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From Teas to Hot Toddies, 24 Winter Drink Recipes to Warm You From the Inside Out

January 4th, 2021

For cozy winter feels, just add a hot drink. Hygge-inspired touches like twinkle lights and crackling fires can do the trick too, but there’s nothing quite like warming up from the inside out. And we’re not just talking about dunking a tea bag into hot water and calling it a day. Keep reading to heat up your cold-weather sipping sessions with everything from superfoods to red wine.

7 Essential Winter Drink Ingredients

There are two important steps to creating the perfect winter drink: ingredients and method. Whether you want an energizing morning sip to start your day or a boozy brew to enjoy after dark will determine your key ingredients. From there, steeping, mulling, and blending are all options for achieving the texture and flavor you crave. We’ve gathered something for everyone, from a robust and rich mulled wine to an adaptogenic herbal latte, so grab a mug and take your pick.


If You’re In the Mood For … Red Wine

It’s extra festive to take your favorite bottle of clean wine and transform it into a winter-inspired cocktail or post-dinner digestif. Warm spices make mulled wine a seasonal favorite, but if you’d rather not use a whole bottle, you can easily turn a cup of leftover wine into a spiked latte.

How to Make Mulled Wine (the Minimalist Way)

Mulled wine is one of the easiest winter alcoholic drinks. This recipe, shared by Cassy Joy Garcia of Fed & Fit, is a low-key approach that only requires five ingredients: red wine (naturally), apple cider, orange juice, an orange, and cinnamon sticks.

Red Wine Hot Cacao

Red wine and chocolate have always paired beautifully, and this recipe combines the two ingredients into a comforting and boozy beverage you’ll be excited to stay in and sip. Add cayenne pepper for a little kick.

A Waste-Free Leftover Wine Recipe

No need to worry about leftover wine going bad. This latte recipe involves making a cabernet syrup (using reduced wine and sugar), then adding chocolate syrup, espresso, and steamed milk.


If You Wake Up With … Coffee

The best winter coffee drinks enhance your favorite brew with ingredients you probably have in your pantry already.

Cashew Butter Coffee

For an energizing take on your morning beverage, make your usual pour-over but add a scoop of cashew butter (for a bit of protein and healthy fat) and blend until frothy.

The Only Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Gone are the days when the only option for lattes was cow’s milk. This vegan version whisks pumpkin purée with classic spices like ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, then finishes the drink with a dollop of coconut cream.

Peppermint Cacao Mocha

Put on your party hats—peppermint extract makes this mocha taste like a candy cane while rich chocolate and coconut milk create a creamy texture.

Vanilla Cinnamon Latte

This vegan dream of a drink takes five minutes to make. Just warm brewed coffee, oat milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and maple syrup over the stove, then whizz everything in a blender until frothy.


If You Love … Apple Cider

Make the most of the season with apple cider, a concentrated and typically unfiltered beverage popular in the cooler months.

Hot Mulled Apple Cider

This classic recipe has an antioxidant twist. Along with ground cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks, we add elderberry powder to help support immunity.

Apple Cider Upgrade: Chai Spice

Warm up with chai spices. Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and peppercorns complement tart apples in this slow cooker recipe you can simmer for hours.

Chai spiced cider


If You Swear By … Superfoods

From drops of your favorite CBD tincture to adaptogens like golden turmeric, healthy drink recipes are ideal vessels for your daily supplement dose.

Your Evening Routine Needs Vanilla Moon Milk

When you could use respite from a long week, turn to our vanilla moon milk with dried lavender, raw honey, and a few drops of CBD oil to help you relax.

Golden Milk Latte Recipe

This photo-worthy latte gets its color from a double dose of turmeric: powder and turmeric-infused bone broth. The added nutrition will help ease you out of an afternoon slump, and only takes five minutes to prepare.

Magnesium Moon Milk

Ground yourself before bed with magnesium moon milk. It combines magnesium powder—a nutrient that converts food into energy and may help you ease into sleep—with pantry staples like coconut milk, ground ginger, and cardamom.

The Best Turmeric Latte

Curl up in your favorite blanket and sip this honey-sweetened latte made with rich coconut milk, raw nectar, and all the warm spices (including turmeric, nutmeg, and ginger). For an extra luxurious sip, top off your mug with coconut whipped cream.

Hemp and Coconut Chai Latte

We love this toasty drink for two reasons. First, it’s a vessel for whole-plant hemp extract and adaptogenic herbs. Second, the concentrate (spiked with cardamom, allspice, and cinnamon) makes enough for 10 servings so you can warm up on repeat for days.

London Fog Latte With MCT Oil

Head to London (in a cup, that is) with a restorative keto-friendly latte inspired by a foggy city across the pond. The recipe adds lavender and MCT oil to Earl Grey tea for an energizing afternoon sip.

Hibiscus Rose Moon Milk

Here’s one more moon milk recipe for good measure. Enhance your evening routine with calming and floral rose hip tea steeped with macadamia nut milk, honey, ginger, and ashwagandha powder.


If You Need a … Cocktail

The Hot Toddy has roots in British-controlled India and dictionary.com notes that in the 1600s, the Hindi word “taddy” (first recorded between 1600-1610) meant “beverage made from fermented palm sap.” The version we know today blends the perfect amount of booze with honey for sweetness and spices for warmth.

The Best Hot Toddy Recipe to Sip by the Fire

Keep classic cocktail ingredients on hand for a relaxing night in. This easy Hot Toddy recipe makes one drink—double it to serve two.

Ingredients

¾ cup water
1 ½ ounces whiskey
2 to 3 teaspoons Thrive Market Organic Raw Honey
2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 lemon peel
1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Instructions
Bring water to a simmer in a small saucepan; pour into mug. Add whiskey, 2 teaspoons honey and 2 teaspoons lemon juice; stir until honey dissolves. Taste and add reserved honey and lemon juice if needed. Garnish with lemon peel and cinnamon stick, if using.


If Your Afternoon Always Involves … Tea

With flavors ranging from sweet to savory, there’s an appropriate tea for any occasion. This winter we’re relying on our favorite sustainable Thrive Market teas like Earl Grey (see above), black, and ceremonial matcha to bring extra comfort on the coldest days.

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Paleo Matcha Latte

Embrace your inner barista with a three-ingredient paleo-friendly matcha latte recipe. Ceremonial matcha, honey, and coconut milk are all you need for latte perfection.

A Rose Latte for the Long Days of Winter

Pretty in pink, here’s a rose tea latte tinted with beet root powder for added nutrients. A frothy dollop of your favorite creamer will have you smitten with this winter-ready recipe.

Keto Chai Latte

If you’re feeling chilly but following a keto diet, keep this chai latte recipe on standby. Powdered grass-fed butter (delivering MCT, minerals, and vitamins) is the ketogenic twist your body needs for added nutrition.

Vegan Moringa Latte

The moringa plant hails from India and is considered a superfood thanks to nutrients like B12, vitamin C, and thiamin. This vegan and caffeine-free latte starts with earthy rooibos tea, then adds creamy coconut milk, lemon juice, and moringa leaf powder.

Your New Bedtime Brew: Chamomile and Honey Latte

Relax with a cup of chamomile tea that adds raw Manuka honey and frothed almond milk for a coffee shop experience at home.


If You’re Craving … Hot Chocolate

Knowing how to make hot chocolate is a winter survival strategy, and these recipes will satisfy your cravings while simultaneously making the day infinitely cozier.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

A few extra touches—including a pinch of punchy cayenne and ground cinnamon—make this easy drinking chocolate recipe extra special. Bonus: It’s ready in five.

Chocolate Hazelnut Latte

Cacao butter, espresso, and non-dairy hazelnut creamer are the decadent ingredients in this invigorating latte that’ll help you start even the dreariest of days.

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Nicole GulottaNicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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