Winter has settled in with freezing cold winds engulfing you every time you step outside. The only thing better than continuing to curl up under a cozy blanket in the morning, is to curl up with a warm winter drink in hand. Unfortunately, for school goers and working people, this is a dream that comes true just once or twice a week. To turn up the heatwithout impacting the climate, here are a few easy to make drinks that will instantly warm you up and alsobrighten your mood in the bargain.
Homemade Hot Cocoa: This most staple of winter warmers is quite simple to conjure up. For a family-sized serving of five cups, combine quarter cup unsweetened cocoa powder, half cup granulated sugar, a third of a cup of hot water and a pinch of salt in a medium saucepan. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Stir in four cups milk and continue to heat, but do not boil. Remove from heat, stir in a teaspoon of vanilla extract and serve immediately.
Winter Lemonade: With only four ingredients, winter lemonade scores highest in accessibility and preparation time. To prepare, slice a lemon and skewer onto the cinnamon stick. In a glass of hot water, stir in honey and drop the cinnamon stick and lemon and let it steep for a few minutes. The beauty of cinnamon and lemon is that you can keep adding hot water and it will still retain its initial strong flavor. The herbal quality of the drink also makes it ideal for sore throats or congested noses.
Hot Vanilla Milk: To prepare this delicious drink,simmer four cups of milk and quarter cup sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once done, stir in half teaspoon vanilla extract and divide among four mugs. Sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top to add more flavor.
Toasted marshmallow and malt milkshake: For some, a milkshake is all they need on a coldrainy day. To prepare this milkshake, you need to place half cup mini marshmallows on a sheet pan and stick under the broiler until they turn lightly golden brown and toasted. This happens quickly, so watch carefully. Once done, place twotablespoons of milk, two tablespoons of malted milk powder, and two tablespoons of marshmallow crème in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds until dissolved and mixed together. Add two cups vanilla ice cream, half the marshmallows and blend until mixed. Top with remaining toasted marshmallows.
Homemade Chai Latte: A good chai latte is a great substitute for coffee of any variety. To prepare one, place two tea bags, one teaspoon ground cinnamon, half teaspoon ground ginger and quarter teaspoon ground allspice in a coffee filter of a drip coffeemaker. Add one cup water and brew. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine one cup milk, quarter cup brown sugar and two tablespoons refrigerated creamer. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and sugar is dissolved. Pour the milk mixture into two mugs and stir in the prepared tea. Dollop with whipped toppings and you are good to go.