Winters are cold in Canada.

I’ll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off of the floor.

Unless you are one of those lucky few that get to live in Vancouver or Victoria, likely to only encounter a week or two with snow and below zero temperatures, you will endure a long, cold and blustery winter. Aside from layering up and riding a snowmobile around in circles for an hour, one of the surest ways to beat the cold in winter is to warm up with a hot beverage like hot chocolate. Stick to one thing long enough though and come May you’ll probably never want to see another cup of hot cocoa for the rest of your life. Well Nestea is here to help with a solution to your boring, dreary winter brews with these three winter recipes*.


NESTEA® Winter Hot Toddy

A delicious twist on the season’s favourite classic.

  • 2 cups of NESTEA® Lemon or Zero Iced Tea
  • 1 ½ teaspoons honey
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole anise stars

OPTIONAL: add 1.5oz Irish whiskey

Add all ingredients to a pot over medium to high heat until slightly boiling. Remove from heat and pour into cups or mugs. Garnish with a lemon zest around a cinnamon stick. Serves two.

NESTEA® Spiced Green Tea

Deliciously cozy with spicy ginger and hot green tea.

  • 1 ½ cups NESTEA® Green Tea Iced Tea
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • A few dashes of bitters
  • 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger (or more to taste)
  • Pinch of brown sugar
  • ½ cup ginger ale

OPTIONAL: add 1.5oz gin

Add all ingredients minus ginger ale to a shaker and shake for 20 seconds. Pour into pot over medium to high heat with ginger ale until slightly boiling. Add more fresh ginger to taste if desired. Remove from heat and pour into cups or mugs, straining off fresh ginger. Garnish with a lime wheel. Serves two.


NESTEA® Oh So Mulled

Warm up those chilly nights with blackcurrant and mulled wine flavours.

  • 1 ½ cups NESTEA® Blackcurrant Iced Tea
  • 1 cup of chopped apple
  • Zest of one orange
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup Minute Maid® apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey (add more to increase sweetness)

OPTIONAL: add 4oz red wine (cabernet sauvignon recommended) and 1oz orange liqueur

Muddle fruit together in a shaker then add remaining ingredients and cinnamon sticks. Shake for 30 seconds, then add to a pot and heat over medium to high heat until slightly boiling. Remove from heat and pour into cups or mugs. Garnish with two apple slices. Serves two.

*Please note that all optional ingredients listed above are intended solely for individuals of legal drinking age in the province or territory where they reside. Please enjoy responsibly.*