Our 5 favourite winter warming drinks to enjoy around the campfire

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We know from our experience that many fun memories are created around the campfire on cold winter nights. Our communal fire pit brings families and travellers together, warming up to share stories after a day out exploring. These evenings are made even better while sipping a special warming brew.

Along with our 6 winter warming camping recipes, we’ve shared five of our favourite winter warming drinks below to enjoy with friends, family and fellow travellers.

All recipes make 2 cups of yummy brew. The milk-based recipes work just as well with different milk types – almond, oat or soy milk – if you prefer dairy free.

1. Hot chocolate with a sprinkle of chilli

If you like your hot chocolate and you don’t mind a bit of spice, then this variation is a warming one for those chilly nights.

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 long red chilli cut into four parts
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

Place all ingredients into a saucepan on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, take care not to bring to the boil. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse, warm slowly again and then pour into cups through a sieve to remove solids.

Hot and spicy hot chilli chocolate for chilly nights – perfectly yum!

2. Chocolate and peanut butter hot drink

Young and old love this one. If you like peanut butter, you’ll be surprised at how easy this is to make and how chocolate and peanut butter in a hot drink go oh so well together!

  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ to 1 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoon brown sugar

Add milk and cream to a small saucepan and heat through over medium heat. Add cocoa, sugar and stir until it melts. Finally add the peanut butter whisking with a fork to stir through evenly.

Pour straight into cups and if you’re a peanut butter lover, you’ll be in peanut butter heaven!

3. Hot spicy apple cider

Apple cider is refreshing on hot summer days, and in this recipe, absolutely delicious on cold winter nights.

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for a further 10 minutes and then strain through a sieve directly into cups to remove cinnamon sticks and cloves.

For adults, you can add some butterscotch or caramel schnapps for an alcoholic twist.

4. Ginger lemon honey tea

This lovely drink is not only warming but also a nice one to settle down sensitive tummies.

  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cms piece ginger coarsely grated
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Place ginger and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil, allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add lemon juice and honey and strain into cups. You can also leave the ginger in the tea if you don’t mind the taste.

For an alcoholic version, add a nip of whisky which goes down very well!

5. Spicy chai

A good chai tea with plenty of spices will warm you up from the inside and help digestion along too.

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 teaspoons loose leaf black tea
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • Pinch black pepper

Add water along with all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat on a medium flame. Then simmer for 20 minutes so that the ingredients infuse well. Add the milk and sugar and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes. Stir well and pour into cups.

You can pre-make the spice mix at home and put in a jar so that you’re not bringing along all the ingredients. Then just use what you need.

If you like your spices, you’ll love chai recipe.

And last but not least, Mulled Wine!

Life is a treat with a mulled wine around the campfire, and for a recipe we love, click here.

Get cosy and warm this winter at Kingston Foreshore Caravan Park

We’re open and taking bookings and its business as usual for both essential and non-essential travel. The June and October long weekends along with school holidays have started filling already. Please book online here or call us on 08 8767 2050 if you want to secure a place in one of our one or two bedroom cabins or powered/unpowered sites.

We hope to see you around the fire pit enjoying one of our winter warming drinks this winter!


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