None of us particularly like the cold that winter brings, but winter does have some perks in its variety of drinks. Everyone knows of hot chocolate, but for those who don’t like hot chocolate or get sick of it, here are some alternatives and ways to spice up the classic hot cocoa.

 

1) Hot Chocolate

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MACINATE | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Rather than doing a simple, normal version of hot chocolate, there are plenty of different versions of hot chocolate as well. One popular version is peppermint hot chocolate. An easy way to transform your hot chocolate is to stir it with a candy cane. There are several versions of hot chocolate:

 

2) Cider

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MICHELLE | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Contrary to popular belief, not all cider is alcoholic. Most people usually think of fall when cider is brought up in conversation, but cider in any form can be sampled throughout fall and winter. Ciders usually involve cinnamon, and some versions include the spice apple, Asian Pear Sparkler and autumn chiller.

 

3) Eggnog

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CALGARY REVIEWS | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Eggnog is a classic Christmas drink in the United States and Canada. One of the more popular versions include nutmeg in them. It can be a bit difficult to make eggnog, because a lot of recipes call for alcohol in it as well, so finding a good recipe may require some harder searching.

 

4) Butterbeer

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JOHN ONG | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Described as being similar to cream soda, butterbeer can be served both cold and hot, making it ideal for a bit of variety in the winter. Many people have created their own versions of it, so experimenting is a good idea. Most ingredients include for the actual drink, cream soda and butter extract.

 

5) Roasted Pineapple Hot Buttered Rum

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ECOHEN | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Don’t freak: there is actually no rum involved in roasted pineapple hot buttered rum. Though not as popular or as well known as the others, it is still decent in its own right. This drink can take a little while to prepare, but also doesn’t require that many ingredients. If you want to experiment with different types of drinks, this one may be one to try. The main ingredient is pineapple with sugar, butter and vanilla seeds.

 

6) Lemon Ginger Tea

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STARSANDSPIRALS | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Considered as an herbal tea (therefore not against the Word of Wisdom), lemon ginger tea is an easy and comforting recipe that will bring you warmth on the coldest day. The recipe requires a little bit of ginger root, a lemon, water and a teaspoon of honey.

 

7) Hot Cranberry Punch

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LIZ WEST | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

Though somewhat unprecedented, this unique drink will put a new spring in your step and change up your usual winter routine. Don’t just settle for plain, watery hot chocolate (unlike the suggestions listed above), but rather try this drink out, and even make it for your friends.

 

8) Steamers

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CHRISTOPHER CORNELIUS | FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS

You can commonly buy steamers at Starbucks or other coffee shops, but rest assured: they don’t all have coffee in them. Steamers can usually be made with steamed milk and a few other ingredients, and can be made in a variety of flavors, like candy cane, ginger snap and vanilla.

Many drinks in the winter can, unfortunately, be struck off the list of potential drinks. Following the Word of Wisdom, many classic drinks, like tea and coffee, are unavailable. To find other versions requires a lot of searching and careful reading of the ingredients list, in case someone sneaks in a bit of tea, coffee, or alcohol. There is also the option of combining drinks, like making an eggnog hot chocolate. It just requires a bit of finesse while cooking as well as great searching skills on the internet.