10 Cozy Drinks for Chilly Weather ...

Get ready for fall and winter early with these alcoholic and non-alcoholic delicious and delightful hot drinks for chilly weather. Actually, they're also great when someone in your house likes to crank up the AC! Use these drink recipes for cold nights in, after dinner drinks, alternatives to a dessert or use them to get ideas to concoct your own yummy hot elixir! Whatever your pleasure, these cozy drinks are sure to please any palate and keep you warm no matter what the weather!

1. Hot Apple Pie

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Mmmm, one of my favorite fall foods, or actually favorite fall pies, is apple, and this recipe for drinks for chilly weather is perfection! Imagine all the yummy goodness of a hot apple pie in a liquid form that you can sip and savor β€˜til the cows come home. If you love apples and Tuaca, this drink was made for you!

Ingredients:
2 oz Tuaca
Hot apple cider
Whipped cream
Cinnamon stick for garnish
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Directions:
Pour the Tuaca in an Irish coffee glass. Fill with hot apple cider. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

2. Pumpkin Chai Latte

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Doesn't this hot drink for cold weather sound like it was taken right out of Starbucks, did you know that you can make a lot of their signature drinks at home? I’ll save that for another time, but this drink is sure to make you feel so warm and cozy while satisfying your sweet tooth at the same time! Think about this alternative before heading to 'bucks next time!

Ingredients:
Chai tea
Milk or soy milk
Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup
Ground cinnamon
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Directions:
Start by brewing the chai tea according to package instructions. Fill 2/3 of a mug with the tea. Pour in an ounce of the Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup. Fill the rest of the mug with heated milk or soymilk. If preferred, vanilla soymilk can also be used. Finish off of the drink by sprinkling some ground cinnamon on top. Add sweetener according to personal taste.

3. Hot White Chocolate

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My favorite drink for chilly weather has to be hot chocolate and coming in at a close second has to be hot white chocolate! Can you tell I have a bit of an obsession with chocolate? This creamy, yummy drink, which is non-alcoholic, tastes great with a splash of vodka if you want a little extra warmth. It will really hit the spot when you’re spending the night in.
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Ingredients:
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vanilla vodka
1 1/2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows
1/8 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
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Directions:
Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until very hot. Add white chocolate chips and whisk until melted. Pour vanilla vodka into a heatproof glass, add warm milk, top with marshmallows, and dust with cocoa powder.

4. Cinnamon Toast

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If you like the cinnamon toast for breakfast, you’re going to love this recipe for cinnamon toast as a cold weather drink! This toasty beverage is not only super easy to make, it’s tasty and will warm you up in an instant! I think this drink would be great as an after dinner drink or you can whip it up when friends stop by!
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Ingredients:
1 1/4 ounce(s) Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
6 ounce(s) hot apple cider
1 tablespoon(s) sugar
1 tablespoon(s) cinnamon
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Directions:
Add hot apple cider and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum to a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon.

5. Hot Cranberry-Ginger Punch

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This hot drink for cold weather had my mouth watering just by reading the name of it! I’m a total sucker for cranberry drinks and I’m a tad bit obsessed with ginger, not just for its zesty flavor but for all the health benefits it offers. I definitely foresee spending some chilly nights in the future with this festive drink in hand!
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Ingredients:
1 quart cranberry juice $
2 ounces fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup, if desired
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Directions:
Combine cranberry juice and ginger in a 2- to 3-quart pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook to infuse flavor, about 20 minutes. Stir in lime juice and 1/3 cup sugar; stir until sugar has dissolved. Taste and add up to 1/4 cup more sugar if desired. Pour through a fine strainer into a thermos or heatproof pitcher (discard solids). Serve hot.

6. Pumpkin Spice Martini

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The name of this drink screams drink for chilly weather! Spice up your night with this seasonal adult beverage that’s sure to please at your next gathering and help you look forward to or celebrate the upcoming holidays! If you like martinis, your taste buds will love this fun and festive twist on the classic cocktail!
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Ingredients:
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vanilla flavored vodka (such as Stoli)
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger Irish cream liqueur (such as Bailey's)
1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger pumpkin flavored liqueur (such as Hiram Walker)
1 cup ice cubes
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
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Directions:
Pour the vanilla flavored vodka, Irish cream liqueur, and pumpkin flavored liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg to serve.

7. Almond Chocolate Coffee

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Doesn't this hot drink for cold weather sound like a dream?! This candy bar in a cup combines two of the greatest things in life, chocolate and coffee. It turns them into a warm and welcoming drink after a long day at work or out playing in the freshly fallen leaves!
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Ingredients:
3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur
1/2 oz dark creme de cacao
8 oz hot coffee
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Directions:
Pour in order into coffee cup. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

8. Hot and Fruity Toddy

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Hot Toddies are the ultimate cold weather drinks! This fruity combo of citrus fruits, orange bitters and honey makes for simple, quick and relaxing drink that will transport you from the ravages of the dropping temperatures to a tropical island! It's the best of both worlds!
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Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz apple brandy
1 1/2 oz Gran Gala
3/4 oz lime juice
1 tsp honey
2 dashes orange bitters
Hot water
Apple or orange wedge for garnish
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Directions:
In an Irish coffee glass pour the liquor, honey and lime. Top with hot water and add bitters. Stir. Garnish with apple or orange wedge.

9. Eggnog Latte

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Any list of cozy drinks for chilly weather has to include an eggnog drink and this eggnog latte will blow you away! This fast and easy drink recipe is a great drink to serve at get-togethers. You can also savor this drink on a cold night in. Savor all of the creamy and spicy flavors of eggnog mixed with espresso for a caffeinated version.
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Ingredients:
1/3 cup 2% milk
2/3 cup eggnog
1 shot (1.5 ounces) brewed espresso
Nutmeg (optional)
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Directions:
Pour milk and eggnog into a steaming pitcher and heat to between 145-165 degrees F, using the steaming wand. Brew the shot of espresso, then add to mug. Pour the steamed milk and eggnog into the mug, using a spoon to hold back the foam. Spoon foam over the top, sprinkle ground nutmeg (or grind fresh nutmeg yourself) on top of the foam, serves one.

10. Easy Apple Cider

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Another classic fall drink that cannot be excluded from this list of cold weather drinks is apple cider! This perennial favorite tastes great hot or cold and you can easily make a bunch for guests or just enough for a small party of two! It's a must-have for both fall and winter, so don't miss out!
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Ingredients:
1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple cider
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/3 cup brown sugar
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Directions:
In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm.

Are you ready to start making some of these simple and tasty drinks for chilly weather? These cozy and heavenly drinks will be great company for those cold nights at home with family or with friends at a holiday gathering. What are your favorite fall drinks? Let me know about any drinks that you have to have every year!

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