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The big day is getting closer! And with colder weather on the way, you need some ideas to keep warm while celebrating the holiday season.
Add some new ideas to those Winter Warmers with steamers, ciders, and cocoas.
Get into the spirit of things by hitting play on this Cozy Christmas Jazz Spotify playlist and read on to learn more about these fun hot beverages for the family.
We've even included a few recipes for you to try!


Milk steamers are a light and tasty way to keep warm. Made with steamed milk and syrups for flavoring, steamers are easy and only limited by your imagination.

Salted Caramel Toffee Steamer

Sweet and salty, this steamer is sure to satisfy all the cravings.


1 ounce Monin Sea Salt Toffee Coffee Sauce 
1/2 ounce Monin Toffee Nut Coffee Syrup 
Steamed milk
Whipped cream
Toffee candy, garnish


Combine the sauce and syrup in a large mug and stir. Steam the milk and pour it into the cup, stirring gently. Top with whipped cream and garnish with crushed toffee candy bar.

Cinnamon Bun Steamer

Who doesn't love the spicy sweetness of a warm and gooey cinnamon bun right from the oven? This steamer is as tasty without all the work.


1.5 ounces Monin Cinnamon Bun Syrup
Steamed milk
Whipped cream
Cinnamon powder, garnish
Cinnamon stick, garnish


Add syrup to an 8-ounce mug. Steam the milk and pour it into the cup, stirring gently. Add a cinnamon stick to the mug, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle cinnamon on top.

Spiced Caramel Apple Steamer

This warming drink combines a milk steamer with an apple cider. Yes, please!


1 ounce Monin Caramel Sauce 
1/2 ounce Monin Cinnamon Syrup 
6 ounces steamed milk
3 ounces apple juice
Cinnamon powder, garnish


Combine sauce, syrup, and apple juice in a large mug and stir. Steam milk and add to cup, stirring gently. Garnish with a swirl of caramel sauce and a dash of cinnamon.

How to Steam Milk at Home

  1. Add your desired amount of milk to a microwave-safe container. Heat for 20-30 seconds and check the temperature. Keep heating in 10-second intervals until the temperature of the milk reaches 150 degrees F. Use a small electric whisk to froth and serve.
  2. Add your desired amount of milk to a small saucepan and heat on the stove over low heat. Watch the milk and stir constantly to keep it from scalding. Once the milk reaches 150 degrees F, remove it from the heat and use a small electric whisk to froth.
  3. Add your desired amount of milk to a mason jar. Leave the lid and ring off and heat in the microwave as instructed in the first method. When the milk reaches 150 degrees F, remove it from the microwave and add the lid and ring. Use a silicon pad so you don't burn your hand and shake the mason jar until the milk has doubled in volume or until it is to your desired frothiness and serve.


"An apple a day keeps the doctor away." While we don't know how true that is, especially when that apple is actually an apple cider drink, we do know how delicious these tart and sweet warmers are.

Percolator Cider

Dust off that old coffee percolator and put it to use as a hot apple cider machine. Be sure to clean it really well to get the coffee out!


2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3 cinnamon sticks, broken
1 gallon apple cider
Cinnamon sticks, garnish
Whole cloves, garnish
Star anise, garnish



Line the filter basket as you would when making coffee. Add the brown sugar, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon sticks to the lined basket. Fill the water reservoir with cider and use the machine as instructed. Serve in your favorite mugs garnished with your choice of cinnamon stick, cloves, and anise.

Slow Mulled Cider

Prepare this mulled cider in your slow cooker and forget it if you can.


1 gallon apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
1 medium orange
1 piece fresh ginger, 1.5 inches
5 cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
4 star anise, optional
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, optional
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice, optional
Orange slices, garnish
Cinnamon sticks, garnish


In a 5-quart slow cooker, pour in the cider or juice. Cut the orange and the ginger into 1/4 inch thick slices and add to the slow cooker. Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves to the slow cooker. If you are adding the optional spices, you can do that now as well. TIP: Add all spices to a muslin spice bag, tie them up in layers of cheesecloth, a coffee filter sachet, or a large tea ball for easy removal. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Skim off any spices floating on the surface or run the cider through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer. You can keep the cider in the slow cooker on the warm setting or transfer it to an urn or thermal pitcher to keep warm. Serve in mugs and garnish as desired.


This one might not be strictly a cider, it is made with cider and is sure to keep you warm. You can even sing the carol while preparing it!


1 quarts apple cider
1.5 cups orange juice
3/4 cups pineapple juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
Dash ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves


To a large saucepan, add all the ingredients and stir gently to combine. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard. Serve while still hot. If you have a wassail bowl (or a covered soup tureen) this would be a lovely way to present your wassail. Float a clove spiked lemon or some thick slices of lemon and orange along with a couple of star anise.


Take some time for yourself with a hot cup of cocoa by a roaring fire next to the twinkling tree. Add some homemade marshmallows for good measure.

Ski Lodge Cocoa

Who needs a ski lodge? We'll just take the cocoa if you please.


1 ounce Monin Toasted Marshmallow Syrup 
Hot cocoa
Whipped cream, garnish
Graham cracker crumbs, garnish
Mini marshmallows, garnish


Warm your mug with hot water while preparing the hot cocoa. Discard the water and add the syrup and hot cocoa in order. Stir gently. Add garnishes and serve.

Very Minty Cocoa

Warming and cooling all in one. Try this cocoa when wrapping gifts to keep yourself going.


1 ounce Monin Frosted Mint Syrup 
Hot cocoa
Crushed peppermint candies, garnish
Whipped cream, garnish


Warm your mug with hot water while preparing the hot cocoa. Discard the water and add the syrup and hot cocoa in order. Stir gently. Garnish and serve.

Cookie Butter White Cocoa

This cocoa is half steamer. That seems fair.


1 ounce Monin Cookie Butter Syrup 
1 ounce Monin White Chocolate Sauce 
Steamed milk
Cinnamon powder, garnish
Crushed cookies, garnish
Whipped cream, garnish


Add syrup and sauce to mug and stir. Fill with steamed milk and stir gently. Garnish with whipped cream, cinnamon powder, and crushed cookies of your choice (Oreos or gingerbread sound nice).