With winter comes chilling weather,icy winds and some good warm BBQ soup. It’s a time to put away the ice bucket for the chilled summer drinks, and break out the thermos for holding your favorite cold weather pick me up. This winter season, consider these classic drinks with fun new twists next time you’re in need of a warm drink to take the chill off.
From herbal to Darjeeling, English Breakfast to Lavender Rose, hot tea is a classic cold weather staple any self respecting household should have. Loose leaf tea is by far the best, most efficient way to extract maximum flavor into your cup. But bagged tea will do just fine too.
Typically a black tea, but also available in green, white, or oolong, Darjeeling tea is light, floral, and incredibly easy to drink. It’s grown in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India and it comes in a variety of quality grades depending on the harvest period.
Though technically not tea at all, herbal tea gets the same name because it is steeped in the same way tea leaves are. Herbal tea can include a varying assortment of herbs, spices, and plants. So, the variety of herbal teas available on the market seem endless. Drinking herbal tea can have many health benefits depending on the nature of the ingredients.
A mix of black tea and key spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, and star anise, Chai is an incredibly popular tea drink. A popular way to drink it is by boiling the ingredients down into a concentrate and then mixing it with honey or another sweetener and hot milk.
Another incredibly popular beverage with almost limitless varieties is coffee. Whether you like instant, ground, or freshly roasted, the magical power of caffeine within this hot beverage seems to go hand in hand with sleepy winter days.
A huge coffee fad right now that goes hand in hand with no carb, high fat eating regimens is bulletproof coffee. Mix your coffee with some heavy cream, ghee, and coconut milk and you’ll be well on your way to starting off your crisp fall day with a full tummy.
Probably the opposite of the bulletproof coffee, but just as delicious and then some, is Irish Coffee. This hot cocktail goes nicely in a thermos you can carry around at the next winter fest, or while you’re out enjoying the cold winter. Just make sure you’ve got plenty of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream on hand to whip up this hot drink in a jiffy.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the all time superstar of cold weather beverages: Hot Chocolate. We’re not talking the instant hot cocoa packets with the dehydrated marshmallows.
No, if you’re going to do hot chocolate, make sure you do it right. Blend chopped chocolate and water in a blender until creamy. Now add sugar, plenty of it, and plenty of cream too. Throw those marshmallows on top and you have got dessert in a cup you can enjoy with a warm blanket and a clear view of the fall leaves turning red. All these warm drinks will lead to doing some fun events in the cold.