Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Make This Winter


Winter months are cold and frigid, so you want something nice and warm to keep you cozy. Here are some of the best non-alcoholic drinks to make this winter.

hot chocolate with cinnamon

hot chocolate with cinnamon

Hot Chocolate with a Kick
4 cups of hot cocoa, prepared
¾ teaspoon of nutmeg
½ teaspoon chili powder
4 cinnamon sticks

In a pitcher or other pouring container, mix together prepared hot cocoa, nutmeg and chili powder. Pour into coffee mugs and add a cinnamon stick before serving.


Spiced Hot Apple Cider
5 cups of apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves, whole
Cinnamon sticks for garnishing

In a pan, over medium-high heat, add apple cider, 2 cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 6 minutes. Pour into mugs and garnish with cinnamon stick.

Comforting Chai Tea
¾ cup of water
3 whole green cardamom pods, crushed
2 slices of fresh ginger, thin
1 cinnamon stick
1 piece of star anise
¾ cup of milk
2 teaspoons of black tea leaves, loose
Honey for sweetening

On the stove, using a saucepan, add water, pods, ginger, cinnamon stick and anise. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Then, add in milk and tea leaves, simmer for an additional two minutes. Next, turn heat off and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Using a mesh strainer, drain tea into a mug and toss leaves and spices. Add honey to sweeten.


Winter Lemonade
1 lemon, sliced
1 tablespoon of honey
1 cinnamon stick

In a saucepan, on the stove, heat to boiling. Slide the lemon slices onto the cinnamon stick, then add the stick to the boiling water. Turn heat off and allow to steep for 4 minutes. Add in honey to sweeten.


Peppermint Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup of hot cocoa mix
1 quart of milk
½ cup of chocolate chips
3 peppermint sticks, crushed
4 peppermint sticks, whole

In a saucepan, over medium heat, add cocoa mix and milk, stirring until cocoa mix has dissolved. Add in chocolate chips and crushed peppermint sticks. Continue to simmer, stirring often, for about 9-11 minutes or until peppermint and chocolate has melted. Allow to boil and then remove from heat. Pour into mugs and garnish with peppermint stick.

What is your favorite winter drink?'
Madison Main
When Madison isn't tending to her job at a bank, she is hauling her 5 children to soccer practice and other activities. Main is also a speech and drama coach at the local high school.

41 Responses to “Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks to Make This Winter

  • I love all of your ideas! Especially the peppermint hot cocoa!

    Catherine S
    5 years ago

    All of the drinks sound yummy. One of my favorite hot drinks is Chai Tea.

  • Winter drinks can be just as delicious as summer drinks! I do love a steaming mug of cocoa with cinnamon in the winter!

  • That hot chocolate with cinnamon looks amazing! I’ve never combined those two flavors before!

  • I love hot drinks in the winter! I would love to try the Spiced Hot Apple Cider recipe! Sounds really good!

      Mamasita A
      5 years ago

      Me too! I am a big fan of different flavored coffees too. Curled up by the fireplace, a warm drink and a good book!

  • Since I’m not a fan of alcohol then these all are great for me. I’m however a lover of chai tea so would love to give that one a shot.

  • I love hot drinks. The hot chocolate drinks looks so rich.

  • I love hot drinks. The hot chocolate drink looks so rich.

  • All the drinks sound delicious. I would love to try all the recipes, especially the hot chocolate drink.

  • Hot chocolate and candy canes will always make me think of my kids coming in after playing for hours in the snow.

  • ohhh the chai tea latte looked yummy! My daughter loves those…i’ll have to try that one!

  • I’m a chai tea girl, but that winter lemonade looks pretty cozy and delicious! Cocoa is a must for winter!

  • The chai looks amazing! I want to try it out right away!

  • Oh winter can be so debilitating! I really need comfort food during this season. I’d love to try your suggestions.

  • These all really look yummy, but I think I’m drooling the most over the hot chocolate ones you shared! Peppermint and cocoa. Yum! Next snowstorm and I’m making these!
    Karen |

    5 years ago

    Hot Chocolate with cinnamon and Peppermint hot chocolate sound like they are calling my name. Delicious I need to give them both a try at home!

  • Most of these are at the top of my list especially got chocolate! I don’t make mine with a kick but I sure do like to add a dab of coffee to it!

  • These drinks look so delicious. My favorite is Spiced Hot Apple Cider. Hot Chocolate with a candy cane is always a great choice.

  • Hot Apple Cider is so delicious to sip on while you go for a walk in the winter. It warms my whole body up and the kids love it.

  • Chai tea is my favorite but hot chocolate with cinnamon sounds divine too. Thanks for sharing!

  • I drink a lot of hot tea in the winter – it keeps me warm! I also have been drinking an awful lot of coffee lately, which probably isn’t a good thing, but I have been enjoying it a lot lately!

  • MMM That Chai tea looks amazing. Ill have to check out the recipe for sure

  • Chocolate with a kick is always good. I’m huge fan of mexican hot chocolate. Ill have to give this a try.

  • All of these drinks are calling my name. I like hot chocolate and hot tea in the winter time!!

  • We don’t drink any sort of Alcohol drinks at home & we always try out something new every time we have some get together at home. The hot chocolate with cinnamon is something I would want to try right away & the Winter Lemonade sounds great as well.

  • These are the perfect drinks for a cold, winter night. I love the fact that they are all non-alcoholic since I’m not really a big drinker.

  • these would all work great for me – I’m the non-drinker of the bunch!

  • I can’t drink so this is perfect for me I like the look of the pepper mint hot choc. I would love to try the comforting chai tea too.

  • All of those sound really good but the one I am definitely going to try is the Winter Lemonade. It may even help ward off colds!!

  • I like to put chili powder in my hot chocolate, too. I was always taught that’s the best way to make Mexican Hot Chocolate. I’ve never tried making my own chai, though, and I love it – so I should give that one a whirl

    Debbie Denny
    5 years ago

    Great drink recipes. I have never added chili powder to hot chocolate, but I will give it a try.

  • Chair is my favorite! I love all of these options, though. A hot winter treat is my favorite!

  • These all sound amazing. Apple Cider and Chai are two of my favorite fall and winter drinks. And peppermint hot chocolate is my go to for the holidays.

    Karlyn Flores
    5 years ago

    I am a really huge fan of Hot chocolate, and good for the cold season I want this now.

  • The winter lemonade sounds like something I would love! Hot chocolate is my go-to, but I haven’t thought of it a lot since we didn’t have much cold weather.

  • I’m all about herbal teas in winter. Used to be a big English tea lover but when I got into herbal I just never looked back. Peppermint and chamomile are two of my favorites

    5 years ago

    Omg so many yummy drinks!!!!!! I need to try that cider. Sounds pretty tasty!

  • Now this is something I am quite tempted to try. I am sure my mom would love the idea!

  • The hot chocolate with cinnamon sounds wonderful. I have actually been craving this beverage, and I definitely want to try out your recipe!

  • winter is all about alcohol in my circle, but sometimes it’s just too much. I love this idea and I’m going to roll with it this winter.

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