Whether you live where the winter temps stay chilly day and night, or you live in a milder clime, where a warm nighttime beverage is just the ticket, here are five recipes for deliciously hot drinks that each offer a twist on favorite wintertime beverages.

Hot Apple-Cranberry Cider

4 cups apple cider

4 cups cranberry juice (not cranberry cocktail)

Brown sugar to taste

4 cinnamon sticks

Pinch of whole cloves

Combine apple cider and cranberry juice in a large pot. Add brown sugar to taste if you like a sweeter cider. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain to remove spices and serve warm.

Easy Hot Chai Tea Apple Cider

Combine chai tea (regular or decaf) and apple cider to make a quick sweet-and-spicy treat.

1 chai tea bag

1 cup apple cider

In a microwave safe mug, microwave apple cider on high for 1-2 minutes, or until hot. Add chai tea bag and let steep 3-5 minutes.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

8 oz. milk (or non-dairy milk)

1 Tbsp. smooth peanut butter

1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. sugar or equivalent sweetener

Toppings: Chocolate chips, chopped peanuts, whipped cream

Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to simmer. Add peanut butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. Whisk together until dissolved. Remove from heat, and top with whipped cream, and chocolate chips.

Quick Nutella Coffee

2 tsp. Nutella

1 cup hot coffee

Half-and-half or milk (optional)

Whipped cream

Start with a hot cup your favorite freshly brewed coffee. Add Nutella and stir until it melts. Add milk or half-and-half to taste and top with whipped cream.

Hot Chocolate with Toppings

Try these hot chocolate recipes and experiment with the many fun toppings options.


Crushed peppermint or candy canes

Caramel sauce or caramel pieces

Sweetened coconut flakes

Candy sprinkles

Cocoa puff cereal

Chocolate cookie crumbles Peanuts

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Bonus Topping

Make some Marshmallow Snowman Toppers to add for fun or to delight a loved one:

Large marshmallows

Pretzel sticks

Candy corn

Chocolate syrup (or cake decorating gel)

Connect three marshmallows with pretzel sticks, then add the pretzel sticks for arms (and legs if you want). Add candy corn for the nose. Use melted chocolate or cake decoration gel to add eyes, mouth, and buttons.