As the cold-weather season creeps up on us, so does the season of steaming hot drinks. Whether it's a frothy cappuccino, a cup of green tea, or a rich hot chocolate that's your cold-weather drink of choice, a warming drink can often brighten up a gloomy autumn day. Though tea, coffee, and hot chocolate — in different shapes and forms — are the most commonly known hot drinks in America, different countries all over the world have their own traditional drinks that are enjoyed warm.
In Costa Rica, something as simple as whole sugar cane dissolved in hot water makes for the classic regional drink agua dulce. Masala chai — a drink that might remind you of the Starbucks chai latte — originates in South Asia, and dates back as far as 5,000 years, when the spiced tea beverage was used as part of the healing tradition of ayurveda alternative medicine. A common drink in America, the citrusy whiskey-spiked Hot Toddy has its origins in the U.K., and it's often enjoyed as a night cap or as a remedy for the common cold.
We at The Daily Meal decided to find out what warming beverages are served in countries all over the world — from Australia to Holland to Indonesia — and have gathered a list of 11 classic and unique regional drinks. So the next time you feel like a steaming cup of something, look through our slideshow of 11 cold-weather drinks from around the world for inspiration.