Once again, winter is upon us, and there are a few things better at combating its effects than a nice, hot, cup of coffee. But even the best coffee drinks can be improved and complemented with various ingredients that can take it a step further and create a delicious hot beverage ideal for keeping the winter cold away. Even the freezing temperatures in the middle of the winter can be made tolerable with the right combination of seasonal ingredients, whether you enjoy it tucked in your home or a coffee shop. Even just a smell of one will invoke feelings of joy and warmth, something we all sorely miss during those bleak winter months.
Each of these recipes requires one or more spices to be added to the coffee. The most common ones are nutmeg, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, and several others. Which one you choose will depend on your taste, but all of them create their unique taste, which, combined with coffee, creates a perfect antidote for winter blues.
1. Marshmallow Latte
We will start with a classic, Marshmallow Latte. It is just a latte with a roasted marshmallow on top. However, you can make it an enjoyable experience for your guests by using an open flame and let them roast their own. Not only it tastes delicious, with that unforgettable aroma taking us back to our childhood, but making it is a lot of fun. Just try not to burn down your house in the process.
2. Log Cabin Latte
Not many coffee shops serve this drink, but if you come across one that does, make sure to try it. It is a perfect holiday beverage, and you can even make it at home if you have an espresso machine. Start with an espresso, then add a teaspoon of maple syrup, some cinnamon, and a teaspoon of butter. Mix it all lightly, and you will end up with a Log Cabin Latte. The taste is fantastic, but the smell is even better.
3. Homemade Eggnog Latte
One of the Starbucks’ best-sellers during the holiday season, Homemade Eggnog Latte, can just as easily be made at home. With this recipe, you will hardly be able to notice the difference, except in your wallet. Start by whisking cream and eggnog on your stove. This will create an eggnog mixture that is both creamy and frothy. Add it to your coffee and enjoy it. The original recipe requires espresso, but you can just as well use almost any coffee, and the results will be great. We have tried it with several types, including French press and even a simple filter coffee, and each time the beverage tasted excellent.
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4. Irish Coffee
Another classic, Irish Coffee has many recipes. The one we like the best is made with Demerara and Muscovado sugar syrup, whipped double cream, and espresso. The most important ingredient should traditionally be a shot of Irish whiskey, but in reality, any whiskey you have in your home will do. It also requires an espresso, so if you have an espresso machine in your kitchen, you should use it. Using some other coffee will give you a different taste, which doesn’t necessarily mean it will be worse. Don’t wait until March and St. Patrick’s Day to try this drink.
5. Café De Olla
Café De Olla is a traditional Mexican recipe made with cinnamon and Piloncillo, a Mexican raw dark sugar. You can use Mexican coffee to keep with the tradition, but any South American coffee will do. Add water, Piloncillo, and cinnamon in a saucepan and simmer it on the heat until sugar is dissolved. Once the water starts boiling, add coffee and stir until all ingredients are mixed. Leave it to cool off for about five minutes, pour it through a strainer, and serve. For added flavor, you can add a shot of coffee liqueur.
6. Peppermint Coffee Toddy
Not everyone enjoys peppermint taste, especially in combination with coffee, but those who do will love this recipe. The beverage is very easy to use, but festive enough to be served on any occasion. Make some strong coffee, add peppermint schnapps, some cacao crème, and whipped cream on top of a mug. You can add some peppermint leaves for decoration, but your guests will love it even without them.
7. Mocha Coconut Frappuccino
Starbucks has been making a killing with their Mocha Coconut Frappuccino, but you don’t have to go bankrupt to enjoy this hot drink. You can just as easily make it in your home. They make it with espresso, but you can use any coffee instead, including instant. Make some, add sugar, and stir it until it dissolves, then add some coconut syrup and chocolate syrup and mix it all. Once done, add a layer of whipped cream and pour some more chocolate syrup on top. A taste of tropical islands coconut in coffee is unbeatable in the middle of continental winter while watching three feet of snow through your window.
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