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Winter is just getting started, but forgoing dairy doesn't mean saying goodbye to snuggling up with something warm when the weather outside is frightful, nor does it mean spending all your holiday money at upscale coffee shops or juice bars. Here are four delicious DIY concoctions to warm you up, boost your health, and save your cash for stocking-stuffers.
Super Creamy Vegan Hot Chocolate
Take this winter classic home to your family—it’s up to you whether you tell them it’s dairy free, or that this cocoa-centric recipe is packed with vitamins and minerals! Look for high quality organic cocoa powder and arrowroot starch at a health food store.
Vegan London Fog Earl Gray Tea Latte
This Starbucks favorite can be made at home for just pennies. Baristas' suggest soy milk for the best froth, but most dairy alternatives will work. Mixing loose leaf at home allows you to have your winter cheer your way—like blending a cupboard staple like Earl Grey and with seasonal treats like their Gingerbread, Ruby Spice Cider, and White Chocolate Peppermint teas. Take advantage of holiday deals and use Teavana coupon codes from Discountrue while you can and get grandma a new teapot while you're there!
Tumeric Milk (Alternative) Tea
This delicious, caffeine-free milk (alternative) tea makes the perfect bedtime treat after a day out in the snow thanks to the flu-fighting powers of tumeric. Don't be turned off by the savory sound of tumeric and pepper-- this milk tea tastes and smells like a classic chai thanks too aromatic cinnamon and ginger. Customize your drink with your dairy alternative of choice (almond milk adds nutty undertones while vanilla soy or coconut milk is a sweet addition) and favorite sweetener. You can find tumeric in bulk online or at local health stores.
Hot Toddys (many ways!)
A hot toddy is another winter staple, but this one's for adults only! Already dairy free, you can put your own twist on this yuletide classic, such as by adding cranberry to vanilla vodka or maple to bourbon. Raid your spice rack for whole cinnamon sticks, fresh ginger, and cloves and experiment to create a signature spice blend.
Whether you're mixing these cozy concoctions for a holiday crowd, or making yourself a snow day treat, these winter warmers will hit the spot. Make any of these spicy brews work for you by custom blending herbs to boost your immunity. Check out online herbal guides before heading to the spice aisle!