There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the sofa during winter with a warm drink and watching telly with your loved ones. Or maybe you enjoy a hot toddy whilst wandering around your favourite Christmas market.
We decided to give you an early Christmas present in the form of a run down of our favourite winter warming drinks from across Europe. We’re sure you’ll find something new to try and can assure you they’re all super tasty and easy to make.
An Italian beauty this frothy drink is traditionally made with espresso, hot milk and steamed milk foam. This classic often gets forgotten in a world filled with coffee shops serving extra-hot, skinny, soya, and multiple shot concoctions but we feel it’s massively underrated. When better to celebrate this fantastico beverage than National Cappuccino Day (8th November). Go on, treat yourself.
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A drink loved by all, European countries have each created their own variation on the original hot chocolate, said to be invented by South American tribes. Europeans drastically altered their version, which included copious amounts of chilli, during recent years where the chilli was replaced with milk, sugar and vanilla to counteract the cocoa beans bitterness. Whether you like yours topped with cream and marshmallows, served in a bowl like the French or in a thick lavish consistency, made with real chocolate, this versatile treat is perfect for warming up chilly days.
The Italians are at it again with this luxurious winter warmer. Originating in Turin, northern Italy, this is essentially a take on the well known Mocha, but better! This is made by layering espresso, hot chocolate and whole milk and is usually served in a small round glass where the distinctive layers can be seen.
A German favourite Glühwein (or its literal translation ‘glow wine’) is a mixture of red wine, vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar and lemon that are heated. A popular Scandinavian variant of this is Glögg, which is very similar but has almonds and raisins added in. This is a great recipe to make before a festive bash and we guarantee it will make your home smell gorgeous. For extra flavour add in an orange and some fresh nutmeg gratings.
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A mug of this milky goodness is super comforting for hands to hug during the colder months. The Dutch created it for people to enjoy in between their outdoor ice-skating sessions with temperatures dropping as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius. Its quick, easy and tasty and especially nice as a bedtime beverage. The original method to make this is to simply boil milk and add in a crushed anise seed. To sweeten add sugar or honey to taste, strain the seeds and enjoy!
Have you tried any of our recommendations and enjoyed them? Have we missed one off our list that you think should be added? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.