7 Easy (and Necessary) Coffee Drinks for Winter Afternoon Pick-Me-Ups!

There is something about a little coffee drink on a winter afternoon that just always works. I am not a big coffee drinker, but I am slowly introducing myself to afternoon lattes and I am finding they really hit the spot around 3pm. I would much rather have one of those than a can of icky diet soda. As I enter this world of coffee drinks I am pleased to find there are several interesting and delicious options for things I can make at home in the afternoon. I find these all to give me just the right amount of energy to get me through the rest of the day without being overstimulating. Maybe this summer I’ll get back to drinking a simple glass of homemade iced tea in the afternoon, but while the temperature is hovering near freezing and the sky is dark by 4pm I’ll happily drink one of these!


  • Coconut Cardamom Spiced Latte 1 of 8
    This delicious dairy-free latte is perfect for the afternoon and contains a delicious assortment of warm winter spices!
    Make coconut cardamom spiced latte Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Cheater Mocha 2 of 8
    A little chocolate never hurts mid-afternoon, right? Add it to your coffee for a little mocha pick me up - no fancy equipment needed!
    Make poor man's mocha Photo: Shaina Olmanson
  • Coconut Vanilla Dairy-Free Latte 3 of 8
    Even vegans can enjoy this decadent wintertime treat! Made with coconut and cream, this flavorful cup is sure to get you through a long day at work or a chilly winter afternoon.
    Make vanilla coconut cream dairy-free latte Photo: Kathy Patalsky
  • Caramel Macchiato 4 of 8
    This delicious caramel macchiato is the perfect treat for any winter afternoon. The drizzle of caramel is an extra nice touch - it is just the right amount of sweet with your coffee!
    Make a caramel macchiato Photo: Angie McGowan
  • latte 5 of 8
    This fantastic pasta dish is the best of both worlds - the sauce is mixed with roasted eggplant and tossed with pasta to taste exactly like delicious, classic eggplant parmesan!
    Make eggplant parmesan pasta Photo: Shaina Olmanson
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte 6 of 8
    Warm pumpkin spiced drinks are relevant all year round! Enjoy the warm cinnamony sips of this pumpkin spice latte in late January and you'll get an instant smile on your face.
    Make a pumpkin spice latte Photo: Julie VR
  • Peppermint Latte 7 of 8
    Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean you still can't enjoy the taste of peppermint. This cheery latte is the perfect pick me up for winter, complete with the peppy kick of peppermint!
    Make a peppermint latte Photo: Angie McGowan
  • Perfect Iced Coffee 8 of 8
    Just in case you live somewhere warm or do not like hot coffee here is the best way to make iced coffee at home. I know this is what I'll be making in July in the Northeast!
    Make the perfect iced coffee

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