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The best hot drinks to help you stay cosy this winter

by Genevieve Halbert

published on 6 November 2020

If you’re planning to spend time in your outdoor space this winter, or just to get extra-cosy indoors, hot drinks are about to become your new best friend. Nothing warms you up from the inside out quite like a piping hot beverage, boozy or otherwise. Here, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite hot drink recipes, including several variations on the classic hot chocolate as well as some punchier tipples . . .

Hot chocolate orange

Candice Brown’s Hot Chocolate Orange

Like a Terry’s chocolate orange in beverage form, this luscious hot chocolate from Candice Brown is rich, aromatic, and utterly comforting.

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Candice Brown

Hot spiced apple juice

Rochelle Humes’ Hot Spiced Apple Juice

by Rochelle Humes

You can make this spiced apple drink alcoholic or non-alcoholic, depending on your preference. Either way, the blend of cinnamon, star anise, and fresh ginger will put you in the festive mood.

Ultimate Hot Chocolate

Jamie Oliver’s Ultimate Hot Chocolate

This is hot chocolate, but not as you know it. Made with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and Horlicks, Jamie Oliver’s ultimate hot chocolate is an utterly decadent treat that’s as good as a dessert in itself. Jamie recommends customising the recipe with marshmallows, whipped cream, cinnamon, chocolate shavings, or orange zest. 

Gintelligence No.1

Gintelligence No.1

by Klaus St. Rainer

This warm gin cocktail is based on the classic Tom Collins recipe, and is served with juniper berries and lemon for a heady, aromatic flavour. Perfect for when you need a hot drink that packs a punch.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Nutella Hot Chocolate

by Caroline Craig & Sophie Missing

Perfect for Nutella enthusiasts, this recipe puts the classic spread to good use in a sweet, creamy hot chocolate. This recipe is bound to be a crowdpleaser. 

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

by Ms Marmite Lover

An all-time festive classic, mulled wine never goes out of style. This version from Ms Marmite Lover involves cloves, cinnamon, star anise, and kumquats.

Ainsley Harriott’s Caribbean Coconut Chai

Ainsley Harriott’s Caribbean Coconut Chai

Bring a little sunshine to your winter garden with Ainsley Harriott’s recipe for vegan chai tea, made using coconut milk. Ainsley layers up the spices – including ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg – to give this drink a rich, complex flavour.

Apple and Spice Vin Chaud

Apple and Spice Vin Chaud

by Jo Pratt

Jo Pratt switches things up with this recipe for vin chaud, using white wine rather than red. Spiced with star anise and cinnamon, and sweetened with apple juice, it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

Decadent Coconut Hot Chocolate

Decadent Coconut Hot Chocolate

by Alessandra Peters

Yet another twist on the classic hot chocolate, this rich coconut hot chocolate also happens to be suitable for vegans. It’s made with cacao powder and dark chocolate for an intensely chocolatey taste.


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