Winter is here, which means it’s pretty chilly outside. When the weather gets cold, it signals us to pull out our favorite comfy oversized sweaters, slippers, and blankets. The thing that will warm you up best during this time of year is delicious warm drinks. Our favorite drinks that are sure to warm you up during these cold winter months are hot chocolate and tea. You can never really go wrong with the two, and the best thing about these drinks is that you can cater them however you’d like.
When it comes to hot chocolate, there are many variations, but the classic recipe is milk or cream and cocoa powder mixed together with sugar until it’s nice and creamy. Usually, you can spice things up a little with vanilla extract, cinnamon, and even peppermint. When you’re using the milk/cream/cocoa method, make sure to keep an eye on how much cocoa you put in. If you add too much to your taste (or if there’s too little liquid), just add more sugar or milk until it tastes right. That’s what the classic method is all about: finding a balance between your sweet tooth and your love of cocoa. Once you’ve got that decided, you can choose how to spice things up even further with additions like cinnamon powder or chili powder. To make it more creamy, feel free to add a bit of honey or whipped cream on top.
Tea is also a great option. There are many different types of teas, and they range in color and flavor, but all will help you warm up on a chilly day. For example, green tea, which has many health benefits. It also contains antioxidants that are both healthy for your body and help you stay warm. Mint tea, or peppermint tea, is great for sore throats. It contains antioxidants that can soothe the throat muscles. Mint tea also has a cooling effect on the throat which makes it more comfortable to drink in cold weather. There are also black teas which are often more soothing on the throat than other types of tea. They are not as light tasting as mint or green tea but a stronger flavor that many people enjoy drinking on cold days. Whichever beverage you choose, they’ll be sure to give you that needed energy boost.