3 Popular Hot Beverages For The Winter

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Winter is the time of roaring fires, fuzzy blankets, and cozy nights in your home, protected from the blowing snow outside your door. Want to make your evening even cozier? Reach for a lovely hot beverage! Not sure what you want to have? Here are three popular options to consider. Go on, indulge!

Hot Chocolate

Interested in the taste of liquid chocolate? Want to have puffy white marshmallows dissolving into your beverage? Hot chocolate is the perfect choice for your cozy winter night curled up by the roaring fire. You can make your mug of deliciousness in a few ways. If you want it with milk, we suggest warming a mug about ¾ full in the microwave, then stirring in a couple tablespoons of the hot chocolate mix. Follow up by filling the rest of the mug with some cool milk to make sure you can drink it right away.

A faster way of making a mug of hot chocolate is to put your kettle on to boil water, before mixing the hot water with your hot chocolate mix. Of course, you can still top off your drink with milk and marshmallows, should you choose.

Coffee

Need a boost of caffeine to stay awake through the next movie on your screen or to finish reading a book? You might even want to wait up for Santa! Or, really, stay up later so our kids are asleep when you pile presents under the Christmas tree. Regardless, a mug of coffee is the best of these hot beverages to keep your system running as you stay awake. Sip on it without milk or sugar, or make it as creamy and delicious as you like.

Tea

Not a fan of coffee? Need something a little bit healthier? Why not be British for the night and brew a nice cup of tea? Tea is certainly cozy and is perhaps the most popular of these hot beverages to give someone if they are feeling a little down (think chamomile or peppermint).

3 Creative Ways To Drink Hot Chocolate

hot chocolateOne of the most popular hot drinks during the winter months is the decadent hot chocolate. This is a favourite among both coffee and tea lovers alike. There are countless ways to drink this rich, indulgent beverage—perhaps there are as many different ways to drink hot chocolate as there are people who drink it. Here are three of the most creative and delicious options available, if you have trouble deciding:

Spice It Up With Cinnamon

Did you know you can make your mug of hot chocolate taste like winter? Did you know its deliciousness can rise significantly? All you need to do is add a little sprinkle of cinnamon to taste, or use a cinnamon stick as your way of stirring your drink. The spice from cinnamon blends with and enhances the flavour of your hot chocolate. Sip away with the spice!

Spike Your Drink

If you are of legal age and are not intending to drive anywhere, make your hot chocolate extra cozy by spiking your mug. You can choose from many different liquors, such as rum or whiskey, but our personal favourite is the delicious, creamy taste of Baileys drizzled into a hot mug of chocolate. Just be aware of how much you put in—make sure you keep your wits about you!

Candy Cane Christmas

Who wants to have Christmas in a cup? Try making your own peppermint hot chocolate by purchasing a box of candy canes and using them as stir sticks in your hot chocolate. As they melt and blend with your drink, candy canes will leave the taste of peppermint behind. Many people associate the scent and taste of peppermint with the fluffy snow and warmth of the Christmas season. Why not embrace the idea and pour a little Christmas to sip on while you wait by the fire?

5 Popular Coffee Shop Drinks

When you visit a coffee shop, there is a plethora of options for you. Many places will have donuts, muffins, and other backed goods—but the drinks on offer are generally what people think of when they visit. They are the biggest sellers after all! Sometimes, however, people can feel overwhelmed at what the choices actually are beyond simple tea and coffee. Here are 5 of the most popular options and what they all entail:

Mocha

This one is great for people looking to try coffee but who might not enjoy the taste. A mocha will generally be half coffee and half hot chocolate, though some places will let you customize the exact ratio. You can also opt for steamed milk and other add ins depending on where you are.

London Fog

This one gives no hints as to what goes in it, which can confuse many who do not know about it already. A London Fog is Earl Grey tea with steamed milk and a vanilla flavour shot. This is very popular among tea drinkers who frequent coffee shops, especially if they want to go above a simple cup of tea.

Macchiato

Though we are getting into the fancier named coffee drinks with this one, macchiatos are actually quite simple! In fact, they are just a double shot of espresso with milk foam on top. You can also go for a caramel macchiato, which means there will be caramel drizzle on the milk foam, and even some flavouring in the espresso.

Chai Latte

Not a big coffee fan? In addition to the London Fog, chai lattes are great for tea drinkers who want to visit coffee shops. They consist of strong chai tea and steamed milk, though some places will also include a sprinkling of cinnamon or even a cinnamon stick inside your drink. Delicious!

Cappuccino

This is perhaps the most popular drink to order at a coffee shop aside from a straight cup of coffee. This drinks starts with some espresso, to which they add some steamed milk and milk foam. This is the perfect drink to add flavour too as well, the most popular being a vanilla cappuccino.

How To Make Iced Tea

Do you love a comforting cup of tea in the winter? Hot tea is great, but sometimes summer can get too hot to enjoy this hot beverage. The good news? You can ice it! Here’s how you can make the perfect pitcher of iced tea to enjoy on the patio this sunny summer.

Step 1: Choose Your Tea

What kind of tea do you like? In terms of form, both bagged and loose leaf tea will work for iced tea. You’ll likely just have a little more work to make loose leaf iced tea, but it is still a simple process overall.

We advise herbal or other fruity teas for this, though you can also make iced green tea should you wish. Teas like English Breakfast or Earl Grey, while amazing blends for hot tea, do not work as well as iced tea.

Step 2: Boil Water

Why would you boil water if you are making iced tea? You do it because your tea needs the hot water in order to steep and release their flavour. While you wait for the water to boil, move onto the next step.

Step 3: Prep Your Pitcher

If you are making loose leaf iced tea, you are likely going to need a pitcher with a built-in infuser, or other infusers you can dunk into the pitcher. Put the tea in the infuser or straight into the pitcher if it’s bagged tea). You will need double the amount of tea you would normally put in for a cup of hot tea (e.g. if you put in one bag or teaspoon per normal cup, put in two for iced tea).

Step 4: Pour and Steep

Once your water is ready, pour it into the pitcher with tea. Only fill you pitcher halfway if you plan to drink your iced tea soon. Otherwise, you could fill up the whole pitcher with the hot water if you want. Wait for four to seven minutes for steeping (adjust based on the specific tea you are making)before taking the tea bag or infuser out of the pitcher.

Step 5: Add Ice

If you are going to drink your tea right away, fill up the rest of the pitcher with ice cubes to drop the temperature as fast as possible. If you are saving the tea for later, you can just top up the pitcher will cool water if you need to, or just put the full hot pitcher into the fridge.

Step 6: Enjoy!

You’re ready! Pour the tea into a glass and enjoy the summer sun on the patio while sipping your cool, refreshing beverage.