Top Five Delightfully Simple Winter Drinks
A list of deceivingly easy hot drink recipes. Perfect for large parties, small gatherings, or enjoyment alone!
Winter is nearing, so visions of sharing warm meals with loved ones, curling up by the fireplace with your favorite novel, or taking romantic strolls through snowlit evenings are now becoming reality. Piping hot drinks also come to mind, drinks which are crucial for many people’s cold season survival. The search begins for new recipes…
But are you not weary of complicated recipes requiring over a dozen ingredients? After all, sometimes you merely wish to create a decent cup for yourself! Me too. So, after a steamy summer of experimentation and narrowing down, here are my top 5 winter drink combinations requiring no more than 3 ingredients, yet retaining that winter warmth wow factor. And don’t be put off by the seemingly obvious simplicity of these suggestions. Good taste, when mastered, is indeed simple. Enjoy!
*Each combination below is good for one serving.
1. Spiced Apple and Orange
A convenient, yet tasty drink for holiday parties!
Ingredients: 1 cup apple juice, 3/4 cup orange juice, 5 whole cloves
Method: Combine all ingredients (optional: add one cinnamon stick for a sweeter flavor) in a small pot, cook on high heat. Once boiling, lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Serve.
2. Irish Coffee Simplified
This is a perfect drink for romance, small gatherings, or after meals.
Ingredients: 1 serving espresso, 1 tablespoon Irish cream liquor, 1 teaspoon sugar
Method: Prepare espresso (instant is okay, but not quite as tasty). Add sugar and Irish cream liquor (tip: most recipes claim it is imperative to use Bailey’s brand, however, there are other quality – and much cheaper – brands available, such as Highfields). Serve.
3. Ginger Cranberry Tea
A personal favorite, also great for parties or absolutely perfect for a chilly winter stroll!
Ingredients: 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 black tea bag, 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
Method: Heat cranberry juice and powdered ginger on medium heat for 5-10 minutes (the longer you cook it, the smoother the taste). Take off heat and let teabag seap for 5 minutes. Serve.
4. Mint Tea
Surprisingly delicious. Great for an afternoon snack.
Ingredients: 1 mint or peppermint tea bag, 3 teaspoons sugar, 2 tablespoons milk
Method: Heat 1 cup water. Add all ingredients (tip: warming milk beforehand enhances taste) and stir. Wait 5 minutes and serve.
5. Hot Chocolate Superb
Ingredients: 1 cup milk, 2 teaspoons heavy cream, 1 pack dark hot chocolate powder (or 2 tablespoons)
Method: Heat milk. Add hot chocolate and cream (optional: add one teaspoon sugar if you have an extra sweet tooth). Stir and serve.