Hot Winter Drink Recipes for Staying Toasty Warm

In the Midwest, hot drinks are a must when those temperatures start dipping. In fact, I have jokingly called my winter routine of holding a mug out the front door for my freezing kiddos a “Hot Cocoa Valet Service.”

Every winter since my children were itty-bitty, I’ve made big batches of hot cocoa mix and chai tea mix. My kids recently discovered that good old-fashioned tea isn’t so bad either, at least not when it’s mixed with almond milk and honey, so now I keep tea bags in a variety of seasonal flavors on hand too.

An electric kettle is a great gadget to have in the kitchen for making hot drinks quickly and easily. Add to that some fun mugs and fun hot drink toppings like a shaker of cinnamon, a jar of marshmallows and a mug full of spoons, and you’ve got what feels like your very own Starbucks right at home.

While my cocoa and chai mixes are on the decadent side, there are also ways to incorporate healthy ingredients into hot drinks. Let’s start with those.

10 Healthy Hot Drink Recipe Ideas

Whether the kids are cold from sledding or walking home from the bus stop, these healthy hot drink recipes are sure to warm them up when they’re chilled to the bone.

  1. Apple Spiced Tea: This warm, comforting tea smells as good as it tastes, and the cinnamon has some amazing health benefits.
  2. Mulled Mandarin Juice: Feel free to substitute your favorite orange juice.
  3. 42-Calorie Almond Milk Hot Chocolate: Creamy, dairy-free hot chocolate that’s almost entirely guilt-free too.
  4. Healthy (Tea Free) Chai Latte: This caffeine-free chai latte will warm up the kids without making them (even more) hyper.
  5. Natural Flu Remedy Drink: Feeling under the weather? Sip on this.
  6. Turmeric Latte: Turmeric gives this hot drink a fun yellow color kids love … and adds some great health benefits, but they don’t necessarily need to know that.
  7. Banana Hot Chocolate: Sweet, creamy and thick hot chocolate, with no added sugar. That’s bananas!
  8. Matcha Magic: Get kids to try antioxidant-rich matcha by mixing it with something you know they love – chocolate!
  9. Earl Grey Vanilla Tea Latte: Swap in black tea if Earl Grey is too pungent for your picky eaters.
  10. Superfood Hot Chocolate: Just tell the kids it’s what superheroes drink. They’ll slurp it right up!

Healthy is good, but we all need to indulge sometimes. My hot cocoa and chai tea recipes are so decadent, you’ll forget about the cold and dreary weather outside, at least for a little bit.

Amy’s Hot Cocoa Mix


  • 4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (4-ounce) package instant chocolate fudge pudding


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. If a finer consistency is desired, you can pour the mix into a blender or food processor and run it through that. Store in an airtight container.
  2. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup (depending on your cocoa preference) of the mix to an 8-ounce mug of boiling water.

Amy’s Vanilla Chai Tea Mix


  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder. (If you have a small food processor, you can combine just the instant tea and spices in the food processor, then mix it with the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl).
  2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of mix to 8 ounces of hot water or milk.

So let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, because mom’s got enough hot drink recipes to keep everyone warm and cozy all season long.

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