A comforting drink is a wonderful tonic when it’s cold, wet and miserable outside.

Comfort can come in all sorts of ways: one of my favourite is in a mug.  Coffee is great, but sometimes you don’t want the caffeine hit. Luckily, there are lots of other delicious concoctions to try. Here are some the best:

 

1. Instant turmeric latte recipe


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Turmeric lattes are all the rage at the moment, and they fit the warming drink brief exactly. A great recipe for a homemade instant turmeric latte powder: mix this up once, and you can have a mug of hot, vibrant turmeric and coconut flavoured drink in as much time as it takes to boil a kettle.

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2. Red wine hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream topping


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The classic hot drink is, of course, hot chocolate. This drinking chocolate recipe is a lot more than just empty a sachet and add boiling water: it uses red wine to intensify the chocolate taste and give the drink a bit of a kick. It’s topped with traditional mini marshmallows for extra indulgence.

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3. Sahlab—sweet, creamy hot drink AND ancient aphrodisiac!


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Sahlab, also known as salep, is a thick fragrant milky drink made originally made from ground orchids, and flavoured with vanilla and rosewater. Generally thickened with cornflower rather than the orchids nowadays, it’s a Middle Eastern drink that deserves a wider audience.

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4. Tahini hot chocolate


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Another hot chocolate, but again not a run-of-the-mill recipe. This recipe uses almond milk (or plant milk of your choice), raw cacao and tahini for a nutty flavour, sweetened with honey, or maple syrup for vegans. Deliciously different.

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5. Magic sea buckthorn tea with honey and cinnamon


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From the familiar to something a bit less common: sea buckthorn. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and fibre, sea buckthorn is one of the most nutrient- and vitamin-dense foods in the world. The berries might be more difficult to acquire, but the juice is available online, and here’s a great way of turning it into a vibrantly coloured warming drink with a difference.

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6. Khas khas doodh (poppy seed milk recipe)


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Milk meets spices again in khas khas doodh. Originating from India, it’s warming, earthy and has a hint of sweetness. It’s based on white poppy seeds, and includes almonds, cardamom and sugar. This recipe also adds some turmeric for an extra hit of flavour.

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7. Healing conifer tea


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There are plenty of edible conifers: pine, for example, as well as spruce and fir. You can also eat the nuts, bark and needles of the pine tree. Here’s a traditional tea made using tree needles, from any of these three species. Just go with a tree that wouldn’t have been sprayed with chemicals and is situated away from a road.

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8. Peanut butter hot chocolate


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From something oozing naturalness and healthiness, to a warming drink that’s pure indulgence. Hot chocolate with peanut butter, topped again with mini marshmallows and for the full effect. Not one for every day, but for when you really want to treat yourself to an over-the-top drink.

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9. Hot pumpkin spice drink


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Halloween is the season when pumpkin spice is everywhere. It’s not, however, necessary to visit a coffee shop to treat yourself to this tasty flavour combination: here’s a recipe for an easy-to-make pumpkin spice drink to whip up at home. You can roast and puree pumpkins, and freeze in portions to make this drink easy to make from scratch in not too much time.

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10. Vegan chai tea latte


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Finally, another staple of the coffee shop: the chai tea latte. Here’s a vegan version, using spices, black tea, oat or other plant milk, sweetened with maple syrup and topped with coconut whip cream. Delicious!

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Helen Best-Shaw, is a freelance food & travel writer, recipe developer & photographer. She has been blogging at Fuss Free Flavours for over 10 years.

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