5 Warm Drinks To Sip On Your Patio

5 Warm Drinks To Sip On Your Patio

Having some warm drinks on hand and ready to make is always ideal when the weather is cold. While bundling up is always nice, hanging out on your patio in the frigid weather calls for some tasty warm drinks. Check out this list of 5 must-try warm drinks that’ll keep you from freezing over while hanging out on your patio!

Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of the staple warm drinks for winter, so it’s easy to see why this list includes quite a few versions of the stuff! The Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate from Gimme Some Oven is beyond incredible, providing a tasty warm beverage perfect for a chilly evening on the patio. Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • 4 cups of milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. Chipotle powder or chili powder
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of cayenne
  • Optional toppings: marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and/or chocolate syrup

The instructions are super simple as well. Take all of the ingredients and put them in a medium saucepan over medium heat until it’s simmer. Make sure to stir the concoction frequently. After removing it, you can add any optional toppings.

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love Nutella? When it comes to warm drinks, nothing beats the smooth, sweet, hazelnutty, chocolatey goodness that comes with CafeDelites.com’s Nutella Hot Chocolate recipe. If you’re a lover of this delicious spread, then you’ll have to try this recipe out for yourself. As far as warm drinks are concerned, this one will have the neighbors coming over asking for the recipe! Here’s the list of ingredients:

  • 4 cups of low fat or skim milk
  • 2 tablespoons of Nutella
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Optional toppings: marshmallows, crushed hazelnuts, chocolate shavings, and/or more Nutella!

Mint White Hot Chocolate

The Gracious Wife’s recipe for Mint White Hot Chocolate is sure to be a hit! Whether the neighbors are stopping by to relax on the patio or it’s just you and your family, this is one of those warm drinks that really warm you from the inside out. The recipe is rather easy, and you’ll find the simplistic nature of this minty holiday drink ensures it’s quick to put together. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of half & half
  • 1 12-ounce bag of white chocolate chips
  • ½ teaspoon of peppermint or mint extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Option: A couple of drops of green food coloring and marshmallows on top

Cooking this Mint White Hot Chocolate is a breeze — fortunately, not a cold one! Just put the milk and half-and-half in a pot over medium heat until it begins to steam. Put the white chocolate chips in and stir until the drink is creamy in texture. Stir in the extract and food coloring before pouring it in glasses and topping with marshmallows.

Slow Cooker Spiced White Hot Chocolate

And with yet another hot chocolate recipe, you’ll find these warm drinks are sensational all winter long! The smooth and creamy flavor of this recipe from MomOnTimeout.com is beyond incredible. Here is a list of the ingredients:

  • 8 oz white chocolate broken up into small chunks
  • 4 cups of half-and-half
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • ½ tsp of ground nutmeg

This recipe is super easy. Simply toss the ingredients into a slow cooker and cook it all on low for between 2 ½ and 3 ½ hours. Make sure to stir occasionally!

Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate

Serious Eats’ recipe for Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate crafts a unique twist on these warm drinks that works. This is a super easy recipe with just the following ingredients:

  • 12 ounces of whole milk
  • 1 small stalk of lemongrass, chopped
  • 1 makrut lime leaf, torn in half
  • ½ teaspoon of lime zest
  • ½ teaspoon of dried lavender
  • 3 ounces of white chocolate, finely chopped

Add the milk, lemongrass, lavender, lime leaf, and zest into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir it occasionally until the edges have bubbles. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to steep for 15 minutes. Strain the milk and put it back in the empty saucepan. Add the chocolate and heat it over medium heat. Stir the concoction until the chocolate melts thoroughly and serve.

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