As winter creeps closer, I can already feel a new crispness in the air, a chill that wasn’t there a week ago. I start to think about winter things. Winter is my second favourite season – comfort, warmth, magic and adventure all wrapped up in it, and gathering ideas about how to be as cozy and snugly as possible is a wonderful past time. 🙂
I have been thinking first about soups, delicious pumpkin, chicken and corn, and tomato soup. Nothing yummier than sitting in front of a fire with a bowl of soup, wrapped up in a massive, fluffy blanket. Next is drinks, I get tired of hot chocolate very fast, I don’t drink coffee, and dislike caffeine tea. This at first caused a bit of a problem, but do you know how many AMAZING teas there are? Rose, hibiscus, orange, lemon, strawberry, vanilla-raspberry, and hundreds of others made exclusively with natural fruits and herbs, no substitute tealeaves. Making a delicate little teapot of rosebud tea and enjoying that while replying to e-mails is a lovely way to make your winter Internet work warmer. Then there is Milo – my favourite hot drink, I don’t know why Australian cafe’s don’t serve it?
More wonderful winter things are boots, long coats, hot-water bottles, blazing fires, reading before bed because the sun went down early, eating chocolate while watching movies, and so many others.
Here is the recipe for a hot drink that sounds fantastic (although I have not tried it)
- masala spice chai tea – loose leaf recipe or 1 tea bag (unbrewed)
- 2 cups apple cider
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Bring apple cider to a near boil over low heat.
- Add tea leaves and spices and allow it to brew over the heat for about 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and allow to steep for 1 minute.
- Strain the tea and spices from the cider and pour into a mug.
- Add nectar and lemon and stir well.
- Pour nectar and lemon juice into a mug.
- Heat the apple cider to a near boil.
- Pour hot cider into the mug, stir, then add the tea bag.
- Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes before removing the tea bag
Thanks to cocktails.about.com for the recipe.