5 Must Try Winter Drinks: The Latina Way!

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Mmmm…! The warm smell of cinnamon fills my warm home as I sit under my blanket contemplating the Christmas tree (well, mostly working from my tablet), with a warm drink in my hand. Christmas music is playing and so are my toddlers (peacefully). I feel like my life is so perfect in moments like these and every time I look at the cold out the window, it is my nice hot drinks that enhance the sense of warmth and peace in my home. Especially during Christmas!

What sets the the warm, holiday-ish tone in your home? How do you enhance that seasonal spirit in your environment?! What will give your mood a little touch up?  If your only pattern consists of hot cocoa and you wanna try something different, spice things up a bit with these following 5 warm traditional Mexican drinks😉

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Liquid Oatmeal

Winter drink
A soft, smooth mixture of sweetness so delightful, I won’t be surprised if you came back to me saying it became your daily!

What you’ll need:

6 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
½ cup of milk
2 pouches of oatmeal of your choice
Sugar (at your own pleasure)

Directions:

Bring the water with the cinnamon stick to a boil at medium heat. Upon boiling, it is time to add the oatmeal. Empty both bags of the oatmeal to your blender with an oz of water and blend for 7 sec. (This is just for best results) Not really necessary since you can just add the oatmeal without blending. (Caution: Once oatmeal is added, do not leave out of sight because it rises to the top of the pot and will overflow if you aren’t there to turn down the heat)! Let boil for a couple minutes then add the sugar and milk. Let it boil for another 2-5 minutes before removing from the heat (continue supervising and occasionally stiring to avoid spill). For best results, once you have turned off the heat, you can let it sit for about 10 minutes, while it continues building that soft, thick and smooth texture.

 

Atole (warm cornmeal drink)

Warm cupmof atole
This masa-based drink with sugar and cinnamon is traditional in Mexico and is, especially, a holiday favorite!

What you’ll need:

5 cups of milk
½ cup of masa flour
¼ cups of finely chopped or grated pilloncillo (PIL-on-SEE-yo)
– This can be found at any Mexican grocery store, but if not, you can always use brown sugar instead!
¼ tsp of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large saucepan, whisk the milk into the masa flour until it is free of lumps. Next you will add the cinnamon, vanilla extract and the piloncillo (or brown sugar). At this time, if you would like to make Champurrado (chocolate-based atole) you can add half an Abuelita tablet now). Next, you will heat and bring to a boil and continue to stir so that it does not get lumpy. Then serve and enjoy!

 

Cinnamon with Milk

Warm winter drink
This satisfyingly silky cinnamon-based blend will gratify you with its soft textured touch of the milk!

What you’ll need:

6 cups of water
2 cinnamon sticks
2 ounces of milk
Sugar (at your own pleasure)

Directions:

Prepare a cinnamon tea like you normally would by boiling the water with cinnamon sticks at medium heat. Add sugar at your own pleasure. Upon picking up color with the cinnamon, turn off the heat and add 2 oz of milk. Mix and serve!

 

Abuelíta Chocolate

Warm winter drink

AKA the Mexican hot chocolate, Abuelita is the ultimate cold weather comforter and a favorite in many Latino households! Nothing says cozy like Abuelita!

What you’ll need:

6 cups of water
1 tablet of Abuelita Chocolate
1 cup of milk

Directions:

Bring the water to a boil and add the chocolate. Stir until disintegrated. Upon boiling again, add the milk and let boil for a couple of minutes. I did not need sugar for this one, but if you need to than add according to your own likes. Serve and if in the mood add marshmallows and a pinch of cinnamon!

 

Cinnamon Tasty Coffee

Warm winter drink

AKA the Mexican coffee, this treat is great for coffee drinkers who may wanna spice things up a bit.

What you’ll need:

Coffee
Cinnamon Powder
Vanilla Coffee mate (optional)

Directions:

Brew your coffee like you normally do. Add a pinch of cinnamon and if you like also add some coffee mate. For instant coffee, boil the water with a cinnamon stick and then serve to your cup to apply the coffee AND if you in the mood for extra, you can enhance the delight with some whip cream and a pinch of cinnamon on there. Then, enjoy!

Now, which to make?😊

These sure are all nice alternatives to the good ol’ coffee on these chilly days. Not only are they super tasty, but actually nutritious as well! Have fun trying these authentic recipes and let me know what you think here in the comments! Happy Winter!

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