Originally posted December 12, 2015. Revised and updated December 24, 2016.
Tea and coffee are often our go-to beverages for warming up during the cooler winter months.
But do you sometimes crave something new? With a fancy flavor? And a different consistency?
Maybe something homemade that’s free of artificial ingredients, rather than the usual concoctions made with mass-produced instant mixes?
If that’s the case, then these warming blended drinks are for you. With warming wintry spices like cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla, roasted almonds, baked apples, roasted chestnuts and chocolate, these drinks provide the same cozy feeling and feature the same flavors as your favorite holiday treats.
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These blended beverages are alcohol free, and they can be prepared with non-dairy milk or yogurt, according to your preference.
If you’re looking for a pleasant alternative to coffee or tea on a cold winter’s day, grab your blender or food processor and prepare these delightful new drinks. Just remember – hot drinks splatter easily, so blend with caution!
Each recipe makes two 8-ounce servings, but they can easily be doubled or tripled for a bigger batch.
Roasted Almond Milk
Roasted almonds are a classic treat that you’ll find in Christmas markets here in Germany. But they can be bought in the grocery stores as well, or even made at home.
Their crackly texture and nutty taste is truly tempting. For this drink, they are blended with milk. Almond milk would make a nice alternative, if you are lactose intolerant.
Finally, a crown of cinnamon cream tops this sweet and rich winter drink. For a dairy-free version, try topping with homemade coconut-based whipped cream instead.
Baked Apple Smoothie
Maybe you’ve never thought to turn this wintertime goodie into a drink before. But now’s your chance!
Chestnut Hot Chocolate
Roasted chestnuts are a true revelation. Believe it or not, they too can be turned into a delightful drink.
(Editor’s note: if you are having trouble finding fresh chestnuts, try your local Asian supermarket).
Blended with vanilla and cinnamon, this is truly the taste of the holidays.
By adding just a little bit of chocolate to the milk, this drink becomes impossible to resist. And to top it off? A few mini marshmallows make this the perfect cup of hot chocolate.
Sometimes I switch out the dark version for hazelnut nougat filled chocolate, which is popular here in Germany. It’s a delicious alternative that’s a little sweeter, with even more nuttiness!
Homemade Holiday Sips
We hope you will try something new this holiday season, and make a mug of a new twist on an old favorite this holiday season. Who knows? Maybe one of our selections will become a new Christmastime tradition in your home.
What’s your favorite wintertime drink? Tell us in the comments below!
Chestnut Hot Chocolate photos by Kendall Vanderslice, Roasted Almond Milk and Baked Apple Smoothie photos by Nina-Kristin Isensee, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details.
About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.