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Exciting hot winter drinks

As the air gets chillier, there's nothing more comforting than getting under a blanket and cradling a hot cuppa in your hands. Instead of your average tea, coffee or hot chocolate, how about trying some of these exciting twists on hot beverages this winter?

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Coffee-based hot drinks
While instant coffee can suffice for many of these coffee drinks, it does make a huge difference to flavour and aroma if you can use a quality espresso extracted from a professional coffee machine. Why not evoke festive flavours with this winter spice latte laced with an aromatic orange and nutmeg syrup (pictured above)?

Or, make the most of seasonal produce and re-create the irresistible flavours of pumpkin pie with this pumpkin spice latte brimming with the notes of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and maple syrup. You can make this with regular milk although coconut milk adds an extra flavour dimension. Top with whipped cream for a decadent afternoon treat. 

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Like your mochas? Give this Nutella latte a whirl. Simply pour over espresso and frothed milk over a generous spoonful of Nutella for a chocolate hazelnut coffee complete with a Nutella-dipped rim.  

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Alternatively, this oatmeal latte (below) with crunchy granola topping combines the best of breakfast in a single cup. ​

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Tea-based hot drinks
Skip the tea bags and make traditional Indian chai steeped with fragrant cardamom and cinnamon from scratch. You'll never look at the store-bought variety again. 

Struggling to sleep after a long day? Enjoy the relaxing benefits of both warm milk and camomile in this honey camomile tea latte (pictured below) featuring frothed camomile-infused hot milk with cinnamon.

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Ward off colds and boost your immune system with a nourishing turmeric ginger tea with freshly grated ginger and turmeric, cinnamon, honey and lemon. It's made in a coffee plunger, but you could just as easily use a jug and sieve instead.

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Heavenly hot chocolates
Forget the instant variety and microwaved milk. We're talking about good-quality dark chocolate melted in cream and milk that's warmed over the stove. There are countless ways you could personalise this favourite. Perhaps consider a sprinkle of sea salt or a splash of rum for a decadent night cap.

Try Martha Stewart's extra creamy dark chocolate hot cocoa laced with nutmeg, or this heart-stopping hot chocolate including a recipe for chocolate marshmallows for budding MasterChefs. The latter is inspired by the famous hot chocolate once served at the now-closed City Bakery in New York, which specialised in hot cocoa that was so thick and intense that it was served in shot glasses.

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Those who are lactose intolerant will appreciate this vegan Mexican hot chocolate (pictured above) which features almond and coconut milk and dairy-free chocolate infused with cinnamon and cayenne. And, even if you can handle dairy, you'll love the tropical, nutty flavours in this warming cuppa. 

Banner image via taste.com.au

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