How To Make A Spiced Winter Drink - Chef Cynthia Louise
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A Splendid Spiced Winter Drink That Feels Like Cuddles From The Inside Out

Whenever I think of winter, a family gathering on weekends come to mind, followed by the smell of food coming from the kitchen together with the fragrance of homemade cookies, as the room is filled with laughter and joy… While outside, it’s cold but peaceful and the only thing you want to do is just wrap yourself up in a blanket, with a cup of warm, spiced winter drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

Living in Bali, we don’t see much of it here. Back at home in Australia, winters can be freezing cold and I have lots of special memories about it. Winter is almost over, at least in some parts of the world, but it’s never too late to have a cup of cuddles from the inside out and I have just the right recipe for a spiced winter drink to bring back these lovely memories. One of my friends came up with the right name for this drink – “Apple Pie In A Cup” – because of its cinnamon fragrance and nutmeg-clove combo that makes you salivate.

A creamy, decadent Vegan drink

Phenomenal ingredients. Plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free. All-natural and bursting with goodness and flavours. Subtle, lovely, cuddly, INCREDIBLE. That’s how I would describe this winter drink. And this one ingredient makes it glorious. What is it, you ask? Coconut milk is the base for this drink. I love coconut milk because of its flavour, but if you are not a fan of coconut, use any nut milk of your choice. You can even make your own nut milk at home if it’s your gig. But what actually gives this drink its enchanting fragrance is a combo of these amazing spices – cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, and a lot, and I mean a LOT of cinnamon. The fusion of these spices will warm and cuddle your soul. 

Making this drink will only take you 5 minutes, that quick! Throw in all the ingredients to your blender and press PLAY. It will get frothy – don’t freak out as that’s how it’s supposed to be. When you are ready to relax with this drink in hand, warm up the drink on low heat to allow the spices to come to life and enrich your apple pie in a cup. Keep a close eye on the milk and stir it often to prevent it from sticking to the pot and burning; otherwise, it will ruin the flavours.

 And now it’s time to enjoy your winter spiced drink in all its glory. So without wasting any time, check out the video or the recipe below.

Vegan Spiced Drink

Spiced Winter Drink Recipe!



  • 6 Dried Dates, seeds removed
  • A pinch of Clove Powder
  • Seeds from 2 Cardamom Pods
  • A pinch of Nutmeg

  • Cinnamon Powder, as much as you like
  • A pinch of Salt
  • 2 cups Coconut Milk (or any milk of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp #JOY


Add all the ingredients to your blender.

Transfer the mixture to a pot on low heat. If you don’t want your drink to have chunks of dates, sieve it before pouring it into a pot.

Let the drink warm up while stirring it continuously to avoid burning.

Transfer the mixture to a pot on low heat. If you don’t want your drink to have chunks of dates, sieve it before pouring it into a pot.

Taste and add a sweetener of your choice (if needed).

Pour into cups, dust with cinnamon and enjoy!


Serves: 2
Prep time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 2 mins
Freezer-friendly: No



How did your Spiced Winter Drink go? I would love to hear about it so head on to my YouTube channel or blog and let me know in the comments.


With love from my kitchen to yours,

Chef Cynthia Louise xx

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About the Author

Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.

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