With temps dipping into the single digits in some parts of the country, it’s already time to curl up in front of the fire or add a few degrees to the thermostat and start getting serious about your best strategies for staying warm and toasty during the cold-weather months. As if you needed any inspiration to stay put, we’ve rounded up our best warm drinks that’ll make you want to cozy up. And no, they don’t all have booze in them, either.
There’s nothing more cold-weather appropriate than a big mug of hot chocolate. Unless you also happen to have a big chunky knit blanket, too. This is an old recipe of ours, and we haven’t changed a thing because it’s perfect and oh-so-easy to pull together. Of course, if you’d rather not deal with melting your own chocolate, we have a few ready-to-go mixes that you can add to your cart the next time you’re shopping.
Don’t settle for a regular cappuccino when you can have a brûléed cappuccino! You’ll just need a culinary torch (we’re partial to this one) in order to caramelize the sugar, which gets sprinkled on top. This recipe makes a smooth, caffeinated drink that’s just a little more special than your usual weekday morning coffee run.
This drink couldn’t be easier to make or double (or even triple!) for a larger group. You simply mix up some brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves; divide it all into some mugs; add rum; and pour in some boiling water.
Cider isn’t just for the fall! Especially this cider, which is made with crystalized ginger and Calvados (or whatever apple brandy you happen to have on hand). More of a rum fan than a brandy fan? We’ve got something for you, too: this recipe features cider concentrate and golden or dark rum.
This is technically a summery drink (lemon verbena is a lemon-scented herb that can usually be found at farmers’ markets during the warmer months) but you can make it during the winter by using the peel from one or two lemons or a stalk of lemongrass. The resulting drink is super soothing, and a nice reminder that summer will be around again—eventually.
We strongly believe that every kitchen needs a mortar and pestle. It’s a fun way to really learn about deep, rich flavors of freshly ground spices. It’s also the key to making this spicy, warming tea. To make it, you’ll start by crushing up cinnamon sticks, allspice, cloves, and peppercorns. Steep that with cardamom pods and ginger, and then with some black tea. Serve your mixture with milk and honey, and snuggle up with a good book.
7. Irish Coffee
Irish coffee was invented at Ireland’s Shannon airport in the 1940s, and brought back to the United States by way of San Francisco in 1952, when a travel writer worked with the owners of The Buena Vista to begin serving it to customers. It’s still a bestselling item there today.
Apple cider simmered with seasonal spices and spiked with rum is the perfect way to stay warm in the winter. This recipe combines fragrant mulling spices with our cider concentrate, a blend of freshly pressed juices of five Washington State apples. For an extra sweet finish, dip the mug rims into simple syrup then into cinnamon sugar before adding the cider.
This updated version of the cold-weather classic gains a lovely flavor and aroma from toasted sesame oil, used in place of the traditional butter. We have also traded in the customary cinnamon, which can often be overpowering, for ginger and star anise.
Don’t have time to make a special drink? Just swap out your usual morning coffee grinds for this bag of rich, indulgent pre-ground coffee. It’s silky, well balanced, and brimming with decadence. To make it, we take our premium South American Arabica coffee beans, medium roast them, and then expertly ground them to the perfect consistency. Brew a big pot and bring a travel mug along with you as you run all those errands. Just promise us you’ll take it easy later!