5 hot drink recipes to enjoy in the Spring

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Spring is finally here, so it’s time to hit the refresh button and put the cold days behind us! Spring up your family gatherings with these delicious hot beverages ranging from hot chocolate, flavoured coffee, spiced tea and more.

1. Maple Cider
This delicious twist on apple cider is the perfect refreshing spring drink. Before preparing this energising drink head to the Waterfront market and pick up fresh spices to complement this recipe. The Waterfront Market offers the widest selection of aromatic and vibrant spices and herbs.

Ingredients
Orange peel
2 cinnamon sticks
8 cloves
3 cardamoms
25 peppercorns
5 cups apple cider
1 cup water
½ cup maple syrup
8 black tea bags
Orange slices

Directions
Place orange peel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, and peppercorns in a pot and add water, cider, and maple syrup.
Cook on low heat for an hour then add tea bags.
Cover let set for 10 minutes.

2. Spicy Cocoa
It’s hot chocolate with spice and everything nice, who wouldn’t want to drink that! This fragrant hot chocolate recipe is sweet, creamy and will definitely spice up your taste buds.

Ingredients
85g bittersweet chocolate
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp sugar
⅜ teaspoon chile powder
1 ¾ cups milk
¼ cup cream
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions
In a pot, whisk together chocolate, cocoa, sugar, and chili.
Heat over medium-low heat until chocolate begins to melt.
Whisk in milk, then cream, and then add in cinnamon stick.
Remove pot from heat and cover pot tightly for 1 hour.
Add in vanilla, warm over low heat before serving.

3. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate
If you like sipping on Pina coladas at the beach during summer, then you will definitely love cosying up with this delicious drink during springtime.
Ingredients
3 cups milk
1 can coconut milk
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon vanilla

Directions
In pan combine milk, coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Whisk in cocoa powder until well-combined.
Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and serve.

4. Spiced Black Tea
If you’re a tea lover and looking for some tea-rrific recipes, give this one a try. This recipe requires a handful of spices, if you’re missing one of two spices don’t worry just head to the Waterfront Market and grab some. The Waterfront Market offers the widest selection of best aromatic spices and herbs.
Ingredients
7 cups water
1 cup sugar
1 piece peeled fresh ginger
3 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
4 black tea bags
1 cup pomegranate juice
¼ cup lemon juice

Directions
In large pan combine water, sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise and bring to a boil.
Add in sugar, boil for 1 minute then strain and return mixture to pan.
Add tea bags and let it steep in for 10 minutes.
Remove tea bags and stir in pomegranate and lemon juice.
Heat again for 2 minutes and serve.
5. Caramel-Hazelnut Mocha
Melted chocolate, caramel sauce, coffee. Need we say more?
Ingredients
8 cups cream
½ cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
½ cup caramel sauce
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder
Whipped cream

Directions
In a slow cooker whisk together cream, chocolate-hazelnut spread, caramel sauce, the cocoa powder and espresso powder.

Cook on low heat for 5 to 6 hours.
Serve topped with whipped cream.