We’re ditching the cold drinks this month and can’t wait to snuggle up in front of the TV of fireplace with a hot drink.
Inspired by the world and wonderful food blogs, we have selected 5 delicious winter drinks and recipes to keep you warm this Christmas period!
1. Golden Milk
This recipe originated from India where they use the spice Curcuma in almost everything. ‘Curcuma (or Turmeric Root Powder as they call it) might well be the healthiest spice on Earth. Essentially made by grinding the dried root of the Curcuma longa plant, this ancient superfood and key ingredient in curry powder has been used by Indian Ayurvedic healers for centuries’. States the healwithfood.org website. So with this good news it’s one of the best winter drinks as it will help your immune system throughout the winter.
Ingredients: (for 2 persons)
Pour the almond milk in a saucepan and add the Curcuma, Ginger, Cinnamon and the Ahorn Syrup. Stir well and heat until it simmers. Now it’s ready to drink and you may top it with a little cinnamon!
2. The ultimate Hot Chocolate
In the light of that winter feeling, this warm winter drink recipe is finger licking good! We all know how to make a hot chocolate but this drink includes marshmallows so take a moment and take your time for this one. In either case, this winter drink only takes a few minutes to make!
Ingredients: (for 2 persons)
First put the milk into a pan. Bring to a simmer – not a boil – and while it’s heating, put a tablespoon of choccie powder and sugar, if using, into each mug. Add a little warmish milk from the pan to each mug. At this point, plonk a few marshmallows into each mug. When the milk is at a simmer, carefully pour it into a plastic jug or flask. Screw the lid on tightly, place a cloth over the lid for safety, and shake hard for a minute. Remove the lid, minding the steam, and pour the milk into your mugs. A little stir, and you can slurp your way to heaven!
3. Homemade Glühwine
It’s a traditional Christmas drink that you will find at most Christmas Markets around the world but the best recipes come from Germany or Austria. It will warm you up in an instance. (just be careful you drink responsibly as it contains alcohol)
Pour red wine into saucepan and add all the spices, use medium heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Reduce to low heat for approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure that the wine won’t boil! Use some cinnamon sticks as garnish and enjoy!
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4. The Christmas Coffee Cocktail
For starters, this coffee cocktail is serious business! Feeling a bit sleepy after all that food? This baby will wake you right up!
It’s a combination between strong coffee and liqueurs so pour all of them into a glass after heated up. Stir all together and top with fresh whipped cream. Garnish with grated chocolate. Serve warm or over ice. (but we prefer warm of course)
5. Turkish Salep
When I visited Istanbul years ago, we discovered a warm winter drink that we couldn’t stop ordering. It’s called Salep and it’s one of the perfect winter drinks to serve your guest over Christmas. It’s the feeling when you come home from an ice-skating trip, when your hands and feet are cold and your mother gives you a warm drink. Salep brings you right back to that moment. It’s sweet and has a milky anise taste to it.
Photo by and recipe by Lauren Rothman
In a small saucepan, combine rice flour and milk, whisking well. Set saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking constantly. When mixture has thickened, about 2 minutes longer, add sugar and rosewater and stir. Divide salep between two mugs and garnish with cinnamon and chopped pistachios.
As shown above, all these warm winter drinks recipes are quite simple to make and will wow your family or guest you may have over Christmas. If we need to stay at home anyways, why not snuggle up and enjoy!