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Create Your Own Warm Winter Drinks

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When the weather is frightful, and you crave something warm and delightful, you want more than your regular mug of coffee or cup of tea. Instead of driving to your favorite coffee shop, why not use your Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker to brew up some coffee, then add some delicious flavors that are probably in your pantry. 

Look to Your Spice Rack for Flavors

Your spice rack is filled with some truly amazing scents and flavors. Start there and add a pinch of your favorite to your coffee or tea. To brew flavored coffee in your coffee maker, sprinkle a tablespoon or two of cinnamon over the coffee grounds before brewing. Once brewed, add your usual sweetener and creamer. Try different combination of spices to see what you like. Some flavors to try:

  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground cardamom
  • Ground nutmeg

​​​​​​Experiment with Flavor Extracts

Beyond baking, many of us don’t use flavored extracts in cooking. But as a liquid, they are perfect for stirring into all sorts of drinks. Peruse your baking stash and pull out your favorite flavorings. Try a drop or two in your cup to jazz up the taste or mix some with your regular creamer to make your own flavored version. You can also mix some a couple of flavored extracts in your cup to get creative with the taste.

  • Vanilla extract
  • Peppermint extract
  • Maple extract
  • Almond extract

Add Sweetened Syrups

Another way to amp up the taste of regular coffee and tea is to switch out your sugar or sweetener with sweetened syrups. You can buy flavored drink syrups at your local grocery or you can use some that you already have such as:

  • Maple syrup
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Caramel syrup
  • Honey

Try a spoonful or two and adjust to taste. You may also need to add a dash of sugar if you like your drink extra sweet.


Create a Hot Cocktail

Having a cocktail ready with a warm cup is sure way to keep warm and happy on a cold day. Beyond the traditional Irish coffee, we recommend these simple, warm cocktails based on things you may have in your bar or liquor cabinet.

Mexican Coffee

  • 1 oz coffee liquer
  • ½ oz gold tequila
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 8 oz coffee
  • Whipped cream

Add coffee liqueur and tequila to your hot coffee, then top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Spiked Hot Cocoa

  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 8 oz hot chocolate

Add orange zest, salt, cinnamon, Grand Marnier to a mug of hot chocolate. Stir well.


Bourbon Hot Toddy

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 3 tbsp bourbon 
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Add hot water to a mug and stir in honey until dissolved. Add bourbon, lemon peel, stir with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.

Mexican Coffee

  • 1 oz coffee liquer
  • ½ oz gold tequila
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 8 oz coffee
  • Whipped cream

Add coffee liqueur and tequila to your hot coffee, then top with whipped cream and cinnamon.

Bourbon Hot Toddy

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 3 tbsp bourbon 
  • 1 strip lemon peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Add hot water to a mug and stir in honey until dissolved. Add bourbon, lemon peel, stir with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.

Spiked Hot Cocoa

  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 8 oz hot chocolate

Add orange zest, salt, cinnamon, Grand Marnier to a mug of hot chocolate. Stir well.