Even though North Texas is a little indecisive when it comes to winter weather, there’s no doubt we’ll see a few more cold nights before spring arrives. On nights like these, our favorite thing to do is bundle up and sip a mug full of something hot and delicious.
So break out your coziest socks and get ready to settle in with a good book, because we have four easy recipes for hot drinks that might make you wish winter would never end.
White Chocolate Hot Cocoa
For a sweet, creamy twist on classic hot cocoa, give white chocolate cocoa a try. Made with fresh milk, real cream and star anise for a unique hint of spice, this recipe from Food Network is every bit as rich and decadent as it sounds. This indulgent recipe is the perfect way to freshen up a classic hot beverage.
- 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 14 ounces milk
- 2 ounces cream
- 3 star anise pods
Place the chopped chocolate and vanilla in a mixing bowl. In a saucepan, heat together milk, cream and star anise until boiling. Pour over chocolate and whisk well to melt. Remove star anise and pour into mugs.
Tea is one of our favorite beverages to sip on a cold day. This chai tea recipe from Real Simple is worth every bit of work it takes to gather the spices and prepare them for steeping. While there are plenty of pre-made chai mixes out there, there really is nothing like making the real thing.
- 8 cardamom pods
- 8 cloves
- 4 black peppercorns
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 11-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
- 2 cups whole milk
- 4 bags black tea (such as Darjeeling)
- 8 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste
Place the cardamom, cloves and peppercorns in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet.
Place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into cups. To each cup, add 2 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste.
Mulled Wine with Cranberries
Mulled wine is a traditional European beverage with plenty of warmth and spice. Tart, smooth and subtly spicy, this mulled wine recipe will work double time to keep you warm, especially when you make it with your favorite bottle of Cabernet or Merlot.
- 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 pieces star anise
- 3 cups dry red wine
- 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.
Warm Hazelnut Toddy
A toddy is any warm beverage made with liqueur and hot water, and sometimes a sweetener, like honey. This nutty, soul-warming drink really hits the spot on a chilly night. It also make the perfect accompaniment to a rich, chocolatey dessert, like brownies.
- 1 1/2 ounces Frangelico
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons lightly whipped heavy cream
In a mug, stir together the Frangelico and hot water. Spoon the whipped cream over the top before serving. Eat with dessert.