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10 Healthy Hot Drinks to Warm You Up

Save money — and calories — while indulging with these delicious, coffee shop alternatives


Spiced Chai MixSpiced Chai Mix
One Christmas, my sister-in-law mixed up this drink for our family gathering. I asked for the recipe and have been enjoying it's warm, spicy flavor ever since. It tastes great with a warm blanket and a good book!
—Dee Falk, Stromsburg, Nebraska




Creamy Coffee MixCreamy Coffee Mix
A hint of cinnamon and a little sugar dress up instant coffee granules in this easy blend. Simply mix with boiling water for a change-of pace morning beverage.
—Jane Fraser, Gig Harbor, Washington




Cinnamon Mocha CoffeeCinnamon Mocha Coffee
Most store-bought flavored coffees are quite expensive. So here's a special early-morning beverage you can make at home. The aroma of cinnamon and cocoa makes this coffee hard to resist.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin




Vanilla-Almond CoffeeVanilla-Almond Coffee
This recipe is perfect for any coffee lover. Instead of buying flavored coffees, I make my own using flavored extracts for baking. You can prepare this with decaffeinated coffee, too.
—Tina Christensen, Addison, Illinois




Hot Raspberry-Lemonade Drink 

MixHot Raspberry-Lemonade Drink Mix
To accompany the warm wishes you send in a gift basket, include this fruity blend from our test kitchen. The combination of powdered mixes for lemonade, raspberry drink and tea is one folks can enjoy by simply stirring in hot water.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin




Sugar-Free Cocoa MixSugar-Free Cocoa Mix
Here's a delicious winter warmer-upper featuring a tasty blend of cinnamon and cocoa. Keep the cocoa mix on hand to enjoy on cold winter days...or package it in a pretty tin and give it as a gift.
—Louise Clough, West Fork, Arkansas




Sunburst Spiced TeaSunburst Spiced Tea
Our home economists use oranges and lemon to lend a lovely citrus flavor to ordinary black tea.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin




Hot Spiced Green TeaHot Spiced Green Tea
With ginger, lemon and honey, this balanced tea is ideal for any time of day or occasion. The aromatic drink from our Test Kitchen smells as wonderful as it tastes.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin




Sugar-Free Russian TeaSugar-Free Russian Tea
My mother always had Russian tea mix on hand for a quick warm-up. OUr son has diabetes, so I carry on the tradition using this delicious sugar-free alternative.
—Kim Marie Van Rheenen, Mendota, Illinois




Warm Spiced Cider PunchWarm Spiced Cider Punch
This is a nice warm-up punch—I like to serve it when there is a nip in the air. The aroma of the apple cider, orange juice and spices is wonderful as the punch simmers in the slow cooker.
—Susan Smith, Forest, Virginia



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