Alternative Hot Drinks to Tea or Coffee

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Apple CiderCooler weather is the perfect time to enjoy a comforting hot drink, but that doesn't always mean having to choose between tea or coffee. These three hot drinks are great alternatives when you are looking for something a little different. 

3 Hot Drinks Perfect for Cooler Days

European Style Hot Chocolate

This rich drink is nothing like the typical hot cocoa your mother made you. Heat two cups of whole milk in a small pot on the stove over medium heat while continuously stirring. When the milk begins to steam, add 5 ounces of high-end coarsely chopped bittersweet chocolate. Continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Adjust the heat to ensure the milk never comes to a boil. Add a pinch of sea salt to the bottom of four small cups. Divide hot chocolate among the four cups. Stir and serve. 

Caramel Apple Cider

Bring back the childhood memories of caramel apples at the carnival without the risk of pulling out a filling with this drink. Heat 2 cups of apple cider in a small pot over medium heat until steaming. Add three caramel chews or two tablespoons of caramel sauce and a few drops of vanilla extract. Stir continuously until the caramel is fully melted making sure to avoid boiling. Pour into two mugs and garnish with a few pieces of fresh apple or whipped cream. 

Hot Toddy

It is time to revive this old-time favorite which combines heat and bourbon to soothe both the mind and body. Pour one ounce of bourbon into a heat-proof mug with a tablespoon of honey. Add two teaspoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a quarter cup of water just off the boil. Stir to combine thoroughly and serve. Hot Toddies are a great alternative to mulled wine or a hot punch at your next holiday party. Increase the recipe and keep warm in a slow cooker. 

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