As the weather gets colder and we pull out our sweaters and boots, it is time to think about other ways to stay warm. From building a fire to snuggling up in bed, there’s nothing like staying in on a cold day. If you’re looking for something to warm your insides as well, take a look at these hot drinks:

Hot Tea

Start your cold-weather drinks with a classic. While you can always drink black or green tea plain, you also can make it more interesting with a few other ingredients. For an easy chai tea recipe from Real Simple, boil cinnamon sticks, ginger, milk, water, and crushed spices (cloves, peppercorn, and cardamom) in a sauce pan. Remove the mixture from the heat, add black tea, cover the pan, and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain the tea into cups and add sugar to taste.

Hot Chocolate

There are as many hot chocolate recipes around as there are cold days in the year. You can make this treat sweet or spicy with the right additions. Add the traditional marshmallows or make it feel like the holidays with some peppermint. Create something more decadent with caramel or cookies and cream. If you really want to step up your game, consider these three unique and delicious recipes:

Hot Mulled Cider

Hot mulled cider is another easy drink to make that is sure to impress your holiday guests this winter. This recipe from Food Network serves 12 people and takes about 20 minutes to prepare. Combine 16 cups of apple cider (or apple juice if you want to make it nonalcoholic), 4 cinnamon sticks, 2 oranges (including the peels and juice), 8 cloves, and 6 star anise in a saucepan. Simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes and you’re ready to serve.

Hot Toddy

If you want a cold-day celebration, a hot toddy is a classic choice. Mix 1 ounce of bourbon, 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and ¼ cup boiling water. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Epicurious explains that you can use brandy or scotch as an alternative; however, the sweetness of bourbon makes it especially tasty.

Whether you’re having guests over for the holidays or just want a delectable treat to enjoy while reading a good book, these are just a few of our favorites. There are plenty more out there, from coffees to teas, so get creative and enjoy what fall and winter has to offer!

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