There is no way around it; as the song by Frank Loesser goes Baby, It’s Cold Outside
While the temperature drops the desire for a nice warm beverage to bring that body temperature back up rises. If all you have in the house is regular coffee and tea that won’t hit the much-needed flavour kick to bring that warming glow.
Here are some alternative hot drinks that will warm you up this chilly winter’s day.
Easy as pie Five-Spice Tea
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
- Two green tea bags
- Sugar to taste
Mix the water, milk, and spices in a small saucepan over a low heat. Heat until hot but not boiling. Place tea bag into a mug and pour the hot liquid over and let steep for four minutes. Add some sugar to taste and you’ll be transported to a warm flavour wonderland.
Spicy Hot Chocolate
- Hot cocoa mix
- Two pinches of ground chilli
- Two pinches ground cinnamon
- Whipped cream (optional)
Make the hot cocoa as the per the packets instructions. Mix in a pinch of chilli and a pinch of cinnamon and give it a good stir. If you are adding whipped cream, put a nice dollop in the middle and sprinkle the remaining chilli and cinnamon on top. It sounds strange, but the added heat will warm you all the way to your bones.
- One bottle of apple or pear cider
- One pinch allspice
- One pinch ground cloves
- One pinch ground nutmeg
- One pinch of ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
- One tablespoon honey
- Juice and peel of half an orange
Mix all the ingredients into a medium pot and bring to a simmer, don’t let it boil. Heat until the mixture has reduced slightly and is sweet and hot. Use a slotted spoon to remove the peel and cinnamon stick. Serve in your favourite mug.