It’s been a crazy, cold winter for many of us — especially for regions of the country that don’t usually experience below-freezing temperatures. When it’s cold outside and you come in from playing or working in the snow or simply when there’s a chill in the house, a grown-up style hot beverage can sometimes be just the thing to warm you to your bones.

Here are three adult hot beverages with some ideas on how to eco-improve them.

Hot chocolate and (insert your favorite schnapps or liqueur here)

Personally, I enjoy adding a little butterscotch schnapps or Bailey’s Irish Cream1 in my hot chocolate. While I don’t know of any organic versions of either of those, I do know from experience that Dagoba Organic Chocolate mixed with organic milk is a hot chocolate that works very well with a little somethin’ somethin’ added. Top with an organic whipped cream if you wish. What do you like to add to your hot chocolate?

Old-fashioned hot buttered rum

As far as I’ve been able to determine, there is only one organic rum available in the United States. If you’re unable to get your hands on Papagayo organic rum, you can still use organic ingredients for the rest of the drink along with your favorite rum.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 cup organic butter
  • 2 cups organic vanilla ice cream
  • Papagayo organic rum
  • Water
  • Nutmeg

Directions 

  1. Cook sugars and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted (6-8 min).
  2. Combine cooked mixture with ice-cream in a large mixing bowl, and beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often until smooth (1-2 min). If not serving immediately, mixture can be frozen for up to one month.
  3. For each serving, fill one-quarter of a mug with mixture, add one ounce rum and three-quarters of a cup of boiling water. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
recipe adapted from drinksmixer.com

Hot apple cider streudel drink

This can be made without the vodka if you want to make some for yourself and some for the kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz organic vodka like Blue Ice American or Rain
  • 4 to 5 oz organic or local apple cider
  • ground cinnamon
  • powdered sugar
  • 1 organic apple
  • caramel apple dipping sauce
  • ice
Directions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka, cider and a dash of cinnamon. Shake.
  2. Strain into a saucepan or microwave-safe container. Heat until hot but not boiling.
  3. Rim a mug with powdered sugar. Pour cider mixture in.
  4. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon and an apple slice that has been coated with caramel sauce.
recipe adapted from about.com

1 If you really want to boost this drinks organic credibility, you can make your own version of Bailey’s Irish Cream using organic ingredients with this recipe from cupcake project.

2 I don’t know of store brand organic caramel sauce, but I found a recipe for homemade organic caramel sauce on Culinate.

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