Yes, I do realise that it is summer at Christmas in New Zealand. But, I still drank a hot coffee every day when I was in Fiji. El Niño aside, a hot drink in the morning is a must for me and I do like to drink my dessert at night. Also, I am from the South Island of New Zealand where it can be 30 degrees C one minute and 12 degrees the next, so we have to cover our bases.

Here are three recipes I found online for festive hot drinks that look amazing.


Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon and Orange Liqueur

one huge or two smaller cups. If you don’t want to use cointreau but
still want the taste of orange, use orange chocolate or add a piece of
orange peel together with the cinnamon stick.

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp water
50 g dark chocolate (70%)
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup milk
1-2 tbsp cointreau (orange liqueur)

3 tbsp heavy cream, whipped
Cocoa powder, to dust
grated dark chocolate

water, chocolate and cinnamon in a saucepan and heat until chocolate
has melted. Add milk and bring to a boil. Add cointreau if desired.
Serve hot chocolate with whipped cream, cocoa powder, grated chocolate and a cinnamon stick.

Source: Call Me Cupcake


Hot Toddy


  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons clementine juice (or lemon juice)
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star ansie


Add the bourbon, honey, and clementine juice to a mug. Add a tiny pinch of cloves. Pour over the boiling water and stir to combine using the cinnamon stick. Add the star ansie. Let sit 5 minutes. Drink!

Source: Half Baked Harvest


Homemade Gingerbread Latte

  • 1/2 cup espresso coffee
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup or molasses (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • whipped cream to decorate


Gently warm the coffee, milk, golden syrup or molasses and spices in a small saucepan. Pour into serving glasses and top with whipped cream.

Source: Not Quite Nigella 

Merry Christmas xx

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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