Hot Drinks at Home

Hot Drinks at Home

Chilly days call for mugs filled with warming goodness.

Fall is in full swing, and that means it’s peak season for a few of our favorite things: cozy sweaters, falling leaves, apple picking, football...and cups full of something warm and delicious. Top yours off with these four tasty twists on classic hot drinks.

Up Your Hot Cocoa Game

Adding marshmallows to a cup of cocoa kicks its yum factor up a notch. That’s exactly why we added custom-made chocolate chip marshmallows to our Signature Hot Chocolate. You can make a version on your own by coating regular marshmallows with your favorite treat (like shaved chocolate, toasted coconut, or crushed candy canes). Lightly mist marshmallows with water and roll them in the coating of your choice. And if you really want to go all out, after you pour the cocoa into cups, completely cover the top of the beverage with fresh whipped cream and then nestle your marshmallows in it. Finish with a drizzle of chocolate or caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salt.

Chai Something New

Chai tea, an Indian specialty, is a ritual as much as it is a hot drink. Making chai starts with mixing dry teas and spices in a small pot. Then the chai is boiled two or three times over a small burner to really bring out its flavor. Don’t worry—we’ve got a shortcut version you can whip up at home. Stir ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom into ¼ cup warmed fat-free milk; add that to your brewed coffee or tea to taste. Add a squeeze of wildflower honey for sweetness and top it all off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Elegant Espresso

A shot of hot espresso can give you a quick jolt of energy when you feel yourself fading. But it’s also the perfect base for a hot drink worth lingering over. Simply add steamed milk, caramel sauce, and whipped cream to espresso to create an at-home version of the Caramel Latte from Panera®. You can play with other latte flavors, too. Try adding a candy cane to a mug of espresso and steamed milk for a sweet and minty treat. Or stir a few squares of dark chocolate into your mug for an easy mocha latte.

Spice Up Cider

Few flavors or aromas say holidays like hot cider. This simple recipe is a twist on the classic but delivers a more festive kick.

Sassy Hot Apple Cider

Serves: 1

INGREDIENTS

1 cup apple cider
1 orange slice
1" piece fresh ginger
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the cider over medium heat. Squeeze in the juice from the orange slice.
  2. Peel the skin off the ginger and smash it with a garlic press or the flat side of a large kitchen knife. Put the smashed ginger in a mug and pour in the hot cider. Add the cinnamon and cayenne and stir.

NUTRITIONAL INFO (per serving): 126 calories, 0g protein, 31g carbohydrates, 0g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 0g dietary fiber