Ok, ok, it’s not that cold yet, but it’s definitely cooling down which means it’s time to bust out the hot drink recipes. For most student digs, having the heating on can mean enormous energy bills, particularly in large houses which are poorly insulated and hard to heat. So grab your favourite onesie and mix up a couple of these fantastic recipes to keep you warm!


  1. Nutella Hot Chocolate

Hold the phone! Nutella? In a drink? Give it to us!


6 cups milk

1 cup Nutella

6 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened

Heat milk on stovetop and add cocoa and Nutella. Whisk until combined and heat until desired temp. Top with whipped cream


  1. Apple Pie Spiced Cider

Cider and apple pie are the greatest combination!


1/4 quarts apple cider

  • tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
  • whole cinnamon sticks, (6 sticks for garnish)
  • teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Ground cloves

Freshly grated nutmeg


1/2 cup Calvados, or other brandy (optional)

In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.


  1. Hot Butterbeer

Magical recipe inspired by Harry Potter, this is guaranteed to warm your cockles!


To begin, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter with 1/4 C brown sugar and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup in a large pot or sauce pan.  Boil for two minutes. Add:

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp cardamom

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper


Stir in 1/2 C milk or half and half if you’re feeling decadent. Whisk to combine. Add:

2 cups water

2 tablespoons Butterscotch pudding mix

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp caramel flavouring


Heat to almost boiling. Serve in small mugs as this is a rich and sweet beverage.


  1. Vegan Chai Latte

A great warming recipe for those of you who prefer their drinks on the healthy, animal free side


1 inch (2cm) cube of ginger

1 inch (2cm) cube of turmeric

1 (250ml) cup almond milk (or milk alternative)

1 stick of cinnamon

1 to 2 teaspoons honey (preferably raw)

Black Pepper

Slice of Lemon


Peel and chop the ginger and turmeric.

Pour the almond milk into a saucepan and add the ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.

Over a low heat, warm the milk until it is gently simmering.

Allow to simmer for a minute then remove the pan from the heat.

Add honey and allow the milk to cool, leaving the spices in to let them continue to steep and infuse flavour and goodness.

When milk is warm, strain the chai into a mug, sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.



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