Is there anything better than tucking up with the family on a cold winter’s night, warm beverage in hand? Not really. There isn’t much time left to get into the cosy winter spirit, so why not give one of these warming winter drinks a try?


4 cups milk
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ chocolate (chips or bar)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

To make: Heat milk, cocoa powder and sugar over low/medium heat in a small saucepan, whisking frequently until warm (not boiling. Add chocolate and whisk constantly until melted and evenly distributed. Whisk in vanilla extract. Serve immediately. Serves four.


25 cups plant milk
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of black pepper
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or similar sweetener)

To make: Heat and whisk all ingredients together over medium heat until smooth and hot. Serve immediately. Serves one.


1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
85g chocolate (chips or bar)
½ tablespoon beetroot or red velvet powder
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup fresh brewed coffee

To make: In a medium saucepan, bring milk and sugar to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, and stir in chocolate until well melted. Stir in beetroot/red velvet powder, coffee and vanilla. Serve warm. Serves one.


2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 tablespoons hot water
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

To make: Add instant coffee and sugar to a bowl and mix, then pour in hot water. Using a hand mixer, blend until thick and creamy. Fill half a glass with milk and ice cubes, then spoon whipped coffee mixture on top. Serves two.


2 cups milk
¼ cup pure pumpkin puree
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 cup coffee

To make: In a saucepan, whisk milk, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, vanilla and sugar together over medium heat. Keep whisking and heat until milk starts to bubble. Remove from heat and pour into mugs, then garnish with caramel syrup, cinnamon or whipped cream if preferred. Serves three.

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