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How to Make Your Favourite Winter Warmers

On these cold, dark evenings, a hot drink a great way to feel cosy and snug. From mulled wine to a delicious cup of hot chocolate, we took to Instagram to find out your favourite Winter warmers. 

74% chose Hot Chocolate 

Hot chocolate is sweet, creamy and comforting, so it came as no surprise to see it top our poll as your favourite winter warmer. 

Here’s an easy recipe for a light and seasonal hot chocolate that beats the powder mix: 

  • Fill your favourite mug with skimmed milk  
  • Break up a few squares of dark chocolate, 80% cocoa works a charm 
  • Sprinkle in some backing spices – cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to taste 
  • Add a drizzle of honey for sweetness 
  • Heat in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds
  • Snuggle up and enjoy 

71% chose a good cup of tea 

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a comforting cuppa. And believe it or not, there is a recipe for the perfect brew without messing around with loose leaves and teapots. Here’s how it’s done:  

  • Run your mug under hot water- this keeps your tea nice and hot 
  • Pour boiling water over the tea bag and stir a couple of times to help the tea to infuse.
  • Leave for three to four minutes 
  • If you like sugar, add it before the milk so the sugar dissolves easily 
  • Remove the tea bag and stir to even out all the flavours 
  • Add as much or as little milk as you like  
  • Voila! Your perfectly brewed tea is ready 

55% would rather have a coffee 

Coffee is a great remedy for the dark winter days– it keeps you warm and stops you dozing off! 

Want to turn your coffee into a cheeky tipple? Try a warming Irish coffee. Here’s how to get that finicky brew just right: 

  • Fill a heatproof glass with hot water and leave to the side 
  • Lightly whip two tablespoons of double cream so it’s slightly thickened, then set aside in the fridge 
  • Make a black coffee in a separate mug, however strong you like 
  • Mix two tablespoons of brown muscovado sugar with equal amounts of hot water in a small pan. Bring to the boil and take off the heat the moment it turns to syrup 
  • Stir in 50ml of Whiskey. Irish, preferably 
  • Empty your hot glass and pour in the sweetened whisky 
  • Stir in your coffee 
  • Take the cream out of the fridge, whisk once then pour it in over the back of a spoon to help it float 
  • Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top and serve immediately 

 https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2015/mar/12/how-to-make-perfect-irish-coffee-st-patricks-day-recipe 

39% enjoy a classic mulled wine 

And coming last but by no means least, the Christmassy mulled wine. No need to spend through the nose at the Christmas market, this treat is surprisingly easy to make at home. All you need is your favourite bottle of red and a smattering of spices… 

  • Pour the wine into a large pan 
  • Add a cinnamon stick or two, star anise, two strips of lemon zest and four tablespoons of caster sugar 
  • Cook on a low heat for 10 minutes 
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool and infuse for about half an hour 
  • To serve, gently heat your mulled wine then ladle into heatproof glasses 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/mulled-wine 

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