Love Christmas, but hate the fact that temperatures are plummeting and you're starting to see your breath freeze in the air on the way to work in the morning?

Well now the festive season is (nearly) upon is, it's socially acceptable to drink six mugs of hot chocolate a day in an effort to keep the winter chill at bay.

There are loads of Christmas drinks to choose from, whether it's eggnog, hot toddy or a Starbucks-inspired pumpkin spiced latte, and each of them are fairly simple to make!

Here are five of our favourite winter drinks recipes so you can make them at home. All that's left to do is snuggle under a blanket and watch Netflix until it's time for spring again!

Tesco: Pumpkin Latte (serves one)


Two heaped tablespoons of pumpkin purée

One tablespoon of soft brown sugar

Quarter of a teaspoon of mixed spice

Quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon

250ml of whole or semi-skimmed milk

Two shots of espresso coffee

Whipped cream and cocoa, to serve


  1. Put the pumpkin purée, sugar, spices and milk in a microwave-proof jug. Mix the contents to combine. Cover with clingfilm, then carefully pierce the surface two or three times, to allow steam to escape. Microwave on full power for one to one and a half minutes, until the milk is hot.
  2. Using an electric milk frother or whisk, whisk for 30 to 45 seconds or until milk is really frothy. Pour the hot coffee into a latte glass or mug, then add the spiced pumpkin milk. Top with cream, if using, then dust with a little more mixed spice and some cocoa.

ASDA: Gluhwein (serves eight)


Two bottles of red wine

Two oranges

One teaspoon of cloves

Two cinnamon sticks, plus extra to serve

50g of caster sugar


  1. Pour the wine into a pan. Stud the oranges with the cloves, then slice into rounds. Add to the pan with the cinnamon sticks and sugar.
  2. Heat until simmering, then simmer gently for 15 minutes.
  3. To serve, pour into glasses and decorate with an orange slice and cinnamon stick.

Tesco: Nutella Hot Chocolate (serves four)


750ml of whole milk

50g of dark or milk chocolate, broken into squares

Two tablespoons of Nutella

Four tablespoons of spray cream, optional

10g of chopped, roasted hazelnuts, optional


  1. Heat the milk to scalding point (just before it boils) in a medium saucepan. Remove from the fire or turn off the heat.
  2. Immediately add the chocolate and Nutella and leave to melt for 30 seconds. Using a whisk, slowly incorporate the chocolate and Nutella to make a smooth milk, continuing to whisk for one to two minutes, until the milk is frothy.
  3. Pour into mugs and serve straight away. Top with a swirl of the spray cream and a sprinkle of chopped, roasted hazelnuts.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate (serves one)


One tablespoon of hot water

One teaspoon of brown sugar

One tablespoon of cocoa powder

Half a teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger and vanilla extract

A pinch of cloves

Around 250ml of milk


  1. Put all the ingredients in a pan and heat until scalding point (just before it boils).
  2. Pour into a mug and serve straight away.

Tesco: Hot Toddy (serves one)


One teaspoon of runny honey or brown sugar

25ml of single malt scotch whisky

Juice of quarter of a lemon

One cinnamon stick

Three cloves

Grated nutmeg

Lemon slice, to serve


  1. In a thick glass or mug, combine the whisky and lemon juice and top up with boiled water.
  2. Stir to dissolve the honey.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, grated nutmeg and lemon slice, to serve.

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