6 Warm Drinks For Cold Weather

There is nothing like a nice, hot drink on a chilly day. The problem is many of us get stuck in a “drink” rut, and are unable to get out of our comfort zone. Time to shake things up a bit with these six warm beverages you’ll love.

1. Hot Drinks: Atole

Atole

A traditional beverage in Mexico, atole is a masa-based drink flavored with cinnamon and sugar. A holiday favorite! 

What You’ll Need:

1/2 cup masa flour

5 cups milk

1/4 cup fine chopped piloncillo

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Begin by whisking the milk into the masa flour in a large saucepan, until it’s free of lumps. Next, add the piloncillo, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Then, bring everything to a boil, and stir constantly to keep it from becoming lumpy. Serve hot in mugs and enjoy! 


2. Hot Drinks: Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider

Apples are in season, which means it’s a great time to enjoy some hot apple cider! Besides being quite the tasty treat, apple cider is also full of vitamin C, which is perfect to load up on during cold and flu season.

What You’ll Need:

1 Bottle of Apple Cider

3 Cinnamon Sticks

1/3 Cup Brown Sugar

Directions:

Begin by combining apple cider and cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker.  Stir in brown sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat, and serve. 


3. Hot Drinks: Abuelita

Abuelita

There is nothing like warming up with a nice hot cup of chocolate. Abuelita, also known as Mexican hot chocolate, has been a favorite in Hispanic households for a long time. One sip of this delicious drink and you will feel like a child again!

What You’ll Need:

3.3 oz tablet of Abuelita chocolate

2-1/2 cups milk

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions: 

Begin by bringing the milk to a simmer in a large saucepan. Next, break the chocolate tablets into pieces and stir until the chocolate is melted. Then, add the cinnamon and sugar. Last, use a whisk to beat the chocolate to a froth and enjoy! 


4. Hot Drinks: Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate

If you’re looking to trade in your morning cup of coffee for something new, give this tea a try! Grown in the rainforests of South America, Yerba Mate is known for its rejuvenating properties. This tea is said to give increase focus and energy like coffee but with out the jittery side effects. 

What You’ll Need:

Yerba Mate Tea

Hot Water

Directions:

Prepare Yerba Mate tea just like you would any other beginning by boiling water. Once the water reaches a boil, pour it over the tea bag, let it steep and drink slowly. 


5. Hot Drinks: Coffee with Cinnamon

Coffee with Cinnamon

Also known as Mexican coffee, this delicious drink is great for those needing a spicy pick me up!

What You’ll Need:

Coffee

A Touch of Cinnamon

Half & Half (if desired)

Directions:

First, brew your coffee as usual. Next, add a pinch of cinnamon, half and half and stir. If your in the mood to splurge, add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. This drink is so good, don’t be surprised if it becomes an everyday occurrence! 


6. Hot Drinks: Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Looking for a warm beverage with a little kick? Try hot buttered rum! This beverage is rich tasting, slightly sweet, and great if you’re wanting to wind down a bit.

What You’ll Need:

1 Slice of softened butter

1 tsp Butter Sugar

Vanilla Extract

2 oz Dark Rum

Hot Water

Cinnamon and Nutmeg (optional)

Directions:

Mix the sugar, butter, and spices (if desired) together in a mug. Next, add the rum and hot water. Stir everything together and enjoy!