When the temps drop and winter winds or falling snow bring a chill to the air, it can take more than your average cup of coffee to convince you to crawl out from under the blankets and start your day. Why not swap your standard morning sip for a more exciting winter coffee drink? The three recipes below are perfect for cooler seasons, including the holidays and beyond.
First things first: Before you make these winter coffee drinks, you’ll need to brew some coffee. There are dozens of ways to do that, and everyone has their favorite. For a foolproof method, start with whole beans and grind them yourself, using a ratio of 16 grams of coffee to 300 grams of water per serving for a standard-strength brew. Measure with a food scale, and don’t be afraid to make your brew a bit stronger than usual when you’re making one of the drinks below, since you’ll be combining the coffee with milk and other ingredients. A more intense brew will help ensure the coffee flavor really shines through. Pro tip: Store your coffee wisely to preserve its taste and freshness.
Now, which type of coffee maker should you use? Whether you want to make a single cup or a carafe, this 12-Cup Coffee Maker is up to the task. If you make a whole carafe ahead of time, the insulated vessel will keep your coffee hot, or you can program the compact machine to auto brew. Either way, you’re bound to brew a perfect cup with little hassle. Another option is to grab your French press, add your grounds to the bottom of the pitcher, pour in hot water, and let it steep for four minutes. If you prefer to make just one or two cups, reach for a pour-over coffee maker, place a paper filter in the cone, add your coffee grounds and pour hot water into the tank: Done.
Now that your coffee is made, mix up one of these delightful drinks for yourself or a houseful of friends and family to enjoy over the holidays, or all season long.
What makes a chai dirty? The addition of coffee, of course. Traditionally, that’s in the form of a shot or two of espresso, but if you don’t have a countertop machine at home, brewing coffee in other ways still yields a tasty drink. This recipe may take a bit more prep time than the others, but it’s more than worth the effort in the end, and it makes enough for a whole group (or for just you to enjoy over a couple of days).
Is there any more wintery flavor pairing than chocolate and peppermint? In this classic recipe, they come together for a delicious quaff.
Love gingerbread cookies? Make this beverage, and enjoy sipping your flavorful spices instead of munching them.