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6 Warming Winter Drinks

The best beverages for a party or a cozy moment

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Sometimes there's nothing more soothing than curling up with a nice warm drink on a lazy Sunday afternoon — and nothing better for entertaining friends at home on a chilly evening than steaming mugs of mulled wine or hot chocolate. These classic hot drink recipes include Irish coffee, homemade chai and two variations on hot chocolate. Some have alcohol, some don't. All are delicious.

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Curl up with any of these warm drinks on a lazy winter day. — Image Source/Corbis

1. Hot Spiked Cider by Nick Mautone

A recipe for spiked pear cider is included here with the apple. You can't go wrong if you prepare either one for your next cold-weather party.

Per Serving: 399 calories, 0g saturated fat, 45g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 2g fiber

2. Cocoa, New Mexican Style by Jane Butel

Hot cocoa with a kick! We love this spicy take on the traditional recipe.

Per Serving: 138 calories, 3g saturated fat, 21g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 1g fiber

3. Irish Coffee by Christopher Idone

This whiskey-spiked espresso is a bold and satisfying way to wrap up a meal. You can even call it dessert.

Per Serving: 175 calories, 4g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber

4. The Best Hot Chocolate by Lora Brody

Whip up this simple and beloved classic to satisfy your chocolate craving.

Per Serving: 589 calories, 27g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrates, 9g protein, 3g fiber

5. Mulled Wine by Sharon Tyler Herbst

Here's a super-easy recipe — a mix of dry red wine, ruby port and brandy — that you can make in large amounts for a winter gathering.

Per Serving: 245 calories, 0g saturated fat, 14g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber

6. Spiced Tea by Dave DeWitt and Nancy Gerlach

A recipe for rich homemade chai that includes a combination of ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and other spices, along with milk and black or Darjeeling tea.

Per Serving: 91 calories, 2g saturated fat, 10g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 0g fiber

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