Winter months are cold so hot drinks can really warm you up. Here are some great hot drink recipes for fall and winter!
Cinnamon Cranberry Drink
- 1 quart of water
- 3 quarts of water
- 5 cups of cranberries
- 2 cups of sugar
- 10 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, add 1-quart of water and the cranberries. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or till you see the cranberries start to pop. Drain but keep the liquid and the cranberries. In another saucepan, add sugar, cranberry liquid, cranberries and the 3-quarts of water. Add the cloves and cinnamon stick to a cheesecloth and tie with string. Add cheesecloth to the saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the cheesecloth and discard. Strain the juice through a fine strainer and serve.
White Hot Chocolate
- 4 ounces of white chocolate
- 5 ounces of milk
- 3 ounces of heavy cream
- Vanilla bean or cinnamon stick (optional)
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a glass baking dish, add the white chocolate and roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the milk and heavy cream and bring to a simmer. You can also add in vanilla bean or cinnamon stick for added flavor. Add in the white chocolate from the oven, mix until smooth and serve. We’ve used KitchenAid hand mixer for this but mixing by hand works, too.
Mexican Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups of milk
- ¾ tablespoon of brown sugar
- 5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Very small pinch of cayenne pepper
In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, add in milk and brown sugar and bring to a simmer. Remove saucepan from heat and add in chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Stir and let steep for 4 minutes. Place the saucepan back on the stove and over low heat, allow to simmer. Pour into mugs and serve.