As the weather becomes dreary and snow begins to fall, you might find yourself craving a cup of something hot and festive. Rather than wasting your money on overpriced, played-out specialty coffees from the local cafe or grocery store, consider making your own at home. It’s faster, cheaper and more satisfying. Plus, they make excellent refreshments for your holiday guests. Here are a few winter coffee ideas to die for.
1. Coffee grog
Although the name sounds funny, coffee grog has a serious flavor. This is a spicy, sweet coffee delight that will make you fall in love with coffee again. It takes about a minute to make and doesn’t require any expensive ingredients.
Just mix brown sugar, butter, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon in a small bowl and add it to a cup of plain coffee. Top it off with a dollop of heavy cream. This sumptuous beverage is best enjoyed as a dessert following dinner with friends and family.
2. White chocolate coffee
The next time you’re in the mood to curl up with a good book and a steamy winter treat, consider making a white chocolate coffee. All you need is one and a half ounces white chocolate, a quarter cup half and half and some whipped cream.
In a small saucepan, gently heat the half and half and white chocolate together until the chocolate is melted. Pour this mixture into a cup of coffee and garnish it with whipped cream. If you want to get really indulgent, you can shave some solid chocolate on top of the whipped cream.
3. Maple brown sugar coffee
Why settle for a cup of bland, typical coffee on a bright winter morn? Don’t you want something that accentuates the festive day? If your answer is yes, then try maple brown sugar coffee. Rather than using plain sugar, add a little bit of brown sugar and real maple syrup to your mug.
Stir in some milk or cream as desired and follow it up with a heaping spoonful of whipped cream. A coffee drink is super simple and is perfect when you’ve got things to do. Whether you’ll be going to work or shopping for Valentine Day’s gifts, you’ll have plenty of time to make this delicious cup of coffee.
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4. Pumpkin pie coffee
Do you crave that wonderful pumpkin pie? Then spice up your day with pumpkin pie coffee. Simply add a few dashes of pumpkin pie spice to your cup and stir in some heavy cream and sugar. This drink is unbearably delicious when paired with oven-fresh pumpkin cookies or coffee cake. Skip sugar or heavy cream if you watch your calorie intake or control your sugar levels.
5. Hot cocoa coffee
Hot cocoa coffee has recently become incredibly popular. This is an ideal winter drink for people who love both coffee and hot cocoa but can’t decide what to choose. Stir in a teaspoon of cocoa powder or hot cocoa mix in your regular cup of coffee and voila. For added scrumptiousness, add some whipped cream and drizzle it with hot fudge.
When the weather gets cold and you want to warm up with something satisfying, don’t pass up the coffee. With a little bit of ingenuity and the right ingredients, you can make superb coffee drinks that your friends, family and neighbors will love. All of these winter coffee ideas are delicious, soothing, unique, and relatively inexpensive. If you have any other more unique ideas, help us to survive the winter season. Please, share your coffee ideas in the comments.