When winter weather seems to seep into your bones, when the days are short and you crave anything toasty, these easy and delicious winter warm drinks will have you relishing the frigid months of the season.
And I mentioned easy, right?
Here you will find simple recipes for warm drinks ranging from tea to lattes, healthful hot toddies, mulled cider, hot cocoa, mocktails, and more, perfect for a cold winter day.
For me, I can’t tell you how many afternoons are spent walking around my kitchen with a cup of hot water. I love my winter teas and morning latte’s, but sometimes even a steaming cup of warm water will do the trick.
These recipes are decidedly more delicious than warm water!
But before we get to them, let’s first let’s explore a newer January trend that Americans are increasingly embracing.
What is Dry January?
“Dry January” actually began in the U.K. in 2014 to improve health. Since then, the idea has traveled to other countries, including the United States and shows no sign of fading.
“The first year 4,000 people participated. In 2022, 35% of American adults, according to a CNN report, gave up drinking for the month.”
Essentially “Dry January” encourages setting aside alcoholic beverages in lieu of flavorful, even healthy drinks during the month, and hopefully continuing throughout the winter.
Why Are Warm Drinks Comforting?
You know that moment when you first nestle a warm beverage into your hands on a chilly day? It’s a moment of euphoria for me. A moment when the world seems right again and hope springs new that my fingers will actually warm up.
Warm drinks are cups of happiness that brighten your mood, soothe aches and heartaches, instant relaxers, and a delightful welcome home.
As it turns out, warm drinks are more than just a feeling.
Studies show that sipping warm liquids help expand blood vessels and improve circulation, which is linked to muscle relaxation.
Research from Yale University and the University of Colorado suggests that “physical warmth and emotional warmth are linked. In fact, the temperature of the drink you’re holding could influence your feelings of trust and tenderness toward toward the people around you.”
Non Alcoholic Hot Toddy
Health professionals will often recommend a non-alcoholic “hot toddy” to relieve sinus issues and boost immunity. This Williams Sonoma version is more than even the doctor could order. Absolutely delicious!
"With notes of honey and cinnamon, this alcohol-free version of a hot today channels the cozy warmth of the original, but with an added dose of heat from infused chiles. We use dandelion root tea in this toddy, which has a smooth flavor and detoxifying properties that we especially love during all the festivities of the holiday season."
There is nothing quite like a warm cup of Homemade Lemon Ginger Tea on chilly days. With high levels of Vitamin C and magnesium, a cup of fresh lemon ginger tea not only boosts immunity but reduces stress, helps heal, and soothes. And it’s very easy to make with fresh ingredients at home!
Irish Breakfast Tea is a robust blend of black tea that is hearty and delicious. Which makes it the perfect cup of tea to wake up to. Take it as the Irish do, with a splash of milk and maybe a scone or two. Here's how to brew that perfect cup of Irish Breakfast Tea.
These winter teas are perfect to curl up with on wintry, chilly days. From morning brews to afternoon tea, late-day tea, and even after-dinner tea blends, deliciously suited for blustery days of winter.