8 Healthy Winter Drinks to Warm Up and Enjoy Winter

8 Healthy Winter Drinks To Warm Up And Enjoy Winter

Winter, that is, the weather outside can be frightful, and when the temperature drops, we tend to cozy up with cold-weather beverages.

Is there anything as soothing as a hot, spiced beverage on a winter day? Whatever you do, whether a commute to work or hang at home, a warm, healthy winter drink is a treat. But what should you drink?

 

#1 Spiced Apple Cider

First, there is an alcoholic and nonalcoholic version of this soothing drink. Why should you drink it? Apple cider vinegar is packed with antioxidants, rich in vitamin C and a good source of potassium (all good for the heart). Cinnamon is excellent for lowering blood pressure and for the heart too.

You will need:

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup applejack
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon schnapps
  • Cinnamon sticks

Bring apple cider, whole cloves and cinnamon stick to boil, let it simmer for 5 minutes. Once it’s steaming hot, discard the ingredients, pour the beverage into mugs, garnish with the cinnamon stick and serve hot. To make an alcoholic version, add applejack and schnapps. This is a recipe for six servings, 3/4 cup each.

 

#2 Chai Tea

This is a perfect drink to satisfy your sweet tooth and boost energy, and you can make it in 10 minutes. Chai Tea is a drink made of cinnamon, ginger and black peppercorn, the ingredients rich in essential vitamins and minerals, combined with strong black tea and soothing milk.

You will need:

  • 8 cardamom seeds
  • 8 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 bags black tea
  • 8 teaspoons sugar (to taste)

Crush the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns, place the spices in a medium saucepan, add the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk, and 2 cups water, and bring to boil. Remove from heat, add black tea bags, cover and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain, pour into cups and add sugar. This is a recipe for 4 cups.

 

#3 Sweet ginger drink

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Ginger is the favorite winter ingredient and very heart friendly too. Citrusy taste of ginger is also known to help soothe an upset stomach. This is an old Chinese recipe, which is an alternative drink to spiced apple cider, so if you love ginger, opt for this sweet drink.

You will need:

  • 5 cups of water
  • ¼ cup sliced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey

This healthy drink is very simple to make: use saucepan, add ginger and bring to boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes, stir in the brown sugar and honey (honey is optional) and wait until the sugar is dissolved. Strain out the ginger and serve. You can also add a little lemon.

 

#4 Mulled wine with cranberries

Oldie but a goodie. Cranberry juice is an excellent source of antioxidants, which is another reason to invest 25 minutes into making this delicious drink.

What do you need?

  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 3 cups dry red wine (Merlot)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Use a large saucepan and add cranberry juice cocktail, cinnamon sticks, sugar and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes, stir in the wine and cranberries and simmer again. Once the berries burst, let them cool a bit and serve in four cups.

 

#5 Spiced chocolate

This drink will warm you from within, anytime, anywhere, perfect for cozy winter nights. Moreover, it will give you a health boost with calcium and riboflavin (B vitamin).

The ingredients you need are:

  • 4 cups prepared hot cocoa with 1% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 cinnamon sticks

Combine cocoa, chili powder and nutmeg, pour into four mugs, add a cinnamon stick, and serve.

 

#6 Hot milk punch

A creamy drink perfect for the whole family.

The ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Use a medium saucepan and combine water and sugar. Bring it to boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Once you get a syrup, let it cool. Combine the syrup with vanilla and milk, and stir to combine. Once the mixture is combined, pour into 4 cups or glasses, garnish with freshly grated nutmeg, and serve.

 

#7 Dairy-free hot cocoa

Dairy-free hot cocoa
Super creamy, all-natural drink, to warm you up, plus, who doesn’t like cocoa and chocolate? Dark chocolate is rich in bioflavonoids, which help decrease blood pressure and reduce stress, and chocolate is aphrodisiac.

You need around 5 minutes to prepare it, and these are the ingredients:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 large date, pitted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1-ounce dark chocolate

First, soak cashews and pitted date in a bowl of water, and let it stay at least one hour (overnight). Drain and rinse, and place into a blender adding water, sweetener, and cocoa powder, vanilla and salt, and blend until smooth. Use medium pot, put all ingredients and add the chocolate, heat until the chocolate is melted and stir to combine. Remove from the heat and serve. You can add chili peppers or honey to sweeten it.

 

#8 Cranberry-orange Wassail

Fruits, cinnamon and clove, a drink rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

You will need:

  • 4 cups of cranberry juice
  • 3 cups of fresh orange juice
  • 20-25 red hot or cinnamon candies
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (optional)

You can make fresh cranberry juice by boiling four cups of water and fresh cranberries (four cups). Bring it to boil, for 10-15 minutes, until cranberries pop, strain it and add one cup of sugar, then heat until the sugar is dissolved.

To make Wassail, use a large pot, add all ingredients, and heat on low for up to two hours, stir occasionally and add a few fresh orange slices while heating. Remove closes before serving and pour into mugs. You can also use apple or pineapple juice, whichever you like, and add cinnamon sticks to flavor.

 

Take a break from the usual drinks and warm up with these healthy drinks.

Do you have a favorite winter drink?

 
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Last article update: 11/27/2219