Stay Warm With These Hot Drink Recipes

You can layer on all the sweaters you want, but there’s nothing like a hot beverage to warm your belly during the cold months. You could go for the typical cup of coffee, but for a real culinary adventure, we recommend these delectable drink recipes from around the globe. Grab your mug and spoons because these are too good to pass up.

Sbiten – Russia

Dating all the way back to the 12th century, this Russian brew has experienced something of a revival. Sbiten is made with honey, water, spices, and jam for a taste that packs a sweet punch. For a boozy variation, you can substitute the water for wine. Get the recipe here.

Chai Tea – India

While India may not get as cold as some regions, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice up of Chai. Though common in many coffee shops, authentic chai contains a wider variety of spices, including cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, and ginger. Try it out for yourself using this recipe.

Atole – Mexico

Dating back to the Aztecs, Mexican atole is made with a type of corn flour called masa harina (the same used in tortillas). A favorite during Christmastime, atole is usually thickened with milk and can be enhanced with endless flavors. The most popular variations feature vanilla, cinnamon, and cane sugar (in Mexico, you can find atole with ingredients like chocolate, berries, and nuts). Learn how to make the traditional variety here.

Salep – Turkey

Popular in Turkey and the Middle East, Salep is a creamy concoction mixed from the powdered tubers of a special orchid plant. The additions of rosewater, cinnamon, and pistachios make it extra delectable. Salep’s signature ingredient can be hard to find outside the Middle East, but you can improvise with glutinous rice flower. For those eager to give it a try, we recommend this recipe.

Yerba Mate – South America

Brewed from the leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant, this popular South American tea is a favorite among health nuts. It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and with a good dose of caffeine in every cup (about 80 mg), it’s a great way to both warm up and wake up. Yerba mate is available at many grocery and food specialty stores. This recipe throws in ginger, mint leaves, and citrus for extra flavor.