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10 drinks that will warm you from the inside out this winter

Like sipping pure comfort from a mug, hot drinks are the best way to thaw out your fingers this winter. From our velvety chilli-spiked hot chocolate to our luscious buttered rum cocktail, these drinks are a warming treat.

By Harriet Keown
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    Orange and cranberry spiced mulled wine

    If you’re looking for pure comfort in a glass as winter closes in, you can’t go too far wrong with mulled wine. This recipe combines the fruity flavours of orange and cranberry with subtle spices to create a luscious, warming tipple.


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    Homemade Mexican hot chocolate

    This recipe for Mexican hot chocolate takes your average hot cocoa to new flavour heights with cinnamon, chilli and real milk chocolate. Perfect topped with marshmallows or whipped cream

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Easy Irish coffee with nutmeg

    Beat the winter chill with a drink with a kick! This warming Irish coffee is gently spiced with nutmeg and has (of course) a sneaky dash of Irish whiskey

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Classic chai tea

    This recipe for chai tea is gently spiced with warming cloves, cinnamon and cardamom to create a truly comforting drink that's hot, creamy and wonderfully fragrant

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Aromatic white and red mulled wine

    Greet guests at your next mid-winter dinner party with delicious mulled wine served in thick glasses or pottery cups to hold the heat, says Fiona Hugues. Photo by Jani Shepherd/Gatherum Collectif

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Sailor Jerry rum hot chocolate

    A sneaky rum kick makes this special chocolatey hot drink that little bit more decadent. Perfect to snuggle up with on a cold night.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    Hot buttered rum cocktail

    Mixology master Frankie Walker says Hot Buttered Rum is great for sharing – you can make up a batch in advance. It’s also a classic cocktail, with its roots very much in Jamaica.

    New Zealand Taste|

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    White chocolate eggnog

    Creamy, sweet and right at home in front of a crackling fire, eggnog is a true winter drink. This eggnog recipe is given a warming kick with rum and brandy essence

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Mulled “wine” mocktail

    Indulge alcohol-free with the delicious taste of this mulled “wine” mocktail.

    Australian Women's Weekly|