As fall gives way to winter and the days and nights get colder, we find ourselves looking forward to a warm beverage served in a mug.
Hot cocoa is usually our choice for a quick and tasty hot drink.
And while hot cocoa is an undisputed crowd favorite, with just a little imagination and a few ingredients, you can turn that basic hot drink into a unique hot beverage.
The only limit to the variety of drinks you can concoct, is your imagination.
We’ve curated a few easy recipes to get you started. They use a basic hot chocolate or a basic coconut milk drink as a base. Then, by adding a creative combination of ingredients, you will get a whole new drink to enjoy.
Hot Cocoa Drinks
Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate: Prepare a mug of your favorite brand of hot cocoa. Add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and a tiny pinch of cayenne powder. Top with whipped cream. The added spice in this drink will continue to warm you from the inside, even after you're finished!
Mint Cocoa: Prepare a mug of your favorite brand of hot cocoa. Add 1 whole candy cane right into the mug of cocoa or, for a more intense mint flavor, use a rolling pin to crunch up a hard mint candy while it’s still in the wrapper. Then unwrap and and add the crumbled candy directly to the cocoa.
Nutella Cocoa: Prepare a mug of your favorite brand of hot cocoa. Add 1 tablespoon (or to taste) of Nutella Chocolate Spread directly to the cocoa. Stir until it is melted. Top with whipped cream.
S’mores Hot Chocolate: Prepare a mug of your favorite brand of hot cocoa. Top with marshmallow fluff and crumbled graham crackers.
Coconut Milk Hot Drinks
Basic coconut milk hot drink: In a saucepan, combine 4 cups coconut milk, ¼ cup brown or white sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Warm and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Coconut Milk Caramel: To your favorite mug, add the basic coconut milk hot drink (recipe above). Garnish with whipped cream and caramel syrup.
Coconut Mint Delight: To your favorite mug, add the basic coconut milk hot drink (recipe above). Add 1 tablespoon of white chocolate chips and stir until melted. Garnish with whipped cream and 1 crushed hard mint candy. Use a rolling pin to crunch up a hard mint candy while it’s still in the wrapper. Then unwrap and and sprinkle the crumbled candy on the whipped cream.
Coconut Orange Cream: To your favorite mug, add the basic coconut milk hot drink (recipe above). Stir in 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips until melted. Add ½ teaspoon orange jello powder and stir until incorporated into coconut drink. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of orange zest.
Cozy up on those cool evenings with a hot beverage to warm your insides.
Armed with a good basic hot drink, and your imagination, you can whip up a delicious beverage for yourself or your guests in no time. Paired with a cute mug, your coca creations will be the hit of the night!Browse our selection of mugs to find the perfect match for your favorite cup of cocoa, and warm up your winter season.
What is it about fall that makes you want to wrap up in a cozy quilt with a warm bowl of homemade soup?
All of the familiar sights, sounds, tastes, and smells take us instantly to that place of “cozy”. The slight coolness in the air, the musty sweet smell of leaves on the ground, and the unmistakable fall colors: orange, gold, brown, and tan.
Traditionally, fall was marked by the harvest. The sights, sounds smells and flavors were all associated with the food and grain being harvested and prepared to last through the winter.
Even though we’re no longer harvesting our wheat fields, we can still bring the look and feel of fall to our homes, and create a soothing, cozy environment.
Here are 7 simple things you can do to cozy up your home for fall.
1- Pull out the blankets.
Nothing says fall like a cozy throw on the arm of a couch. It’s like an open invitation to snuggle up with a mug of cocoa. You can quickly add that warmth to your living room by bringing in a quilt, throw blanket, or afghan rich in fall colors.
2- Change out your throw pillows.
Throw pillows in golds, oranges, and browns can instantly bring a warm cozy feeling to any living room or bedroom. Swap out the pillows you currently use for pillows in hues of brown, gold, orange, and tan. You will be amazed at how quickly it brings a feeling of warmth to the room.
3- Add a splash of fall color to your houseplants.
While the leaves outside are changing color, your houseplants are not. To mimic the color of the autumn leaves, try adding a sprig of red or yellow leaves (real or silk) to your houseplants. It will bring the feeling of the turning fall leaves right into your home.
4- Bring nature inside.
Decorating with natural elements like acorns, pine cones, pumpkins, gourds, and ears of dried corn will bring the beloved reminders of the harvest into your home. You can use these items as a centerpiece in the dining room, or anywhere in the house you want to increase the cozy factor.
5- Make a warm fragrant drink.
Wassail isn’t only for Christmas! The flavor of apple juice, combined with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and mace, makes a soothing, warm autumn-inspired drink. Plus, it fills your home with all of the same fragrances you smell when you're baking apple pie, without baking the pie.
6- Warm up the crockpot.
Soups and stews are the ultimate comfort food for fall! To bring that cozy fall feeling into your kitchen, try making a stew from scratch. You’ll fill your home with the rich smell of slowly simmered stew, with the added bonus of a soothing hot meal.
7- Bask in the glow of firelight.
There’s nothing as cozy as a fire on a fall evening. If you aren’t one of the lucky few with a fireplace in your home, bring in the candles!
Candles add the warm, golden glow of a fire to your cool fall evenings. As a bonus, you can use a candle with an autumn-inspired scent, and you'll find yourself in cozy autumn bliss.
You can browse our selection of limited edition scented candles to find a candle that will add the golden ambiance of firelight to your evenings.
As the weather grows cooler we find ourselves drawn to things that make us feel warm and cozy. Give some of these ideas a try and add a little bit of fall cozy to your home!