Winter’s warmers

Cherry Steamer

The short, frigid days and long, frosty nights this time of the year bring icy temperatures that you can feel right down to your bones. These warm beverages — perhaps in front of a roaring fire — will melt away that winter chill.

Mexican Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream
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4 servings
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4 servings
Mexican Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream
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4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bar (finely chopped)
Whipped Cream Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract*
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Instructions
  1. Pour milk into medium saucepan. Whisk in brown sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne.
  2. Heat milk and spices on the stove over medium heat until simmering, taking care not to boil.
  3. Slowly add chocolate, continuing to whisk until fully melted.
Whipped Cream:
  1. In a stand mixer, whisk whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 3 minutes. If overbeaten, butter will begin to form.
Final prep:
  1. Pour hot chocolate into mugs, top with whipped cream, sprinkle with extra cinnamon, and serve hot.
Cherry Steamer
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4 servings
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4 servings
Cherry Steamer
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4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 4 oz. amaretto liqueur (optional)
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 4 maraschino cherries
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Instructions
  1. Heat milk in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add maraschino cherry juice and almond extract. Heat until simmering.
  3. Add amaretto if desired.
  4. Pour milk mixture into serving cups, then top with marshmallows and maraschino cherries.
Lighter Fare: Chocolate Hazelnut Latte
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2 servings
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2 servings
Lighter Fare: Chocolate Hazelnut Latte
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2 servings
Servings
2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tsp. chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella)
  • 2 oz. freshly brewed espresso
  • 4 chocolate hazelnut pirouettes (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Heat milk in small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add chocolate hazelnut spread and whisk until spread is melted and milk is heated through and foaming. Whisk faster to create more foam.
  3. With a french press or espresso machine, brew 1 oz. of espresso. Pour espresso into serving cups.
  4. Take the back of a long spoon and pour milk into the espresso, holding back the foam. Spoon foam on top.
  5. Serve with chocolate hazelnut pirouettes, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 186 calories, 9 g total fat (4 g saturated fat), <1 g fiber, 9 g protein

Lighter Fare: Winter Wassail
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Servings
16 servings
Servings
16 servings
Lighter Fare: Winter Wassail
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Servings
16 servings
Servings
16 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 2 apples (thinly sliced with core and peel)
  • 2 oranges (thinly sliced with peel)
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (2 Tbsp. ground)
  • 5 star anise (2 1/2 tsp. ground)
  • 12 cloves (3 tsp. ground)
  • 6 allspice berries (1/4 tsp. ground)
  • 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1.5 cups rum or brandy (optional, to taste)
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Instructions
  1. In a large stockpot or in a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except the rum or brandy.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Continue cooking for 1 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Strain fruit, ginger, and whole spices, if desired.
  4. Add rum or brandy to taste, if desired. Serve hot.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 166 calories, 0.5 g total fat (0.2 g saturated fat), 2 g fiber, 0.5 g protein