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Beyond hot cocoa: warm beverage recipes for winter! #foodfriday

If you’re tired of Swiss Miss or Lipton, we’ve rounded up the best warm beverage recipes for every tastebud. From golden milk to mexican hot chocolate, try one of these this weekend!

Dr. Weil’s Golden Milk Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups light, unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh turmeric (available in international foods stores)
Peppercorns

Heat 2 cups light, unsweetened coconut milk over medium heat. Add turmeric, ginger and peppercorns. Stir well and simmer covered for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with honey to taste (if desired).

Want to learn more about the health benefits of drinking golden milk? Learn more here or check out this video:

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

1 tablet of Mexican chocolate, chopped into small pieces 
2 cups of milk or water, or a combination of the two
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1 dash of cayenne powder, optional

Warm two mugs by filling with hot water; set aside. Heat milk over medium-high heat until steaming and hot. Add the chocolate and stir until melted through. Try using a Molinillo that you twirl between two hands, so that your milk will froth authentically. Stir in the vanilla and cinnamon and let simmer for 1-2 more minutes while using the Molinillo. Empty the mugs and fill with the hot chocolate. Add a dash of cayenne pepper, if desired.

Sweetener options: honey, sugar, agave

For a great, quick video that shows exactly how to make Mexican Hot Chocolate, check this out:

The Spruce also has a great recipe and article about Mexican Hot Chocolate and its variations if you’re interested.

Wassail

I first had Wassail at a friend’s house for Thanksgiving. The non-alcoholic version was warm, tasty and refreshing while the scent filled the house with good cheer. I think most kids would love this as soon as the weather gets cooler!

Ingredients

2 quarts apple cider
1-1/2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup pineapple juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
Dash ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves

In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Discard cinnamon sticks. Serve hot in mugs (see above tip for pre-heating your mugs).

If you don’t have time to watch the Wassail, you can also make it in a slow cooker, like this woman does in this video (we don’t like all spice in our recipe, but by all means try it out!):

For a traditional version of Wassail, with eggs and brandy, as well as a brief history of the drink, check out this post from the Nourished Kitchen.

Know any incredibly tasty warm beverage recipes that go beyond the usual? Let us know so we can add it to this post!

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