Winter is here and we are searching for the best winter drinks and mocktails to keep you warm. There are definitely different things we look for in a winter drink versus a summer drink. Summer drinks should be bright, refreshing and vibrant while a winter drink should be soothing, comforting and filling.
Those are all things we kept in mind as we went looking for the best winter drinks and mocktail recipes.
We want to tell you all about what makes a good winter drink. We also want to share some of our favorite winter drink recipes and winter mocktail recipes. Each winter recipe can be enjoyed all season long. Let’s get started!
What Makes a Good Winter Drink?
There are a few things we look for when choosing a winter drink. Here is what we want in a good winter mocktail or winter drink:
- Hot drinks- Heated drinks will help keep you warm during the cold winter months.
- Spicy Drinks- Cold weather spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are all great in a mocktail or drink
- Rich, filling drinks- A rich drink will fill you up and also keep you warm in the winter.
- Holiday Drinks- Many holiday’s fall in the winter. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years, there are lots of holiday themed drinks that are perfect for the winter.
- Seasonal Ingredients- Look for mocktail recipes and drink recipes that use ingredients that are in season in the winter. Citrus fruits, for example, are in season in the colder months and also perfect for mixing into mocktail recipes!
Of course, all of these “rules” are flexible. For example, we like hot drinks in the winter because they help us stay warm in the cooler weather. However, that doesn’t mean you have to say no to an iced drink. A cold cranberry sangria is a perfect winter drink even though it is chilled!
If a mocktail recipe checks most of these boxes, then it is probably a great winter drink.
Healthy Winter Drinks
Many of us use the winter and the new year to reflect and revamp our dietary choices. Thousands of people make New Year’s Eve resolutions to eat and drink healthier.
For this reason, we love ultra nutritious drinks in the winter. Drinks that are low in calories, carbs or sugars and also packed with vitamins and minerals are perfect winter drinks.
While not all winter drinks are super healthy, we did want to include some great, nutritious drinks on our list. Winter has always been a wonderful time to mix up some tasty, beneficial drinks in your kitchen!
Exciting Winter Mocktails
We love easy mocktail recipes. However, in the winter time we also spend a lot of time indoors. We have a little extra time to play around in the kitchen.
Mocktail recipes that are a little more challenging can be fun to tackle in the winter. Who doesn’t love a good kitchen project? Especially one with such a tasty outcome!
While none of our winter mocktail recipes are super hard to make, a few of them do take some prep time. Do not be discouraged, though! All of the recipes are written very clearly and have easy to follow steps. Everyone can make a perfect winter mocktail with a little time and the right ingredients!
Delicious Winter Drinks and Mocktails
Here are a few of our favorite winter drinks and mocktails. Give a few (or all) of them a try and let us know which you like best. We think each winter mocktail recipe is delicious and amazing in it’s own way!
Parisian Hot Chocolate
If you want the most decadent and rich hot chocolate you have ever tried, this is the recipe for you. Parisian hot chocolate is incredibly smooth and flavorful. Our Parisian hot chocolate is made with a touch of espresso, maple syrup, cream and so much chocolate.
This incredible drink is not only perfect for the cold weather, but it is perfect for a dessert any night of the week. One sip will put you in instant chocolate heaven.
Japanese Milk Tea
Japanese milk tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee. It is commonly enjoyed on cold morning in Japan. Milk tea is made by steeping high quality, black tea with whole milk. The result is a rich, strong drink that will wake you right up.
Try ditching the coffee and enjoying a warm mug of Japanese milk tea instead. It is a healthier option that will still give you the boost of energy you need. We love this tea as a new winter drink tradition.
Apple Pie Punch
A big slice of warm apple pie is something everyone wants in the winter. Instead of reaching for a real pie, give this apple pie punch recipe a try.
Apple cider, apple pie spice, grape juice ginger ale and fresh apples mix together to make a very flavorful punch. While this may be a cold drink, it is still perfect for the winter thanks to the perfect, seasonal flavors.
Orange Energy Juice
Long winter days should start with something fresh and delicious. Our orange energy juice is exactly what you need to begin your day on a healthy path.
Our orange energy juice recipe is full of vitamins and minerals. Oranges, carrots, cantaloupe and ice are all you need to make this fantastic drink. If you are trying to eat and drink healthier throughout the winter, this tasty juice will fit right into that goal.
Oranges and citrus fruits are also in season in the winter. You should have no problem finding fresh, juicy oranges to use in this non alcoholic drink recipe.
Raise a glass of this ice blue mocktail on New Year’s Eve. The effervescent drink tastes better than champagne and will help you stick to your dry lifestyle. It is exactly what you need to ring in the New Year.
We also love the color of this yummy drink. The shades of blue really look like the cold winter sky. What is better than an ice blue drink when the weather is icy and cold to match?
Warm Vanilla Malt
Skip the hot cocoa, skip the tea and also ditch the coffee- a warm vanilla malt is the new warm drink in town. Vanilla bean, brown sugar, honey cinnamon and malt powder all come together to make a soothing, comforting drink. This is exactly what you want to drink when the weather turns cold. It will definitely warm you up from the inside out!
Drinks to Make in the Winter
There are quite a few delicious drink options for the winter. Cold weather gives us a whole new category of drinks to enjoy. We love a warm mug of cocoa or a hot tea before bed. We also can’t say no to a perfectly crafted mocktail or a healthy, fresh squeezed juice.
Winter is here and we want to celebrate with some great drinks. What will you try first?
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