Hugs in a Mug: Warm Drinks

With temperatures dropping in every city, we’re all enjoying a rather cold winter and warm drinks that feel like hugs in a mug are the order of the day. We’re talking Hot Chocolates and winter party warmers like the Wassail Punch, and the 3 fantastic recipes we’ve got here for perfect, warm, winter treats.

A spiced hot chocolate for adults, spiked with chili and more importantly, tequila, this warm drink will get a cozy fire roaring inside of you. A twist on a summer classic, a hot chocolate float that combines hot and cold to make a delicious winter treat. And a hot toddy. Every winter, you might find your self feeling slightly sniffly, a little sore in the throat, or just plain in need of a warm night cap. This simple hot toddy recipe will hold you in good stead.

Spiced Hot Chocolate for Adults
(Serves 4)


500 ml Milk
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1 tbs Caster Sugar
Pinch of Salt
6 Cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp Chili Powder or 1 Dried Red Chili
225 – 250 gr Chocolate Chips, dark
150 ml Tequila or Rum


Simmer all ingredients except the alcohol over a low heat. Whisk occasionally until fragrant. Discard cinnamon sticks and dried chili if using. Add tequila or rum and heat through. To add a frothy, foamy top to your hot chocolate, use a hand blender or a whisk and beat until foamy. Serve hot.

Hot Chocolate Float
(Serves 4)


4 servings of Hot Chocolate
4 scoops Ice Cream of your choice (We like Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream for a minty hot chocolate)


Place 1 scoop of ice cream per mug of hot chocolate. Pour hot chocolate into each mug, right over the scoops of ice cream. Top with garnish of your choice – whipped cream, fudge, nuts etc. Enjoy!

Hot Toddy
(Serves 1)


50 ml Whiskey
1 1/2 tsp Honey
1/2 Lime, juiced
50 ml Hot Water
Cinnamon stick and Cloves to garnish


Combine all ingredients and serve hot.

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