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.
December 22, 2017 by Freshly Scented

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