How to Make 10 Sensational Hot Drink Recipes for Winter

With the cold weather approaching in the south and showing its colors in the north, we often find ourselves snuggling up with warm blankets, wearing fuzzy socks and wanting hot drinks perfect for cold weather. These hot drink recipes with benefits to every sip, are perfect for cold days and even colder nights.

I gathered these 10 hot drink recipes from around the web that are very simple to make, take very little time and have ingredients that are readily found if you don’t already have them in your kitchen. These hot drinks should keep you warm and cozy all winter long.

Besides, what better way to enjoy winter than cozying up in a warm blanket with a delicious hot drink right!

Hot Drink Recipes

Peppermint Mocha:

The is one of my favorites. If you love Peppermint Patties and coffee, this will become one of your favorite hot drink recipes too.


1/2 cup coffee

2 drops peppermint extract

1/3 cups nonfat milk or cream

2 Tbs dark chocolate syrup


Brew your coffee and pour into a mug. Stir in peppermint and syrup. Stir in the milk. Enjoy.

Recipe from: Shape

Spiced Cider:

This is an old-time remedy and and one of the hot drink recipes that my grandparents used to make with the addition of some whiskey or bourbon.

Hot Apple Cider


1 cup unsweetened apple juice

1 cup water

1/2 cup orange juice concentrate

1/2 cup lemonade concentrate

1 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

2 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks


Combine the 1st. 7 ingredients in a slow cooker. Tie cloves and cinnamon sticks in a cheesecloth bag. Place in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours until fully heated. Remove spice bag.

Makes 2 Servings.

Recipe from: Shape

French Vanilla Cappucino:

if you have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to hot drink recipes, this one is for you. You can adjust the amount of sugar also to your taste.

French Vanilla Cappachino


1 1/2 cups instant hot cocoa mix

8 oz. powdered french vanilla creamer

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 cup confectioners sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup instant coffee


Combine the first 6 ingredients in an airtight container. Can be kept for 2 months. Add 1/4 cup mix to a coffee mug of hot water. Mix. Top with whipped cream.

Makes 16 Servings.

Recipe from Taste of Home

Creamy Caramel Mocha:

If you are a fan of hot drinks with the warm taste of caramel, you will keep this recipe at the front of your hot drink recipes.

Creamy Caramel Mocha


1/2 cup heavy cream

1 Tb confectioners sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup dutch chocolate

1 1/2 cup half and half cream

4 cups strong brewed coffee

1/2 cup caramel flavor syrup


Beat whipping cream until it thickens. Add confectioners sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form. In a large saucepan whisk cocoa and Half and Half until smooth. Heat until bubbles form. Whisk in remaining ingredients and serve.

Makes 6 Servings.

Recipe from Taste of Home

Hot Toddy

This hot drink recipe is another version of the old-time drinks that our grandparents made. Remember, adults only!

A hot toddy


1 1/2 oz. brandy, whiskey or rum.

1 Tb honey or flavored syrup

1/2 oz. lemon juice or 1/4 lemon

1 cup hot water or 8 oz.

1 tea bag


Heat water. Add tea bag. Steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Coat the bottom of a mug with honey. Add liquor and lemon juice. Pour tea into the mug. Stir and serve.

Makes 2 Servings

Recipe from The Spruce

Buttered Coffee:

Although I must admit this is not one of my favorite hot drink recipes, many people love it so I have included it here.


2 cups strong coffee

1 tsp. vanilla powder

2 Tb butter

2 Tb coconut oil


Brew the coffee. Combine the coffee and other ingredients in a blender and mix. Pour into a mug and drink.

Makes 2 Servings

Recipe from Clean Eating Mag

Spiced Coconut Almond Milk:

If you want a hot drink recipe that has some powerful ingredients for your health, this one is for you.


1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp ginger powder

1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring

pinch of nutmeg

pinch of cayenne powder

1 Tb coconut oil


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan until hot and serve.

Makes 1 Serving

Recipe from Vita Cost

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Warmer:

This hot drink recipe is a fall favorite for my family. But it can be enjoyed year-round.

Creamy Pumpkin Pie Warmer


4 cups whole milk

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1 Tb coconut cream concentrate

1 Tb vanilla extract

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

pinch of salt

2 Tb honey or maple syrup

4 to 8 cinnamon sticks


Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat while stirring with a whisk. Pour into a mug when hot. Add a cinnamon stick.

Makes 4 Large mugs, 6 Medium mugs or 8 Small mugs

Recipe from Just Making Noise

Power Shot Cold Buster:

This is a great cold and flu remedy! We have been making this for years! It is one of my favorite hot drink recipes for colds that actually works.


1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

dash of cinnamon, turmeric, and nutmeg

dash of cayenne pepper and ground ginger

1/2 of a vanilla bean pod

dash of stevia


Heat almond milk in a saucepan. While milk is warming whisk in all other ingredients. Serve warm. Great for the onset of the flu.

Makes 1 Serving

Recipe from Healthy Holistic Living

Hot Ginger Tea:

Hot Ginger Tea is a sure bet for those of you that enjoy holistic living.

Hot Ginger Tea in a mug as one of the holistic hot drinks for winter.


3 oz. sliced fresh ginger root

1 cup water

1 tsp. raw organic honey


Boil the ginger, strain and stir in the honey and serve.

Makes 1 serving

Recipe from Healthy Holistic Living

Hot cocoa on a plate

There are so many more hot drink recipes and versions of the above drinks all over the internet, especially at this time of the year. I have a great collection of hot drinks on Pinterest that you can check out here.

Feel free to share your favorite hot drink recipes in the comment box below.


  1. I made some candied orange peel and the sugar syrup coating crystallized. I’ve been adding a few slices to my cup of tea as a sweetener. It gives my hot drink a nice hint of orange. – Margy

    1. Author

      Hey Margy.. Thanks for reading my post. That sounds like a delicious idea I am gonna have to try myself!

    1. Author

      Thanks, Donna! I am so happy you enjoyed them. I make the hot chocolate when we sit around the fire outside in the evenings! They do make you wish for snow and cold nights though!

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