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How to Create an Outdoor Hot Drinks Station to Enjoy All Through the Colder Months

Nothing quite compares to the joy of spending quality time outdoors, whether you're relaxing or having a great time with your favorite people. Yet, let's be honest – when you're enjoying the open air, a chill can quickly sap the fun out of things. Fortunately, we have the perfect solution to this dilemma: discover how to create an outdoor hot drinks station and start savoring those cold-weather drinks.


Not only does a dedicated space for making hot drinks outside save you the hassle of going in and out of the house, but it also adds some more charm and convenience to your outdoor hangout spot. So, let's dive in and make your outdoor gatherings even cozier!


Why Create a Hot Drink Station?


Whether it's a soothing cup of herbal tea, a rich hot chocolate topped with marshmallows, or a spiced mulled wine, that first sip of a warm drink can transport you to a place of relaxation and happiness. With your outdoor drinks station, you can bring that warm feeling to everyone visiting your backyard. Set up a hot drink station in your backyard or patio and instantly enhance your outdoor gatherings.



How to Create an Outdoor Hot Drinks Station


Hot drinks bar set up for winter outside


It's a crisp and cool evening. You've got friends and family gathered around and they’re all craving a cup of something warm and delightful. That's where your outdoor hot drinks station comes into play. But what factors must you consider before putting up your outdoor hot drinks station?


Consider the Available Space


When setting up your hot drinks station, the first thing you'll want to do is think about where you'll put it. You wouldn't want your station to be crammed in a tight space, making it difficult for people to gather around. Consider the size of your outdoor area or patio, and make sure there's enough room for your station without it feeling too crowded.


And don't forget about accessibility – it should be easy for your guests to reach, so they don't have to navigate an obstacle course to get their hot cocoa or coffee.


Evaluate the Impact of Weather Conditions


If you're anticipating rainy conditions, you'll need to have some form of shelter or protection to keep your station and guests dry. On the flip side, if you're in for sunny skies, think about ways to provide some shade, like umbrellas or a tent.


And, of course, you'll need to consider how cold weather may impact things. Consider adding an outdoor space heater to keep you and your guests warm.


Plan Proximity to Power Sources


Keeping hot drinks warm will require an electric kettle or similar appliance at your hot drinks station. So, consider where the nearest power sources are and how you can set up your station in a way that allows you to plug in without any hassles. Our Mainstay Bar Credenza is a great choice since it has built-in cord management for plugging in electronics.


Setting Up Your Outdoor Hot Drinks Station


A fun and functional hot drinks station will make every outdoor gathering memorable. In this section, we will walk you through the steps to turn your outdoor space into a hot drinks haven.


Select a Theme and Style That Matches Your Outdoor Space


When setting up an outdoor hot drinks station, think about the overall aesthetic of your outdoor area. Is it a rustic, country-style garden or a modern, sleek patio?


Choosing a theme and style that complements your outdoor space will create a harmonious and visually pleasing environment. If your outdoor area is surrounded by greenery, go for earthy and natural tones. If you've got a contemporary urban setup, clean lines, and neutral colors may be more your vibe.


Arrange Your Drinks, Mugs, and Accessories


Lay out your station with convenience in mind. Arrange your drinks, mugs, and accessories in a way that's easy for your guests to help themselves, and remember that practicality and aesthetics can coexist. Use pretty containers for your coffee and tea supplies, and you'll have a functional station that's also a visual delight.


If you want more sophisticated and stylish storage, you can opt for a Mainstay Bar Credenza or a storage coffee table. Both have ample space to store your mugs or other hot drink ingredients.


Hot Drinks Station Recipe Ideas


Once you know how to create an outdoor hot drinks station, we can finally get to the good stuff - the warm, comforting beverages that'll keep you and your guests toasty while you enjoy the great outdoors. Check out these fun ideas.


1. Classic Hot Chocolate


Hot chocolate in a mug with mini marshmallows


You can't go wrong with this timeless favorite. All you need is some high-quality cocoa powder, milk, a touch of sugar, and maybe a few marshmallows or whipped cream for that extra indulgence. You can even spice it up with a pinch of cinnamon or a splash of flavored syrup.


2. Mulled Wine


Mulled wine in a clear glass with cinnamon and fruit


If you're hosting an adult-oriented gathering, mulled Wine is a fantastic choice. Just simmer red Wine with some orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and some sugar. It's like a warm hug in a mug.


3. Spiced Apple Cider


Spiced apple cider in a clear glass with piece of apple, cloves, and cinnamon


Perfect for all ages. Heat apple cider and add a mix of spices - think cinnamon, cloves, and a hint of nutmeg. This will fill your outdoor space with the warm aroma of fall.


4. Chai Latte


Chai tea latte in a clear glass mug with cinnamon and cloves


Create your chai latte by infusing black tea with a medley of aromatic spices (cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves) and then adding frothy milk. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar.


5. Peppermint Mocha


Peppermint mocha drink with whipped cream


A delightful twist on your regular coffee. Brew a strong cup of coffee, stir in some cocoa powder with a hint of peppermint extract, and finish it with a dollop of whipped cream and crushed candy canes.


6. Hot Toddy


Hot toddy in a clear glass mug with lemon


For those chilly evenings, a hot toddy can warm you. Mix whiskey or rum with honey, lemon juice, and hot water. Include a cinnamon stick to add a touch of extra charm.


7. Herbal Teas


Mug with herbal tea


Remember the non-caffeinated options. Set out an array of herbal teas like chamomile, peppermint, or hibiscus. They're perfect for those who prefer a soothing, caffeine-free warm drink.


8. Hot Apple Toddy


Hot apple toddy in a clear glass


Take your hot cider to the next level by adding a splash of rum and a cinnamon stick. It's like a warm apple pie in a cup.



Remember, part of the fun of an outdoor hot drinks station is the customization. You can set out all the ingredients for these drinks and let your guests mix and match them to create unique concoctions. Remember to include a variety of toppings and mix-ins like whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and different syrups; it will surely be a gathering that everyone will remember.


Turning Your Backyard into a Beverage Haven


So, go ahead, gather your supplies, find a cozy corner of your backyard, and get to work. With some effort and creativity, you'll have your little haven for hot drinks, and it's sure to become a cherished part of your home.


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