to infuse for a couple of minutes, stir, then pour into your mug. Stir and check for sweetness, adding more if you like!
Something you must know: this is by no means a health drink. But it tastes astonishingly good, and if you’re in the mood for something sweet, just skip the cookie and go for this instead. Winter is hard, and we need to take our comfort where we can get it!
4 cups of milk (preferably whole or 2%)
¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ cup of granulated sugar
½ cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place milk, cocoa powder and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat over medium/medium-low heat, whisking frequently, until warm but not boiling. Add chocolate chips and whisk constantly until the chocolate chips melt and distribute evenly into the milk. Whisk in vanilla extract, serve immediately.
Not only is this drink beautiful and tasty, but it will make your house smell wonderful. Depending on your mood, you can throw whatever’s in your pantry, but make sure you always start with apple cider, a cinnamon stick, and orange.
1 mug of apple cider (about 8 to 10 ounces)
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece star anise (if you like licorice flavor)
1 orange slice
8 to 10 fresh or frozen cranberries (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove cloves and pour cider back into your mug.
We hope you enjoy these three hot drinks to warm up your winter. Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!