Cooler weather means warmer drinks! Here are Domestic CEO's tips for creating a hot beverage station in your home.
As the weather turns cooler, I love to savor a warm cup of something delicious – hot chocolate, warm apple cider, a steaming cup of tea. I’m not the only person in my home who loves the warmth of a hot cuppa, so to make it easier on everyone, I created a hot beverage station. I’m moving out the lemonade and iced tea mixes, and bringing in everything that will help make the best hot beverages around!
Here are some easy steps to help create your own at-home hot beverage station:
Assemble Your Ingredients
Your list of must-haves will be different from my list, so figure out which hot drinks will be the stars in your home.
Our go-to beverages are hot chocolate, herbal teas, and, occasionally, some warm apple cider. Each of these, in addition to our regular morning staple – hot coffee - come with their own “accessories." So gather up the little extras that will take these comfort drinks to the next level.
Here are a few ideas for stocking your station - but feel free to embellish to your taste:
- Hot chocolate mix
- Spiced cider mix
- Tea bags or loose tea
- Coffee grounds
- Cinnamon and/or nutmeg in small shaker containers
- Cinnamon sticks
- Flavoring syrups like caramel, vanilla, peppermint (or whatever you like)
- Flavored powdered creamers
- Small candy canes (to use as stirrers)
- Chocolate shavings
Gather the Accessories
Next, gather the kitchen items needed to assemble your drinks. You’ll need mugs, spoons, a tea ball or strainer (if using loose tea), cute cocktail napkins, and maybe even a French press. If you are going to display your station out in the open (as discussed below), you will also need some of the items mentioned in the next section, like canning jars and containers.
Choose a Spot
Finally, decide where you will locate your beverage station.
If you want it visible, choose a corner on your kitchen counter. Using a 3-tiered server is an adorable way to display all the items, which you can store in cute canning jars, containers, and decorative boxes. Make this station something eye-pleasing, rather than just a jumble of stuff.
If clean, clear counters are your style, empty part of a kitchen cabinet and stock it with everything needed for your beverage station. I like a clean counter but don't have cabinet space to spare, so I’ve got all my hot beverage items stowed in a vintage breadbox on my kitchen counter, with mugs in a nearby cabinet.
Creating a hot beverage station will make it easy to prepare and enjoy an after-dinner or late-night treat during the cooler months. Rather than rummaging around in the pantry or kitchen cabinets, you’ll have everything you need in one accessible spot - ready for you and your family to enjoy.
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