With all this cold weather, all we want to do is drink warm tea all day long. And swap it for hot chocolate and add in a duvet and sofa and you have the definition of happiness.
To make your winter drinks extra special this year, we’ve collected a couple of our favourite winter drinks recipes so you can make them from scratch. Because when it’s cold outside it’s much easier to waddle to the kitchen in your dressing gown than it is to get dressed and brave the journey to the nearest shop. And it’s much more fun to enjoy them snuggled up in front of the television.
Homemade hot chocolate (taken from the BBC Food website)
Ingredients (makes 4):
1 vanilla pod, split and its seeds scraped out
1 cinnamon stick
1 litre/1¾ pints milk
150g/5½oz plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces
Sugar, to taste
Freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting
Heat the vanilla pod and seeds, cinnamon stick and milk in a saucepan until boiling.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate pieces, stirring until the chocolate melts.
Whisk the hot chocolate vigorously until frothy on top and add sugar to your personal taste. Sprinkle with a dusting of nutmeg.
If, instead of a cosy night in, you’re hosting a gathering or dinner party this season, we have the perfect warm drink for you and your guests.
Spiced Cranberry Punch (taken from the Good Food channel)
Ingredients (serves 20):
2 litres cranberry juice
600ml of apple juice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp dried allspice berries
½ tsp ground nutmeg
50g caster sugar, optional
Orange wedge to garnish
Combine all ingredients, except the garnish, in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain to remove the spices. Place the mixture in a heatproof bowl.
Garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.
Chai Latte (taken from WikiHow)
2whole black peppercorns
3 green cardamom pods, gently smashed with side of knife
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 vanilla bean, scraped and seeds reserved
1 tablespoon black tea, preferably Assam
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar or honey, if desired
Combine the peppercorns, smashed cardamom pods, cloves, ginger, vanilla bean and seeds and cinnamon stick together in a bowl.
Combine the spices and water in a small saucepan. Bring the saucepan to the boil, then cover and simmer for five minutes.
Add the loose leaf black tea to the saucepan, and continue to simmer for another five minutes. If you don’t have loose leaf tea, it you can use a tea bag instead.
While the tea is simmering, heat the milk using a stand-alone milk steamer, microwave or hob until the temperature reaches 140 degrees fahrenheit (60 celsius).
Strain the tea mixture into a mug using a fine mesh strainer. Fill the cup half or two thirds of the way to the top.
Add the heated or foamed milk to the tea, filling the cup to the top. Add sugar or honey to your personal taste.