The best course of action on these frosty days is to sip on a hot drink that will feel like it’s warming you from the inside. Here are some ideas for family-friendly hot beverages that will keep you toasty through the winter:
A hot cup of lemon juice and honey is perfect if you’re feeling a little under the weather — it’s like those powdered cold medications that you mix with hot water, just without the actual medicine. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a mug and stir in a tablespoon of honey. Top up the mug with hot water (and adjust the amount of honey to your taste) and you have an instant hot drink that will also soothe a sore throat.
Flavoured hot chocolate
Most of us know how to make regular hot chocolate or have a favourite packaged version, but also you can jazz up your standard hot chocolate with different flavours. Try adding a drop of peppermint extract, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a dash of cinnamon along with a pinch of chili powder (for a Mexican-style hot chocolate).
Hot apple cider
Hot cider is a perfect drink to make in the wintertime — heat non-alcoholic apple cider juice with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and other mulling spices slowly over the course of an hour or two to let the flavours mingle. This works particularly well in a slow cooker: set it before an afternoon of skating or sledding and you’ll have a warm treat waiting for you when you get home.
If you don’t mind the caffeine, make your own blend of chai with spices like cardamom, cloves, ginger, and cloves and some black tea. Blend it with warm milk and sugar and you’ve got a chai latte in your own kitchen.
This “tea” doesn’t require any actual tealeaves — you can make your own herbal blend with slices of fresh ginger, honey, and hot water. Develop a more complex flavour by adding in some crushed cardamom pods and fennel seeds.
Hot pineapple tea
If you like to buy fresh pineapple during the winter for a taste of sunshine, use the rinds to make a surprisingly delicious hot drink. Put the rinds and core of one pineapple (or four cups of pineapple juice) into a slow cooker with a couple slices of ginger, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, some cloves, a cinnamon stick, and two cups of water and cook on low for four to six hours. Throw a tea bag in for 10 minutes before serving and you’ve got a unique warm drink.