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Drink up and stay warm with these hot drinks

Warm hands, warm hearts, warm drinks all around.

By Micki Wagner | Dec. 1, 2015

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‘Tis the season to curl up by the fire and watch the snow fall. It’s a universal fact that this is coziest with a warm drink in hand. Which is why MOVE has five drink recipes to warm your body and soul and get you into the “Let It Snow” spirit.

Peppermint Mocha: This Starbucks seasonal fave is super simple to whip up at home. Just brew up a cup of your favorite coffee and add in 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, depending on how sweet you like your coffee. After that, add in two handfuls of Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips and two hard peppermint candy rounds. Add sugar to taste, and your morning is off to a minty fresh start.

S’mores Hot Chocolate: For this bonfire-inspired drink, start by making a cup of your favorite hot chocolate mix. Then let 10-15 mini marshmallows melt in the hot chocolate and stir. Top with as many mini marshmallows as you feel you can possibly stuff in your face, then add some crushed graham crackers on top to complete the look. Get the fireplace going, or a toasted marshmallow candle, and it’s just like an autumn bonfire.

Salted Caramel Apple Cider: This is a must-try not only because it’s warm and sweet, but also because it could not be simpler. Just heat up a mug of your favorite apple cider and add two spoonfuls of caramel sauce and a pinch of sea salt. That’s literally the entire recipe. You can thank me later.

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate: Now this recipe is a little more complicated, but if pumpkin pie is your jam, it will be worth the effort. Start off by warming up 2 cups of milk in a saucepan. When the milk heats up, add in three-fourths of a bar of white chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir this together until the chocolate is completely melted. Then add a spoonful of pumpkin pie filling, a pinch of allspice and a pinch of cinnamon. Stir together until everything is evenly combined, then drink it up while basking in the glory of your delicious productivity.

Spiced Butterbeer: For the Harry Potter fan, this is the mecca of warm libations. Start off this seriously magical recipe by heating 2 cups of milk in a saucepan then add 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup brown sugar to the mix and stir. After that, add two spoonfuls of butterscotch sauce and two pinches of cinnamon. Pour this mixture into your “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up to No Good” mug and pour in 1/3 of a can of cream soda. No promises you’ll finally receive that Hogwarts letter, but at least you’ll have something warm and tasty to sip on while you prepare for those muggle exams.

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