Winter is the season for warm, delicious treats, especially the sweet and spicy drinks. While there are many, many tried and true options that have a little liquor in them, sometimes you just crave a drink that’s just as comforting without it. These alcohol-free drink recipes are perfect to make and enjoy at a party with friends or to just kick back and relax while your winter cleaning is getting done.
1. Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate
If you’re hosting a party and you can’t spare enough time to prepare some warm drinks, the slow cooker will be your best ally. It makes for a creamy hot chocolate that all your guests will enjoy, and it’s super simple to do.
- 4 ½ of milk
- 10 oz double cream
- 7 oz chopped dark chocolate
- 3.5 oz milk chocolate
- Whipped cream
- Grated chocolate
First, you have to pour the milk and double cream into the slow cooker, adding the dark and milk chocolate, then cover. Cook for 2 hours on low, uncovering only to stir halfway through. After the 2 hours pass, uncover and stir again and cook for another 15 minutes. Serve in mugs topped with marshmallows, cream and some grated chocolate for decoration. A real party treat!
2. Non-Alcoholic Mulled Wine
This is a tasty recipe that will give you a fruity, delicious drink with none of the booze. It’s super easy to make and serves up to six people, so add or subtract to the ingredient list according to your needs in winter cocktails.
What you’ll need:
- 16 oz pomegranate juice
- 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
- A handful of frozen blackberries
- 10 oz apple juice
- A cinnamon stick
- 1-star anise
- 4 cloves
- 3 black peppercorns
- 1 quartered orange
Combine the pomegranate juice, sugar, blackberries and apple juice in a large saucepan. Stir gently, then add the cinnamon star anise, peppercorn, orange quarters and cloves. Heat slowly until the mix simmers, taste for sweetness, then strain. We strongly recommend using mugs or heatproof glasses. There you go! A sweet, spicy drink to warm yourself during a holiday party.
3. Nutmeg & Orange Christmas Coffee
A festive treat that’s just as delicious as it sounds, this blend of spices and orange zest is perfect for a cold winter morning, afternoon, or simply as an after-dinner coffee option for the cold season that’s also incredibly easy to prepare.
These are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 4 tbsp ground coffee of your preference
- A small cinnamon stick
- 2 dates, pitted
- A pinch of ground nutmeg
- 2 cloves
- A strip of pared orange zest
First, put the ground coffee, dates, cinnamon stick, spices, and orange zest into a large French press, then add 400ml of boiled water. Once all your ingredients are in the press, gently stir them with a wooden spoon, and let the mix steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Finally, push the plunger down slowly and serve in an espresso cup. A fantastic icebreaker for coffee lovers!
4. Easy Champurrado
Champurrado is a generally rich and mildly sweet version of another Mexican drink called atole. The base is made from corn masa and makes for a warm and comforting chocolatey drink perfect for the winter months.
This is what you’ll need:
- ½ cup of corn masa
- 3 cups water, more if needed (see below)
- 1 cup milk
- 3 ½ ounces dark chocolate, broken in pieces
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- A cinnamon stick or ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Salt to taste
Before preparing champurrado, note that the amount of sugar and water that you use will determine how thick the final beverage is, so add more for a thinner version that’s sweeter, and less for a thicker drink and milder taste.
Add the masa mix to a large saucepan and set over medium heat. Don’t let it get too hot before adding room temperature water in a slow manner while whisking to break lumps. When it simmers, whisk in the milk, chocolate, brown sugar and a pinch of salt until the chocolate for about a minute or until the chocolate is completely melted, then add cinnamon.
Let it simmer again and turn down the heat to low. Simmer gently, and whisk for another 5 minutes. Take out the cinnamon stick and further thin the drink to your preference with another slow stream of water, reheating as necessary. Sweeten or salt to taste, then ladle into mugs.
These warm drinks will surely give you all the spice and comfort you need from the holidays while still letting you drive safely back home from the party. Remember to decorate your mugs and glasses accordingly, the taste begins in the eyes!