Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life

Hot Drinks in Cold December


DSCN8065Even the Aegean city where I live saw snow flurries this week, and the cold, cloudy afternoons find us inside enjoying our Christmas lights and sipping something warm. A hot drink on a chilly day warms the soul and brings cheer to dark December days. My family’s current favorites are hot apple cider, spiced chai latte and peppermint white chocolate mocha.

Hot Apple Cider

1 liter apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

5-6 cloves

1 piece of dried orange peel

2 TBSP sugar

1 TBSP molasses

1 tea bag

Juice of ½ orange

Add all the ingredients except for the orange juice to a pot, and let it simmer 20-30 minutes. Add an extra cup of water to prevent it from boiling down too much. Add orange juice before serving.

Spiced Chai Latte

To make chai spice mix, grind the following in a spice mill or coffee grinder:

1 TBSP cardamom seeds

1 TBSP cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. ginger

Store in the refrigerator for maximum freshness and use it to make chai latte.

Boil ½ tsp. of the spice mix in 2 ½ cups of water for 5 minutes.  Add 2 tea bags. Turn off, cover and let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Add 1½ cups milk and bring to a simmer.  Add 1 TBSP sugar and stir.  Pour through a tea strainer into cups and serve hot.

Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha

2 heaping TBSP white chocolate chips

2 mini candy canes, crushed

2/3 cup brewed coffee

1/3 cup 2 % milk

Optional:  Whipped cream and crushed candy canes

Put the white chocolate chips in a large mug and heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. Add the crushed mini candy canes and the hot coffee.  Stir for a few minutes until the chocolate and candy canes are dissolved.  Add the milk and reheat in the microwave.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy cane if desired.

What is your favorite winter drink?


Author: betsydecruz

I want to enjoy the everyday life God is giving me as best I can, even when the road gets bumpy. I love having fun with my teenagers, learning almost anything, and drinking dark roast coffee with my friends.

9 thoughts on “Hot Drinks in Cold December

  1. Love the Mug shot!!!! LOL

    Take Care and God Bless 🙂 Kenny T

  2. Hi, Betsy, I never would have guessed you’d live in a climate that gets snow. I guess that shows my ignorance. Thanks for those recipes! I’ll print them out and use them this winter. God bless you, dear girl. 🙂

  3. I’ll take the spiced chai latte, please! 🙂 I’ve been spending a lot of time at Starbucks lately, waiting for my kids’ various activities. Great place to write, and they give out yummy free samples!

  4. Do you dry your own orange peel or can you buy those at Carrefour/Migros/Etc? And I assume the candy canes are from the US?

    • Hi Cliff, Sorry if these recipes weren’t very “international friendly!” Yes, the candy canes were from the US. The orange peel was actually from Sweden, but you could also just slice off a few pieces of fresh orange peel (mostly orange zest, avoiding thick white part).

  5. Pingback: Fifteen Ways to Enjoy Winter | Faith Spilling Over... Into Everyday Life

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