Drinks To Warm Up With

When the weather outside is frightful, I like to stay in and cozy up with a mug of something warm and tasty. Try one of these yummy cold-weather drinks the next time you need warmed up.

Eggnog
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 large eggs
3/4 cup brandy

Directions: In a medium saucepan, bring the heavy cream, sugar, and nutmeg just to a simmer. Next, in a blender, blend the eggs on low speed for 1 minute. With the motor running, gradually add the hot cream mixture. Blend until frothy, about 30 seconds more. Add the brandy and blend to combine. Serve warm.

Mulled Wine With Cranberries
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pieces star anise
3 cups dry red wine (such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Directions: In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.

Warm Mulled Cider
1 navel orange
1/2 gallon apple cider (not juice)
2 tablespoons honey
5 whole allspice berries
6 whole cloves
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 1-1/2 inch piece ginger, thinly sliced
8 cinnamon sticks

Directions: Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest from the orange to create long strips. In a medium pot, bring the cider, honey, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and orange zest to a simmer. Do not boil. Heat, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Ladle into cups and serve warm with the cinnamon sticks.

Chai Tea
8 cardamom seeds
8 cloves
4 black peppercorns
2 cinnamon sticks
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
2 cups whole milk
4 bags black tea
8 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste

Directions: Place the cardamom, cloves, and peppercorns in a resealable plastic bag and crush with a heavy skillet. Next, place the crushed spices in a medium saucepan, along with the cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk, and 2 cups water; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain into cups. To each cup, add 2 teaspoons sugar or more, to taste.

Whether you’re curling up with a book or hosting a get-together, these toasty drinks will be sure to keep you warm. How do you like to warm up on a cold day?