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Cozy Winter Drinks & Holiday Playlist

Vegan, Gluten-Free

Cozy Winter Drinks

Nothing teams better with a chilly winter walk, snowball fight, or afternoon sledding than a toasty warm beverage and a chill, calming holiday playlist. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with simple packaged powder hot chocolate mix and store bought cider in a pinch … but if you’re looking to seriously impress your family this holiday by turning your home into a mini Starbucks oasis – minus the noise, crowds, and covid-risk – check out these vegan, gluten free, (and super simple!) recipes for homemade Apple Cider and Hot Cocoa.

Check out my two favourite relaxing Holiday Playlists below: Christmas Chill and Classical Christmas. If you’re looking for even more holiday playlists, click here to see the Christmas Coffee House playlists I shared last year.

Vegan, GF Hot Cocoa

(adapted from @Causebox)

Combine well:

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (make sure to check labels for gluten free & dairy free)

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • 2 tbsp warmed almond milk

Add the above mixture to 1 1/4 cup warmed almond milk (or your favourite dairy free milk), stir well. Top with your favourite toppings – marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, etc!

Homemade Apple Spice Cider

(adapted from Pick Up Limes)

Combine:

  • 4L high quality, no sugar added apple juice

  • 1 thinly sliced orange

  • About 4 cinnamon sticks

  • 5 cracked cardamom pods

  • Approximately 1inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced (I also add a bit of grated ginger as well, because my family really loves ginger)

Combine all ingredients in medium pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy as this amazing aroma fills your home with comforting goodness!

Playlist:

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