Recreating seasonal hot drinks at home.

I love hot drinks and have at least three cups of tea each day. To some that may seem like loads or to some it may seem like hardly anything at all. A warm drink is like a hug in a cup so when the Autumn/Winter months roll around, the red cups in Starbucks come out to play it can only mean one thing; seasonal drinks time!!

I love a gingerbread latte, the subtle warmth and spiciness makes me feel so cosy. Or a black forest hot chocolate puts me in the wintry mood instantly. In an effort to save money because those £3 coffee shop treats do add up!! I’ve decided to try and recreate these at home for a fraction of the price, you can make them just how you like them, to impress family, friends and guests at home plus you could put it in a funky travel mug for commuting to work or college.

Anyone who knows me knows that I adore TK Maxx/Homesense and they stock SO many gorgeous homeware pieces and such an interesting foodie section. I used to be a little bit sceptical of the food section in a TK Maxx, where was it all from? How long had it been there for?? But then I thought if I thought the same about foods in an actual Supermarket would I actually want to know that answer? Probably not!

They stock so many wonderful teas, coffees and so many syrups too. They have such a huge variety of them as well so you’re literally so spoilt for choice. Most supermarkets and even some coffee shops like Costa stock bottles of syrups you can add to your hot drinks to make them that extra bit more decadent.

I want to share with you a simple, easy way of making barista style drinks from home and you don’t need any fancy machinery. I got ya covered!


So for a super rich hot chocolate I usually measure the milk out in the mug I’m using and warm it in a pan with a split vanilla pod and the seeds scraped out on the hob. Bring it to the boil and then add in 1tsp of cocoa powder and 40g of chopped dark chocolate shards per serving. Stir it all together off the heat and whisk it vigorously til it’s frothy on top. If you wanted to add a syrup you could pop one or two pumps into the bottom of your glass/mug/travel mug/shoe/I do not mind what container you use. Or you could put it straight into the milk before you warm it.

To make this extra decadent you could use equal quantities of cream and milk or if you want it extra chocolatey try using a chocolate milk with the same quantities of chocolate shards, cocoa powder and cream.

To make a white hot chocolate just don’t add the cocoa powder and substitue the chocolate for white chocolate instead. If you’re aiming for mad gainzzzzzz try using a skimmed milk or oat or coconut mylk with a scoop of chocolate/unflavoured/vanilla protein powder and some chocolate and cocoa powder.

If you’re like me and are lowkey obsessed with the black forest hot chocolate, use your normal hot chocolate and add a pump or two of


Ok so this was the one that I was most looking forward to because it is super simple to get a frothy coffee at home. Without any technical thingymibobs and you can totally show off to your guests with your fancy pants coffee. If they want a ultra tricky macchiato with camel milk welllllll you’ve come to the wrong blog but I can teach you a simple way to make a latte.

So not too dissimilar from the hot chocolate, I pour milk into the cup/mug/glass whichever receptacle of choice measuring out how much I’ll need. I usually fill it about 3/4s full. I love a milky coffee.

I boil the kettle and add a teaspoon of coffee granules into a mug. At that point if you want any sugar, syrups, jazzy bits etc now is the time to add that in. Fill the cup about a third full and mix it altogether making sure all the coffee granules have fully dissolved and it’s smooth.

Going back to the milk bit,  you can either warm it up in the microwave first or wait to shake it up first. I actually then put it into a protein shaker or the breville active blender (use some sort of bottle or container with a lid that can also go in the microwave) and shake the milk up for about 30 seconds until its grown frothy and bubbly on top.

If you’ve warmed up your milk first you can then shake it up and pour it into the glass or if you haven’t you can then warm your shaken up milk in the microwave until hot.

Pour the milk straight into the glass and then quickly pour the coffee on top of that. Careful not to knock out any of the lovely froth. If you want to make better coffee art then I do, as you pour the coffee, pour it narrowly down one side of the glass and then filter it off into the middle and it’s supposed to make a heart shape.


If you want to get your hands on some syrups or extras or even find some great places to get some teas/coffee granules/syrups other than supermarkets, tea shops or the OG TK Maxx I’d recommend:

Next Day Coffee

Discount Cream

The Protein Works

Skinny Mixes

Verde Coffee

Cardiff Sport Nutrition

Syrups and Stuff

You can also try Amazon or just using food essences or even more naturally with herbs and spices, I love popping in a cinnamon stick. So yum!


11 thoughts on “Recreating seasonal hot drinks at home.

    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment! That’s literally made me so happy you think so! They’re so easy to do and will help you save so much money in the long run. I sound SO boring saying that haha but I used to spend so much money at Starbucks when I worked in a town centre looking back I was like oh my goddddd I could have bought an expensive coffee machine and ground my own coffee beans for that!? xxx

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      1. You’re welcome Abbie!💖 Literally right? Coffee shops are soo expensive now! I think it’s nice for a treat every now and then but it’s so much more practical and financially beneficial if you make it from home! I also have a big collection of flasks and reusable cups so I’m definitely going to use this! Xx

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      2. So sorry for my slow response to this! I swear I’m either *on it* with Social media and blogging or I’m barely there at all! Oh my god right?! Especially if you just want a cup of tea or a black coffee. It’s like £2-£3, crazy isn’t it?! I bet I sound so stingy! I definitely need to up my reusable cup game. You can get such cool ones now! xx

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  1. What syrup is used in the black forest hot chocolate? I think you missed a line! I love this post – I love Starbucks but it really is too expensive for a coffee so I love finding cheaper ways to make my favourite drinks. Next, PSLs. xx

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    1. Oh my goodness thank you so much for letting me know! I am so bad at proofreading before I click that big old publish button, I use a cherry syrup. Monin do one or I think me or my mum found like a cheaper alternative in Tesco or Lidl. It was only a about £2 or so and lasts for ages. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find it on their website to link it to you but I have seen they do a raspberry one which might give that similar fruity taste. Similarly if you wanted to make it a bit alcoholic you could add in some kirsch or simply stir some cherry jam or the juice from some tinned cherries in. But I shall keep on the lookout for you lovely! xx

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      1. Haha no worries, I did not want to seem rude by pointing out your error but I was honestly curious. I have never tried cherry or raspberry syrup before, I always have vanilla or caramel. Thank you! xx

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