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A hot bowl of champurrado as served at a Mexican breakfast

This list of hot beverages comprises beverages that are typically served hot. Beverages are liquids specifically prepared for human consumption. In addition to basic needs, beverages form part of the culture of human society. Although all beverages, including juice, soft drinks, and carbonated drinks, have some form of water in them, water itself is often not classified as a beverage, and the word beverage has been recurrently defined as not referring to water.


  • Aleberry - Made by boiling ale with spice (such as nutmeg), sugar and bread-sops, the last commonly toasted. It is sweetened, strained, and drank hot.
  • Anijsmelk - A Dutch drink, consisting of hot milk flavoured with anise seed and sweetened with sugar
  • Apple cider - A popular fall (autumn) and winter beverage
    • Wassail - a hot mulled cider traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, an ancient southern English drinking ritual intended to ensure a good cider apple harvest the following year
  • Atole - A traditional masa-based hot corn based beverage of Mexican and Central American origin, where it is known as atoll
    • Champurrado – a chocolate-based atole
  • Bajigur - A hot and sweet beverage native to the Sundanese people of West Java, Indonesia. The main ingredients are coconut milk and Aren palm sugar; usually to add taste, a small amount of ginger and a small pinch of salt.
  • Bandrek - A traditional hot, sweet and spicy beverage native to Sundanese people of West Java, Indonesia. It's a mixture of jahe (ginger) essence, gula merah (palm sugar) and kayu manis (cinnamon).
  • Blackberry demitasse - A cocktail made from blackberry brandy or liqueur, blackberry jelly, cognac, water and lemon juice. It is served hot in a demitasse with a slice of lemon.
  • Blue Blazer - A flaming cocktail made from Scotch or Irish Whiskey, honey, boiling water and lemon peel. It is served steaming hot for slow sipping.
  • Bouillon - Includes clam, tomato, oyster, chicken, asparagus bouillon and others, served at soda fountains in the United States in the early 1900s. Food extracts such as beef extract were also used to prepare beef-flavoured drinks add flavouring to other drinks at U.S. soda fountains during this time. The beef variety was sometimes referred to as "beef tea". Olives were often used in these bouillon drinks and those that were salty.
    • Consommé – A concentrated and clarified form of bouillon
  • Butter tea - Also known as po cha, a drink of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Buddhist minorities in India, made from tea leaves, yak butter, water, and salt. Drinking butter tea is a regular part of Tibetan life. Before work, a Tibetan will typically enjoy several bowlfuls of this beverage, and it is always served to guests. Nomads are said to often drink up to 40 cups of it a day. Since butter is the main ingredient, the drink provides plenty of caloric energy and is particularly suited to high altitudes. The butter may also help prevent chapped lips.
  • Caudle - A British thickened and sweetened alcoholic hot drink, somewhat like eggnog. It was popular in the Middle Ages for its supposed medicinal properties.
  • Coffee - There are several accounts of the historical origin of coffee.
  • Espresso - Coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Angelo Moriondo’s Italian patent for a steam-driven "instantaneous" coffee beverage making device, which was registered in Turin in 1884 (No. 33/256), is notable. Author Ian Bersten, whose history of coffee brewers is cited below, claims to have been the first to discover Moriondo’s patent. Bersten describes the device as "… almost certainly the first Italian bar machine that controlled the supply of steam and water separately through the coffee" and Moriondo as "... certainly one of the earliest discoverers of the expresso [sic] machine, if not the earliest." Types of espresso drinks include:
    • Bicerin
    • Caffè crema
    • Cuban espresso
    • Espressino
    • Lungo
    • Marocchino
    • Mocaccino – also called caffè mocha
  • Greyana rakiya - Boiled rakiya; a winter alcoholic beverage in Bulgarian cuisine prepared with grape or plum brandy and honey
  • Grog - Refers to a variety of alcoholic beverages. Modern versions are often made with hot or boiling water, and sometimes include lemon juice, lime juice, cinnamon or sugar to improve the taste. Rum with water, sugar, and nutmeg was known as bumbo and was more popular with pirates and merchantmen.
  • Herbal tea - Any beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, and usually does not contain caffeine. These drinks are distinguished from true teas that are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
  • Hot buttered rum - A mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, a sweetener, and various spices, usually cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves
  • Hot chocolate - Also known as hot cocoa, it typically consists of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar. Hot egg chocolate is a type of hot chocolate.
  • Hot egg drinks - Phosphate soda and beverages were made with fruit flavourings, egg, malt, or wine. They became popular among men in the 1870s in the United States, and in the 1900s, the beverages became popular with both genders. Fruit-flavoured phosphate sodas were served at soda fountains, before losing popularity to ice cream beverages in the 1930s.
    • Hot egg phosphate
    • Egg nog
  • Hot ginger cordial - Served at U.S. soda fountains in the early 1900s
  • Hot lemonade - Claret lemonade is a type of hot lemonade
  • Hot toddy - A mixed drink made of liquor and water with sugar and spices and served hot.
  • Irish coffee - A cocktail consisting of hot coffee, sugar and Irish whiskey, topped with thick cream
  • Malted milk - A powdered gruel made from a mixture of malted barley, wheat flour, and whole milk, which is evaporated until it forms a powder. Brands of malted milk include:
    • Horlicks – the name of a malted milk hot drink and company. In 1883, U.S. patent 278,967 was granted to William Horlick for the first malted milk drink mixing powder prepared with hot water
    • Milo – a chocolate and malt powder which is mixed with hot or cold water or milk to produce a beverage popular in many parts of the world
    • Ovaltine – a brand of milk flavouring product usually made with malt extract. It was developed in Berne, Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for "egg," and malt, which were originally its main ingredients).
  • Mate cocido - An infusion typical of Southern Cone cuisine (mostly consumed in Southern Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay). It is traditionally prepared by boiling yerba mate in water, then strained and served in cups.
  • Mulled wine - Usually made with red wine along with various mulling spices and raisins. Wine was first recorded as spiced and heated in 1st century Rome.
    • Greyano Vino – a winter alcoholic beverage in Bulgarian cuisine
  • Posset - A British hot drink of milk curdled with wine or ale, often spiced, which was popular from medieval times to the 19th century. It was typically prepared with milk that was heated to a boil, and then mixed with wine or ale, which curdled it, and the mixture was usually spiced.
  • Postum - A roasted grain beverage that was popular as a coffee substitute during World War II.
  • Rüdesheimer Kaffee - An alcoholic coffee drink from Rüdesheim am Rhein in Germany invented in 1957 by the German television chef, Hans Karl Adam (de).
  • Sake - A traditional Japanese beverage which is produced from fermented rice and may be served hot
  • Salep - A Turkish beverage made of tubers of some Orchid species. Also known as sahlep. Served with cinnamon and sometimes mahlep.
  • Sassafras tea - Tastes much like root beer but was traditionally drunk hot or cold in the southern United States.
  • Smoking Bishop - A type of mulled wine punch or wassail that was especially popular in Victorian England at Christmas time
  • Soda - Historically, hot sodas were served at soda fountains
  • Spiced punch - Spiced punch served hot
  • Tea - The exact inventor of tea is unknown, but Chinese legends attribute the invention of tea to Shennong in 2737 BC.
    • Chai/ tea – a heavily-spiced tea originating from India
    • Green tea – made from the leaves from Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It originated in China, but has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia.
    • Teh talua – a tea beverage from West Sumatra that uses egg yolk in its preparation
  • Wedang Jahe - An Indonesian ginger tea

There are many hot beverages that originated from India that has gained popularity in many countries. For example, Chai (also known as Masala Chai), Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become very popular throughout the world.

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