As we move deeper into fall and then winter, it seems that warm drinks are especially welcome. It's a natural seasonal progression, in my opinion, we move from cold, light refreshing drinks to warmer, richer liquids to fuel our days. A natural tendency that I see no reason to shun. Grab those mugs and full them up with warm drinks for cool days in the coming seasons.
Let me just say that I have a pretty serious love affair with coffee. All things flavored coffee if I'm being completely honest. For the most part, my cup is usually filled with drip coffee and a just splash of goat milk. Now and then I do a fancy drink or make a homemade mocha but most of the time, I'm pretty boring. Still, that warm cup of coffee in my chilled hands after a morning walk is pretty much the best thing.
Skip the dubious chemicals and expense at fancy coffee shops and make it at home
Frothy Peppermint Mocha
Peppermint and chocolate is always a great combination, why not put it in coffee too?
Maple Clove Butter Coffee
Sweet and spicy with a healthy fat twist
Perhaps there's a reason to skip coffee, that doesn't mean one has to miss the coffee flavor. Try these herbal substitutions full of flavor but none of the off-putting parts of coffee:
Coffee like flavor from natural chicory root and a little chocolate too for a coffee-house inspired drink
Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee |
Use your weeds for a caffeine-free coffee-like drink sure to satisfy.
The great thing about herbal tea is that it can be strictly about flavor or it can be about healing. You choose what works best for you and your needs:
I think this would particularly lovely at night when trying to relax and get ready for sleep
Cinnamon Tea for Soothing Sore Throats
Spicy and full of herbs to heal those sore throats
Full of herbs and spices known for their aphrodisiac powers drink up with your love on a chilly night
Chai Tea Variations
This spicy brew has any number of adaptations and so easily be made to suit individual tastes. Try these as inspiration and begin mixing up your own:
Easy Chai Tea Recipe
Mix up the basic spice and add to regular black tea
Chaga Chai With Carob and Coconut
Full of nourishing herbs and flavor
Masala Chai Tea Concentrate
Keep it the fridge and warm it up quickly for on-the-go days.
Warming Healing Golden Milk Spiced Chai
Increase the healing power of your chai with turmeric
Because is there anything more comforting than warm chocolate?
Herbal Hot Chocolate
Use those homegrown herbs for additional flavor and nourishment in your cup of decadent chocolate
Lavender-White Chocolate Steamer
This version is full of good for you ingredients that can make you feel good about serving this as dessert often
Maca Hot Cocoa Mix
Make of mix of hot cocoa and healing maca for a quick cup anytime.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
Healthier and cheaper than the ones at your favorite coffee shop - this one even uses real pumpkin, not just spice for fall flavor.
Let's be honest a shot of homemade cordial or whiskey in hot chocolate always works as a warm cocktail. However, for those times when you want something slowly mulled or even a little more special give these a try:
Mulled Hard Cider
Regular mulled cider is always a fall treat but take it up a notch with this hard version for adults.
Spiced Winter Wine
Cool days and nights just scream for spice and when mulled with wine one can never go wrong.
Hot Buttered Rum
Rich and sweet this is great for special occasions and gatherings.
Fruity Warm Drinks
The seasonal fruits of fall and winter lend themselves very well to gentle heating and drinking:
How to Make Cranberry Punch
Use these seasonal gems for a delicious treat
Easy Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider
Made quick & easy in the instant pot
Traditionally full of winter fruits that is naturally sweet with just a bit of spice
Hawthorn Mulled Apple Cider
Get some herbal healing for your heart in your cider drinking
Warm milk has a way of being comforting and soothing all in a simple cup. Use cow milk or non-dairy alternatives as suit your needs:
Full of comfort and healing herbs this is a great winter drink
Sweet and spicy for the Harry Potter Fans and those that love them
Actual pumpkin and spice with your warmed milk for a seasonal sensation