The winter nights are long, and the cold can be stinging. Around now we tend to crave a warm fire, a big comfy sweater, and a warm drink in our hands. We’ve compiled a list of warm and cozy drinks that keep you comfortable and happy when the nights get long. They are ideal for a chilly cozy night by the fire and can be shared with a friend on a snowy evening when it’s far too cold to go outside.
1- SAHLB (orchidée)
It is perfect for the cold winter months to keep you warm and it has a lot of goodies. First heat up a saucepan and pour in the milk, then add three or more tablespoons of sahlab. Make sure you add it to the milk in the beginning while it is cold otherwise it is going to clump up. We are going to just keep stirring it and then you can add the amount of sugar or sweetener you want. Continue to stir until it reaches a thick consistency. Finally, sprinkle the top with a little bit of cinnamon and some coconut.
2- HOT CHOCOLATE.
There are various varieties of hot chocolate; this recipe is for an Italian one. Pour some milk into a saucepan over low heat and reserve three or four tablespoons for later. In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa powder and cornstarch to make a slurry, then add the remaining milk and continue to mix until it forms a smooth paste. Give everything a good stir and as soon as it begins to thicken up turn off the stove and stir in the dark chocolate. The heat of the milk mixture will melt the chocolate, so keep stirring until you have the most beautiful smooth hot chocolate.
3- CHOCOLATE DRINK WITH PEANUT BUTTER.
This hot chocolate recipe is loaded with peanut butter, making it perfect for peanut butter lovers. It’s a rich, indulgent, warming, and incredibly delicious hot chocolate. First, heat the milk chocolate, peanut butter, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Continue to whisk until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Add cocoa powder, vanilla and sugar and whisk until completely combined and warm. Cover and remove from heat and let cocoa sit (covered) for 5 minutes if you would like a very thick hot cocoa. You can add some whipped cream to the top, melted peanut butter or some crushed peanuts.
4- EARL GRAY TEA WITH ORRANGE AND CINNAMON.
This is a simple recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. In a teapot, combine orange slices, ginger, and cinnamon. Add the boiling water and tea bags to the pot and cook for 5 minutes on low heat. Remove the jug from the heat and tuck it away for 3 minutes, covered. Add honey to the tea and pour it into cups.
5- MAPLE WHIPPED COFFEE
So far, this is my favorite quick and simple recipe on the list. First, add two tablespoons of hot water with two tablespoons of instant coffee and one tablespoon of white sugar. You can add a little more sugar if you prefer a sweeter drink or decrease the sugar a little if you prefer it less sweet. Then, you are going to whip this, just put it at a high speed and let it whip away. In a separate cup, combine one tablespoon of maple syrup and the hot milk, then top with the whipped coffee.
6- DATE MILK, OR GOLDEN MILK AS I PREFER TO CALL IT.
It is super filling and packed with protein and fiber, so it is gonna keep you feeling full for a while. First, In a blender, we are gonna add one cup of milk plus one cup of full-fat coconut milk ( if you desire) and a teaspoon of cinnamon. We are gonna add 2 or more pieces of dates with the pits removed. Finally, we are gonna add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then blend them all up until it is smooth and creamy. Avoid adding sugar because there are already a lot of carbs in her from dates. You can strain this mixture through a sieve before you heat it just to remove any chunks. Add the pot to a stove on medium-high heat and stir it consistently until the mixture is hot. Remove it from the heat and pour it for yourself into some cups. You can add a little sprinkle of cinnamon on the top.