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From toddies to hot chocolate: 4 Hot drinks to warm up with

Winter days can feel long and exhausting, not to mention cold. So warm up at the end of a tiring day with one of these yummy and soothing hot beverages.

Guilt free hot chocolate

Guilt-free hot chocolate

When you need a sweet treat at the end of a long day but don’t want to regret downing a high-calorie beverage just before bed, whip up this simple, guilt-free hot chocolate.

Serving size 1


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Drops of liquid stevia, to taste


  1. Place the almond milk and vanilla in a mug, and heat in the microwave for 60–90 seconds.
  2. Stir in the cocoa powder until thoroughly combined, and heat for another 30 seconds if necessary.
  3. Add liquid stevia until desired sweetness is achieved, and enjoy.

Traditional Irish coffee

Let’s face it: The Irish know how to drink! And this traditional beverage is one of their best.Irish coffee

Serving size 1


  • 1-1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish (optional)


  1. Stir the whiskey, brown sugar and coffee in a glass until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Scoop or spray whipped cream on top of the beverage.
  3. Top with a cherry if desired, and enjoy.

Note: For a creamier flavour and a deliciously sweet touch, add a splash of Baileys!

Spicy mulled wine

Mulled wine is a nice, lighter alternative to the heavy drinks commonly enjoyed during the winter. This Spicy mulled winerecipe is a delicious blend of sugar and spice that’s great for a night in with your special someone or a couple of friends.

Serving size 4


  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tablespoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 dried bay leaf


  1. Place the sugar, orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon stick, cloves, nutmeg, star anise, bay leaf and 1 cup of the red wine in a large pot. Warm slowly over low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the rest of the wine, and continue to warm over low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Pour into a pitcher through a fine sieve to remove the spices.
  4. Pour into glasses, and serve.

Note: Because the wine is going to be warmed and spiced, don’t worry about buying an expensive brand — any affordable bottle will do!

Sweet hot toddy

hot toddy

Hot toddies are warm and soothing in so many ways. The combination of honey, lemon and a splash of brandy can be just what you need when you’re feeling a little under the weather.

Serving size 1

Note: You can add more or less water depending on desired strength of drink.


  • 1-1/2 ounces brandy
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)


  1. Place the brandy, honey and lemon in a mug.
  2. Pour in hot water, and stir to combine.
  3. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish.

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