Healthy, Hot DIY Drinks to Make with Family & Friends this Winter

The most exciting beverages on a party table don’t necessarily need alcohol or bubbles. Instead, they can be filled with spices, steam, and a hot ladle delivering them into your warm mug.

Most importantly, they can even have great health benefits. So prepare your kettles, ladles, and spice cabinets, and stock up on these tasty winter beverages.

Steamed milk

The great thing about steamed milk is you can make it with fancy equipment or something as simple as a small pot. It can also be customized with whatever milk you like, from oat to soy to almond.

The simplest recipe is to pour the amount of milk you’d like to drink into a mug, then dump it into a small pot and heat it over medium until foaming. Stir to heat the milk through, then flavor with anything from honey to maple syrup.


Chai is a wonderful drink known for its spice, sweetness, and versatility. Originating in South Asia, it combines black tea with a blend of spices that can be as simple or detailed as you’d like, often served with milk.

Boil water in a small pot and add spices like ginger, black pepper, cardamom, or mint. Add black tea, milk, and any sweetner you might like. Try this recipe from Aarti Sequeira on the Food Network.

Hot chocolate

Hot chocolate may be one of the greatest joys of the winter season. Warm, sweet, deeply chocolatey, and comforting, there’s very few people who would say no to warming up with this beverage.

If you’re looking for a healthier take on hot cocoa, the internet has many options for us, including techniques like using vegan milks, sweeteners like maple syrup, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Try this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Hot apple cider

Whether it’s the crisp, bright days of autumn or a dark, freezing night in winter, hot apple cider is a drink that will make you feel both cozy and seasonal. It’s also easy to prepare if you can get a few jugs of cider ahead of time to then spice up when you’re ready for a party (even if that party is just you and your blanket!). Try this recipe from Allrecipes that adds spices and citrus to the cider for a warm kick!

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