16 Drinks to Warm Your Winter
Preview springs upcoming warmth with these delicious and toasty drinks.
Even though the worst of winter’s freezing temps and snowstorms are behind us, summer’s warmth is still months away. While most can’t swing a trip to the Caribbean, you can still combat the chilly blues with cups full of toasty drinks. Whether you’re looking for a hot mug of vegan cocoa or some spiked coffee, these vegan beverages will keep you defrosted until the weather outside compiles.
A known aphrodisiac and superfood, chocolate is sure to heal whatever ails you—not to mention it’s completely delicious. Original Hot Chocolate is always a great classic, but if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, both Decadent Hot Chocolate with Almonds and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate combine delectable nutty flavors with smooth, sweet chocolate. Or why not spice up your cup (literally)? South of the Border Hot Chocolate boosts chocolate’s flavors with kicks of cinnamon and nutmeg. Raw-food lovers can join the bandwagon too—this recipe for “Raw” Hot Chocolate combines cacao nibs and agave nectar. Don’t forget the vegan marshmallows! Grab a bag or make your own at home.
Sometimes you need an extra shot to warm up cold toes, blast winter blues, or celebrate a snowdrift that’s finally melting. Fill a glass with classic Hot Buttered Rum or try German Glühwein, a mulled wine infused with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and citrus. Travel up the European continent to Ireland while you’re at it, and partake in some delicious Irish Coffee, spiked with smooth Vegan Bailey’s. If you’re just looking to up the coffee ante, make your own coffee liqueur or pumpkin spice-infused vodka for traditional wintery flavors with a kick.
Coffee is a staple for chilly mornings, late evenings, and every moment in between. A steaming cup of Turkish Coffee is perfect for sub-zero days—all it needs is a good creamer. Some of our favorites are coconut milk- and soymilk-based, lending additional flavor and a thick texture. Many options exist that are sure to please your coffee-drinking palate. After four straight days of being snowed in, however, regular coffee might not cut it. To change things up, whip up a latte at home: Pumpkin Lattes offer cold-weather comfort in a cup, and a Vanilla Chic Latte using chicory instead of coffee is sure to rouse your taste buds from hibernation.
Cider to a Tea
Light, tasty, and of-the-season, cider and tea are a great addition to cozy afternoons by the fire. Take advantage of cold-weather flavors with Mulled Cran-Apple Cider, or add an Indian flair with Chai-Spiced Cider. When it comes to tea, there are myriad options for your mug: decaffeinated and caffeinated, green and white, spiced and simple. Try Hot Ginger Tea to fight winter flus, Spicy Chai Tea to go along with a book and blanket, or travel the world in front of a fire with black tea-based Sweet Spiced Indian Tea or Russian Tea, which uses pineapple juice and cloves.
Whether fighting the cold, a cold, or cold feelings (why don’t you live in Florida, again?), coffee, cider, (spiked) chocolate, and more offer plenty of warm drinks to get you through March. Cheers to spring!
7 Expert Tips for Making Vegan Ice Cream
Vegan ice cream aficionado Hannah Kaminsky shares her tried-and-true tips for the ultimate summer cool-down treat.
Read More »
3 Irresistible Gluten-Free Summertime Eats
Chow down on these tempting summer treats straight from the kitchen of wheat-free whiz Allyson Kramer.
Read More »
Colleen Holland: How I Became a Healthy Vegan
Seduced by the amazing array of vegan junk food available today, VegNews co-founder Colleen Holland shares her personal transformation to becoming a healthy vegan.
Read More »
72 Hours with Kathy Patalsky
The prolific vegan blogger behind Healthy Happy Life shares what goodies are on her plate in 72 hours of straight food magic.
Read More »
VegNewsletter Giveaway: Gluten-Free Cookbook Collection
Don't miss this exclusive opportunity for VegNewsletter readers to win three of our favorite gluten-free tomes.
Read More »
- Everything You Need to Know About Juicing
- The #1 Way to Make Sure You Eat Your Greens First
- How to Veganize Any Recipe: Sweet Edition
- Surprising Vegan Finds at Mainstream Grocery Stores with The Laziest Vegans
- 10 More Hot Veg-Friendly Spots in Nashville
- VegNewsletter Giveaway: Trio of Vegan Books
- 3 Mouth-Watering Vegan Mexican Food Recipes
- 5 Next-Generation Vegan Cheese Brands
- Sarno Brothers Secret to Getting Wicked Healthy
- The Three-Day Detox Plan Anyone Can Do
- 11 Reasons Why Oakland is the New Brooklyn
- 11 Spicy Vegan Dishes for Hot Sauce Lovers
- 11 Unbelievably Awesome Uses for Cauliflower
- 3 Gluten-Free Seasonal Springtime Dishes
- 13 New and Unique Ways to Eat PB&J
- VegNewsletter Giveaway: Vegan Alfredo Sauce
- The Best Vegan Brunch Youll Ever Eat
- Joseph Connellys 48 Hours in Los Angeles
- 10 Healthful Foods You Should Be Eating Right Now
- How to Veganize Any Recipe: Savory Edition