10 Hot Drinks to Warm Up Your Winter

Hot Chocolate in a mug with marshmallows and sprinkles
Photo: Ani

There's nothing quite like cozying up next to the fireplace with a hot drink in your hand during the wintertime. Our round-up of hot beverages will keep you toasty with tasty options like hot chocolate, warm apple cider, and spicy chai. Some recipes are boozy while others aren't, but each can easily be altered to become family-friendly (or adult-friendly, depending on your mood).

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Hot Apple Cider

Hot Apple Cider
Pictured: Hot Apple Cider. France C

Fresh apple cider and real maple syrup are the backbone for this wow-worthy drink. Each sip is infused with fresh citrus peel and heady spices.

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Cranberry Wassail

cranberry wassail punch in glass mugs

Wassail is traditionally an alcoholic spiced cider, but this mocktail version has a twist with the addition of tart cranberry juice. For an even bolder taste, recipe creator Miss Blurton suggests making the drink ahead and keeping it in the fridge until briefly reheating before serving.

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Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate in a mug with marshmallows and sprinkles

You can't beat a classic like hot chocolate. While it's made from scratch, this simple recipe only requires five ingredients and a microwave.

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Quick Gingerbread Latte

Quick Gingerbread Latte in a glass mug
Tammy Lynn

Transform you favorite winter cookie into a warming latte with this hot drink recipe. The flavors of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves can be enjoyed with each sip.

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Hot Spiced Tea for the Holidays

tea in a white mug

Basic tea is nice for warming up, but your winter will feel extra special with this spiced recipe instead. Pineapple and orange juices add zing while cinnamon and cloves give the whole beverage a holiday feel.

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Chef John's Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum in a glass mug
Chef John

Creamy, buttery, and boozy, what's not to love? Reviewer Rising Sons says, "Super-simple to make and very delicious. And because the 'batter' goes a long way, it's easy to keep some on hand for use at a later date."

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White-Hot Hot Chocolate

white hot chocolate in a mug
Rodney Douglas

Irresistibly rich, this hot drink is made with white chocolate, milk, cinnamon, and an egg to create a silky smooth texture. The secret ingredient is cayenne, which adds an ever-so-slight bite that will warm you up.

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Viennexican Coffee

Viennexican Coffee in a white mug

Featuring bold spices, cocoa powder, plus vanilla and orange extracts, this flavorful spin on coffee is like nothing else you've ever tasted. "Thinking of the spiciness of Viennese coffees and of the chocolate and fruit flavors of South American beverages, I believe the combination makes a beautiful result for the taste buds and the system as a whole," describes recipe creator magicdress.

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Dreamy Nighttime Drink

Warm milk in a glass

Need help getting to sleep? This soothing blend of milk, honey, vanilla, and cinnamon will help you relax during winter evenings.

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Chai Tea

Chai Tea
Soup Loving Nicole

Black tea is boosted with the addition of green cardamom, cinnamon sticks, black peppercorns, and a spoonful of sugar. Add a dash of milk to this Indian-inspired beverage for a creamy drink you'll love to sip.

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