Fed up with the cold, wet weather? Are you looking forward to the brighter, warmer days of spring?
When the excitement of Christmas and Thanksgiving is over, many people find the cooler days and longer nights a bit hard to stomach. This can even lead to issues such as low vitamin D and seasonal affective disorders in colder, darker climates.
Of course, there are some other good things about the colder season than the holidays, and here, you will be walked through some of the best drinks to consume to keep you feeling warm, safe, and cozy on those long winter nights.
Hot chocolate is a classic drink that everyone loves and, unlike some of the other drinks on this list, is suitable for kids too! This drink is made by heating milk with chocolate chips or cocoa powder. You can add sugar to sweeten it up and whipped cream or marshmallows to make it extra decadent. Or why not mix it up a bit more and look into buying chocolate bombs at Dallmann? With the range of flavors and add-on toppings, you are bound to find something you enjoy! Of course, if you want to make it even more delicious or are looking to drink this on a cold, wet winter morning going to work, you can add a shot of espresso!
Mulled wine is a perfect drink for those who want to warm up with a little bit of alcohol. This drink is made by heating red wine with spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The heat causes the spices to release their flavors, creating a delicious aroma that fills the air. You can also add fruits like oranges or apples to add some extra flavor. Serve the hot mulled wine in a mug garnished with a cinnamon stick or orange slice.
If you want your kids to enjoy the taste of mulled wine without the alcohol, there are fruit punches that you can buy to heat up or even alcohol-free mulled wine. Tasty, fun, and a nice way to stay warm.
A hot toddy is a Celtic drink that is perfect for those who want to fight off a cold or flu. This drink is made by combining hot water, honey, lemon juice, and a shot of whiskey. The honey aids in soothing a sore throat, while the whiskey warms you up and helps you to relax, which is great if you are finding it hard to sleep due to a cold. The lemon juice provides a boost of vitamin C, which is great for boosting your immune system and also helps the drink to taste good!
Hot Apple Cider
Hot apple cider is a classic drink that is perfect for fall and winter, and surprisingly, it can even help to soothe a sore throat. It is made by heating apple cider with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The drink can be sweetened with honey or maple syrup to add a slight touch of sweetness. Serve it in a mug with a cinnamon stick or a slice of apple for garnish.