Warming Winter Drinks (For When A Cup Of Tea Just Doesn’t Cut It)
In summer it’s easy to get excited about cooling drinks like smoothies and juices, but in winter we usually crave hot drinks that will warm us up from the inside out. However, many of us find it hard to come up with anything more than a cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong. A tea is awesome. Just like having a bath on the inside, some might say. But when you drink peppermint tea after dinner every night (to aid digestion), sometimes you want to mix things up a little.
Here are some awesome hot drinks I’ve stumbled across while trawling the internet and getting creative in my kitchen.
PIPING HOT CHOC WINTER SMOOTHIE
From Tara Bliss at Such Different Skies
This baby is thick, creamy, decadent, and not-at-all naughty.
1 heaped TBSP cacao
1/2 TSP vanilla
1 TSP chia seeds
2 medjool dates (or some honey if you prefer)
1 C boiling water OR warm almond milk OR dandelion tea if you want to really spruce it up! [Note: I had it with dandy tea and it was amazing!]
BLEND. POUR. GUZZLE. BUZZ.
FANCY DANDY TEA
Roasted dandelion root tea is one of my favourites, but the best part about it is that you can fancy it up with so many different options.
1 tsp roasted dandelion root tea
Cinnamon (to taste)
½ – 1 tsp coconut nectar, maple syrup or honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
About an inch of a vanilla bean
Almond milk (optional)
Steep the dandy tea, cinnamon, sweetener and vanilla bean in boiling water for a couple of minutes using a mesh tea strainer or tea ball. Add milk as desired.
SUPERFOOD HAUTE CHOCOLATE
From Sarah Britton at My New Roots
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 tsp. maca powder
1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon powder
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch ginger powder
small piece vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
1 ½ cups milk of your choice or water
1. Boil water or warm milk on the stove and let cool slightly. If using raw nut milk, do not heat above 118°F/42°C.
2. Whisk in dry ingredients. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick, if desired.
SPICED RICE MILK DRINK
From Maria Laitinen at Scandi Foodie
1/2 cup brown rice (long or medium grain)
6-8 cups water
Spiced rice milk drink
1 1/2 cups
5-10 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
knob of fresh ginger
1 tsp natural vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean)
raw honey, to serve
*Start this recipe by making the rice milk up to 2,5 hours before.
** The rice milk recipe is from Food.com website. Makes about 1 litre of milk, consume the milk within 2 days.
1. Place the brown rice and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil and let simmer for 30-40 minutes or until the rice is very soft.
2. Place the cooked rice along with the water into a food processor and blitz until very smooth and creamy.
3. Let the mixture to stand for 45-60 minutes, then drain through a fine sieve or a muslin.
4. To make the spiced rice milk drink place all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let sit, covered, for about 10-15 minutes. Drain off the spices and sweeten with raw honey, if you wish. Enjoy warm.
SORT-OF DANDY CHAI
I love chai, but I don’t drink black tea so I whenever I see a dandy chai on offer I snap one up. However, I was craving one at home one night and tried to make a similar concoction with the ingredients I had in my pantry. It turned out pretty swell indead.
½ cinnamon stick
6 green cardamom pods
¼ inch ginger root
1 tsp dandelion tea
1 cup nut milk (I used almond for this one)
1 tsp raw honey (or sweetener of your choice)
Add cinnamon, cardamom pods, and ginger root to a saucepan with about 1-1/2 cups of water. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add dandelion tea, milk and honey and simmer again for a minute before turning off the heat. Allow the mixture to sit for another minute or two before straining and serving.
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