The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes!

However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories. Here are some of the best drinks for fall that are popular around the world.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Also known as chocolate caliente Mexicano, this delicious sweet treat originates in Mexico, where they make use of traditional spices to flavor melted chocolate. You may think that this is a regular hot chocolate mixture with additional spices, but Mexican hot chocolate is actually made with a specific type of chocolate called ‘tablilla’, which already includes the sugar and spices like cayenne and cinnamon, so all you need to do is melt it with either water or milk. Once the mixture is melted together, you’ll need a special tool called a molinillo, which froths the drink until it’s pleasantly light and airy. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!

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Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a brilliant invention that combines warming spices, lemon, tea, and honey with a bracing slug of whiskey. Although the origin is murky at best, it’s thought to be based on an Indian drink made with toddy palm, but the inclusion of whiskey didn’t happen until the drink made its way to the United Kingdom. Now, it’s a traditional beverage that’s often enjoyed on a cold or rainy day, or when someone feels a cold coming on — the lemon and honey are soothing to a sore throat, the spices like nutmeg and cinnamon are warming to the body, and the alcohol provides a comforting numbing and uplifting sensation.

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Wattleseed is one of the newest Australian superfoods, and has been touted by food writers and chefs throughout the country as a healthy alternative to coffee. This powder is made from seeds of the wattle plant, a native Australian species. It’s got a ton of vitamins, and is rich in protein. Many people buy the powder and sprinkle it into their food, but it definitely deserves to be featured, which is why enterprising baristas came up with the wattlecino. This comforting hot drink is made by stirring wattleseed powder into steamed milk, which is then garnished with cinnamon. The wattlecino has been described as tasting like both chocolate and nuts —a win in our book!

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Weirdest American Holiday Traditions

The holiday season is here and businesses across the United States are going all-out to make sure that their decorations are better than the year before. The majority of Americans get so excited about holidays that it’s easy to forget how many traditions are strangely unique to the American culture. Actually, there are a large number of uniquely American holiday traditions that seem strange to those who didn’t grow up here. Let’s explore some of the weirdest American holiday traditions that are out there today.

Top Neighborhoods to Live in If You Love Christmas

If you can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit every year, it’s probably evident from the outside of your home. Many people put up traditional decorations like twinkling lights, evergreen branches, and even inflatable figures in the form of Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Even though we all love Christmas, some people take it to the extreme by choosing where to live based on the town’s level of Christmas cheer. There are tons of towns scattered around the United States that are known for their extreme decorating style, and over-the-top Christmas events. Here are the best neighborhoods to live in if you love Christmas.

Top 11 U.S. Destinations to Hit the Slopes This Holiday

If your choice is to embrace the season, a skiing or snowboarding vacation is the perfect winter getaway. It may feel intimidating, but you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy it. Most ski resorts offer group or individual lessons, as well as rentals for all the equipment you require — it really couldn’t be easier. There are so many amazing ski slopes and resorts all over the United States. Today, we’re going to check out some of the best options for American winter sporting destinations.