A lot of people don’t realise just how much a hygge approach to all things culinary can enhance their comfort, but what you eat and drink can actually have a major impact on how you feel. For instance, most of us have felt that distinct sense of warm nostalgia that comes from drinking a hot cup of tea or cocoa after enduring a cold winter day. If not, perhaps you can relate to the comforting feeling that comes from eating warm chicken soup when you have a cold.
These familiar, nostalgic feelings are all very hygge-like and they can be cultivated and enhanced with the right recipes and approach. So, if you’d like to enhance the feel-good vibes of your next dinner party, or you’d simply like to treat yourself to a particularly comforting meal, take a gander at some of these delicious hygge food and drink ideas and recipes.
5 Hygge Hot Drinks That Will Become Your New Faves
Whether you’re making drinks or preparing a meal, temperature is critical to cultivating the feeling that you’re after. Hot beverages, in particular, are a staple of a hygge culinary experience. Additionally, the details you add to those drinks can significantly impact how you feel drinking them.
For instance, a hot cup of cocoa alone is very hygge-like. But if you take care to add a few more details, like marshmallows and whipped cream, then that feeling of comfort and nostalgia is brought to the next level.
Or, if you’re a tea drinker, you might consider drinking out of an oversized mug that you can wrap and warm your hands around while adding flavourful accents like milk and honey for an immersive experience that stimulates all of your senses.
Ginger Beetroot Latte
Pink drinks always make us happy, but this one’s extra special. It’s coloured naturally, with beet powder, then flavoured with ginger to create a unique herbal beverage that will soothe your soul.
Health benefits range from enhancing exercise performance, to reducing inflammation and improving blood flow. Get the full Ginger Beetroot Latte recipe here.
Himalayan Salt Butter Tea
Also called Po Cha, this tea enriched with butter, salt, and milk for a creamy drink that will brace you against the cold of winter.
The tea traditionally doesn’t call for any sugar, but this recipe adds some for a ‘sweet and salty, caramel-like finish’ – sounds like all the right components for the perfect hygge drink! Get the full Himalayan Salt Butter Tea recipe here.
Slow Cooker Gingerbread Latte
The perfect holiday drink. Stay cosy inside while this gingerbread latte simmers away in the slow cooker, then spend the rest of the day giving yourself unlimited refills.
In fact, the recipe we share suggests you should ‘stay in your fluffy robe and curl up on your couch and continue the Netflix marathon you already started’. Well, okay then! Get the full Gingerbread Latte recipe here.
Salted Peanut Butter Cookie Latte
Cookies and biscuits are always better when they’re dunked into a warm drink. This latte will give you the best of both worlds, making a drink that tastes like the cookie itself. Be warned, you’re going to want more than one cup of this.
The lattes are made with simple (just three ingredients!) flourless peanut butter cookies, sea salt, espresso and steamed milk. Get the full Salted Peanut Butter Cookie Latte recipe here.
Vegan Chai Latte
Creamy, spicy and sweetened with a generous amount of maple syrup, this cold-weather beverage is just what we want to sip when the wind is howling outside and you have no choice but to binge on a new TV series.
It’s dairy-free and uses freshly brewed black tea and real spices to boost the flavour of this drink. Drink it piping hot and pair it with a healthy cookie or muffin – it’s super yummy and guilt-free. Get the full Vegan Chai Latte recipe here.
5 Tasty Alcoholic Drinks, Perfect For Winter Evenings
From social engagements to unwinding after a stressful day to warming up during the winter, cocktails can bring immense comfort to the spirit, which makes them a stellar option for creating a hygge feeling. And like the aforementioned hot drinks, the crux of a hygge cocktail is really in the details.
Don’t just throw some liquor into a glass and call it a day. Instead, pay mind to the mix of aromas and tastes, and give attention to details like the glass you’re drinking from and any drink-decor that might make it a little more special.
This traditional homemade mulled wine recipe is incredibly easy to make, and it’s SO cosy and delicious. Also known as glühwein, vino caliente, glögg, vin brulé, bisschopswijn, vin chaud, candola, vinho quente – and many others, this drink is the perfect compliment to a night in.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can pop everything in a pot before work, refrigerate, and warm it up when you return home ready for a cosy, hygge evening. Get the full Mulled Wine recipe here.
Gin & Tonic – Winter Special
The Winter Gin & Tonic is a twist on the classic G&T. A dash of elderflower liqueur, sloe gin & Campari team up with gin & tonic to create a drink with a pretty blush and a hint of fruit. Get the full Gin & Tonic Winter Special recipe here.
Winter Spiced Old Fashioned
Old Fashioned is originally made by muddling little sugar with bitters and then adding whiskey and lemon rind. It’s considered by many to man an “old man” drink – and it does date back to 1880 – but by adding spices and citrus, this drink is very tasty and so easy to make. Get the full Winter Spiced Old Fashioned recipe here.
Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is a sweet, warm and spicy drink that is the perfect drink to have after you’ve come in from the cold. This recipe packs a rum punch, but balances it with dark brown sugar and fluffy whipped cream. Get the full Hot Buttered Rum recipe here.
Bourbon Milk Punch
It’s like a glass of milk before bed… but for adults. This recipe is rich, sweet and super tasty and works well as an after dinner dessert too. Some have said it’s the most difficult cocktail recipe ever, but we think it’s a real treat for any special occasion. If you try it, let us know how you get on! Get the full Bourbon Milk Punch recipe here.
7 Delicious Foods That Scream Hygge
Now that your drinks are covered, it’s time to talk about how to enhance your meals with the hygge philosophy.
A hygge meal is one that makes you feel comfortable, nostalgic, or otherwise cosy and content. And it’s not just about the food; it’s about the experience as well. Finding a hygge culinary experience is all about taking your time and providing ample opportunities for warm-hearted discussion over a hot meal, as well as tapping into nostalgic tastes and scents—like your mother’s home cooking.
Of course, just like anything else, what one person finds familiar and tasty another might strongly dislike, so it’s important to pay mind to your personal tastes over anything else.
Breakfast: Norwegian Boller
To a Norwegian, there are few thing better than freshly baked bread. Butter up one of these hot Norsk bollers straight out of the oven, add some tart cranberry and bring on the warm feels. Get the full Norwegian Boller recipe here.
Breakfast: Peaches and Cream Ebleskivers
Start your morning the right way with some light and fluffy ebelskiver — a cross between a pancake and a popover. Apples would be more traditional than peaches, but you can change this to suit your taste. Dont forget to include a dollop of whipped cream. Get the full Ebleskivers recipe here.
Lunch: Smorrebrod With Egg, Avocado and Radish
Smørrebrød, loosely translated as “things on toast.” Top yours with salmon, cucumber, dill or whatever tidbits of food you can find in the fridge, and combine to get to your tastes spot on. Pair it with some Danish split pea soup (next) if you fancy something warming. Get the full Smorrebrod recipe here.
Lunch: Danish Split Pea Soup
Whether you’re already a fan of pea soup, or you’ve never fancied it, prepare to be blown away by this tasty vegan version. The added brightness of dill and richness of crispy onions will make it your go-to soup this winter. Get the full Split Pea Soup recipe here.
Dinner: Danish Roasted Pork
The Danish version of roast pork, ‘Flæskesteg’ is considered to be one of Denmark’s national dishes. The pork is prepared with crackling, achieved by pouring boiling water over the joint and drying the skin with a kitchen towel. Get the full Roasted Port recipe here.
Dinner: Seriously Amazing Swedish Meatballs in Brown Gravy
These home meatballs are simmered in a creamy brown gravy that’s so ridiculously yummy you’ll wanna slurp it through a straw. Comfort food in the truest sense of the word, these seriously tasty meatballs are so easy to make but full of flavour. Get the full Swedish Meatballs recipe here.
Dessert: Rosette Cookies