Hot Drinks Perfect for a Freezing Winter

Hot Drinks

During the winter, we like to stay nice and warm by a fire and under some warm blankets. Something else that makes things perfect is the beverage you choose. During the winter, you don’t want to be drinking ice water, iced tea, or cold soda. A hot drink is something you want to curl up with watching TV. Hot cocoa is always on the mind of anyone during the winter, but there are always more options.

Chai Tea

This chai beverage is something that is favored during the holidays and easier to make than you think. Simply add crushed spices, cinnamon sticks, ginger and milk to a pan bringing it to a boil then add your tea bags. Let it steep for 10 minutes then enjoy!

Warm Mulled Cider

Simmer apple cider with mulling spices, orange zest and ginger to make a drink that will smell and taste delicious.

Mexican Spiced Hot Cocoa

Simply make any hot chocolate you have on hand and add ground chipotle and cinnamon to spice it up.

Blender Eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup of brandy (optional for adults 21+)

In a medium saucepan, bring the heavy cream, sugar and nutmeg to a simmer. In a blender, blend the eggs on low speed for 1 minute. With the motor running, gradually add the hot cream mixture. Blend until frothy for about 30 seconds. Add the optional brandy and blend then serve hot.

 

 

 

 

Mulled Red Wine With Cranberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of cranberry juice cocktail
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 3 cups of dry red wine (Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon)
  • ½ cup of cranberries

In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Let it simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring it back to a simmer. Serve warm.

Malted Hot Cocoa with Roasted Marshmallows

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving of hot cocoa and the ingredients it calls for
  • 3 marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons of malted milk powder

Heat the broiler of your over or toaster oven then place the marshmallows on a foil-lined broiler proof baking sheet and broil until just golden, about 30 seconds.  While that is going on, prepare the hot cocoa mix as directed on the package. Mix it with the malted milk powder and top with marshmallows.

Warm Hazelnut Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces of Frangelico
  • ½ cup of hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of lightly whipped heavy cream

In a mug, combine the Frangelico and hot water then top with the whipped cream.

Magic Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 gallon of whole milk
  • 1 12oz. bag of Premium Dark Cocoa Candy Melts or semisweet chocolate chips.

Heat the milk over medium-low heat, but don’t let it boil. Add about ¼ cup of the candy melts or chocolate chips to 8 mugs then fill them with the hot milk and stir.

 

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The Top 10 Coffee Machines for Christmas

Best Coffee Machines

During the cold months, and even during the rest of the year, people enjoy their coffee. Whether you make it one cup at a time, or make more in a pot, it is a popular beverage and coffee machines are always a good gift for Christmas.

#1 Keurig

This machine is a one-cup home-brewing system for use with K-Cups. It has a one-touch control panel with a blue backlit LCD display, digital clock, programmable on/off, 5 brew-size options, adjustable brew temperature, removable drip tray and a blue-lit removable 72-ounce water reservoir with a descale indicator. There are dishwasher safe parts.

#2 Breville

This machine has a 15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system. It has a purge function where it automatically adjusts the water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature. It also has a stainless steel conical burr grinder with a ½ pound sealed bean hopper. It comes equipped with a 61 fluid ounce removable water tank with a handle.

#3 Bonavita

This coffee maker comes equipped with a 1400W heater that raises water to the right temperature. It is engineered for precise water and coffee grounds contact time. It has a shower head designed for complete saturation and optimal extraction. It brews 8 cups of coffee. It has a high quality stainless steel carafe and has BPA-free plastic.

#4 Cuisinart

This machine comes with a classic brushed metal design with a 12-cup carafe that has an ergonomic handle for comfortable, dripless pouring. The brew pause feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished. The adjustable heater plate ensures that your coffee stays at the perfect temperature for you. It has a 24-hour advance brew start, programmable auto shutoff from 0 to 4 hours plus a 1 to 4 cup feature when making less than 5 cups. This coffeemaker includes a charcoal water filter and permanent gold tone filter that ensures only the freshest coffee flavor flows through. It also includes a measuring scoop and instruction book.

#5 Hamilton Beach

This coffeemaker comes with the option to make a full pot of coffee or a cup for on the go. It comes with a 12 cup glass carafe. It uses ground coffee. A unique scoop measures and filters ground coffee for a perfect cup every time. It has a brew strength function for bold or regular coffee and fully programmable with auto shutoff. It has a durable stainless steel construction.

#6 Keurig

  • Cup Sizes: 3 sizes (6oz., 8oz., 10oz.)
  • Features: Removable 48oz. water reservoir
  • Energy Savings Mode: Auto off
  • Includes: Water filter handle and 1 charcoal filter
  • Color: Black

#7 Hamilton Beach

  • Regular, bold, and robust settings for rich-tasting coffee
  • Programmable with 2-hour auto shutoff
  • Automatic pause and serve
  • Durable stainless steel
  • Cone filter design for better coffee extraction

#8 Hamilton Beach

  • Brews a single cup or a full pot
  • Enjoy maximum brewing flexibility
  • Use a single serve pack or ground coffee
  • Compatible with K-Cup packs
  • Brews 12 cups

#9 Keurig

  • 1 cup size (8oz.)
  • Single-use water reservoir
  • Pictorial instructions
  • Mug sensor
  • Energy Savings Mode-Auto off

#10 Hamilton Beach

  • Easy-access design for easy filling
  • Adjustable brewing with bold, regular and 1-4 cup options
  • Programmable clock with 2 hour automatic shutoff
  • Swing-out brew basket with release button
  • Wheeled base for fast, easy access to the water reservoir

 

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