Freakin' Delicious New Year's Drinks for the Non-Coffee Drinkers

Victoria Julia

Coffee is not, and likely never will be, my jam. I’ve tried it in every country I’ve been to (apparently Costa Rica and Brazil are supposed to have good coffee), but I think it all tastes like dirt water. However, I want to be able to partake in the “hot drink in a cool mug while curled up with a cozy blanket” festivities just like everyone else. So I present to you my top three warm drinks that aren’t coffee.

All of the drinks can be made on the stove and in single serve or larger batches for a holiday party. For my purpose, only the hot chocolate was prepared stove top. Each recipe makes 1-2 servings, depending on how big your mug is.

Hot Chocolate
I imagine this is what the hot chocolate is like in “The Santa Clause,” except it didn’t take centuries to perfect the recipe. This hot chocolate is so rich and smooth and creamy, I can’t think of a more decadent drink. It would also be great with some peppermint extract added in.

  • 1 cup of cream

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Heat cream and milk in medium saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Once heating, add cocoa powder and sugar. Stir until combined.

  3. Stir in chocolate chips.

  4. Bring to boil, stirring occasionally to mix.

  5. Once at a boil, remove from heat and serve!

Hot Not Toddy

A simple twist on your classic cup of tea! I used this recipe from The Spruce Eats. To be 100% honest I’m not a tea drinker so I almost didn’t try it. I made it for my boyfriend while he made me hot chocolate. However, it smelled so good I just had to give it a taste! And I’m so glad I did. This is tea I could actually picture myself drinking. I think the lemon juice and cinnamon really draw me in.

  • 7 ounces of your favorite tea (hot)

    • We used an “Awake” blend, anything will do

  • 1 tablespoon honey

    • The beau said it was a little sweet so he might use less, I thought it was perfect

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon grated, or a cinnamon stick

    • We used a stick, it was great for helping to stir

  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

    • I was a little nervous about having “things” floating in a drink. But it all works out. After talking with the beau we did come up with two alternatives to this if people don’t want floaties. One, you could cut open your tea bag and add them in there. Two, you could use a cute tea infuser, (like this unicorn!) and add your tea and the cloves that way.

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  1. Boil water for tea

  2. Add honey, lemon juice, cloves, and ground nutmeg to a mug

  3. Pour boiling water into mug. Add tea bag and cinnamon stick

  4. Stir and enjoy!

Warm Spiced Cranberry Cocktail

I have always loved cranberry juice and orange juice together, so when I saw this recipe I was really excited to try it! Since giving it a test run, everyone I have told about this has been really interested in getting their hands on the recipe. I did make some modifications to Caroline’s recipe, so that’s what I’ve included.

  • 6 fl oz cranberry juice

  • 3 fl oz orange juice

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves

    • Again, I was a little nervous about having “things” floating in a drink and will order myself a little tea infuser to use in the future! I also drank with a straw, which made it much easier to accidentally get a clove in your mouth.

  • 1 1/2 tsp honey

    • I wanted to add a little more sweetness to it because the cranberry juice I like from Aldi is really tart.

  • 2 pieces candied ginger

  • Handful of sliced cranberries, optional

  1. Add cranberry juice and orange juice into microwave safe container. Microwave to desired temp. I’m a bit of a weeny and don’t like things too hot; I think I did 2 minutes total and stirred at one.

  2. Add cloves, honey, candied ginger, and cranberries to mug.

  3. Pour heated juice over spices and enjoy!

Do you have a favorite winter/New Year’s Drink Recipe? Share below!