People living in different parts of the world have different ways to beat chilly weather. But one common thing among people experiencing cold temperatures, is a fondness toward warm beverages. Whether you indulge in a cup of masala chai or traditional herbal tea, these beverages will surely drive away the cold. Sure, you can opt for expensive pre-made options in retail outlets, but making them at home is all the more heart-warming!
Without further adieu, here are 5 warm beverages from around the world, to beat your winter chills:
1. Indian Chai:
Indian chai or masala chai is one of the most popular beverage in India. Chai means milk tea, and masala means a blend of spices. Thus, this tea is a simple mixture of traditional spices and hot milk, making it an extremely warming beverage for the winter. It is very easy to prepare
- 4 teaspoons black tea
- 2 cups of milk
- 3tbsp. sugar
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cinnamon stick – 1 inch
- 10 green cardamom
- ¼ tsp. fennel seeds
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 4 peppercorns
- Grind the above mentioned spices in a grinder or food processor.
- Boil 2 cups of milk in a saucepan until it reaches boiling point. Add sugar and stir.
- Pour in the ground spices. Add about ½ tsp. of ginger and a pinch of salt to taste.
- Heat it for about 3 minutes, allowing the spices to get infused in the milk.
- Meanwhile, in another saucepan, take 2 cups of water and black tea (4 tsp.). Boil for about one minute, until it reaches the boiling point.
- After that, pour the tea into the hot milk mixture by using a strainer. Discard the tea leaves. Cook the mixture for about 1 minute and serve it. Remember to stir the tea before serving.
2. Turkish Salep:
Turkish Salep is made from the roots of the orchid flowers. About 1,000 orchid flowers are used to make one kilogram of salep flour. This beverage is popular among Turkish people. It is little tricky to get obtain the flour, as its export is strictly controlled. However, if you really want to enjoy this warm beverage, substitute the salep flour with a glutinous rice flour, which you can buy from Asian supermarkets.
- 2 tbsp. of rice flour
- 2 cups of milk
- 2 tbsp. of sugar
- ¼ tsp. of rosewater
- Ground cinnamon for garnish
- 2 tsp. pistachios, finely chopped for garnish
- In a saucepan, pour milk and add rice flour. Mix it well. Now bring to a boil. Whisk frequently.
- After two minutes, the mixture will become thick. Add sugar and rosewater and stir.
- Pour the salep into your cups and garnish it with cinnamon and pistachios. Enjoy!
3. Yerba Mate
Yerba Mate is a made from leaves that are usually found in South America. It is most popular among the people of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Brazil. Mate can be compared to coffee, as it contains a hint of caffeine. Its taste can also be compared to green tea. It contains amino acids and antioxidants, which boost your energy without all of the side-effects of caffeine.
- 3 cups of water
- 3 cups of milk
- 1 piece of ginger, grounded
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 whole cloves
- 6 peppercorns
- 2 tbsp. of yerba mate tea
- Sugar to taste
- Add water and above mentioned spices in a saucepan and heat it to a boil. Remove from heat and let the spices immerse in the water for anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on how much strong you would like your tea flavor to be.
- Pour milk in the mixture and heat it to the boiling point. Remove from heat and add Yerba mate tea. Let it steep in the mixture for 5 to 15 minutes (again, depending on how rich you want the flavor). Add sugar according to your taste. Strain and serve.
This is a popular beverage among people of Mexico. It is usually drank in the autumn and winter. This drink is a kind of Atole, which is basically made from corn flour. This drink is quite popular during the Christmas season, and is often served up with tamales. It can be served at breakfast as well, or even as an evening snack.
- 5 tbsp. of Masa Harina
- 2 cups of warm water
- 2 cups of milk
- 3 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, grated
- 5 tbsp. of brown sugar
- ½ tsp. of cinnamon, grounded
- 1 tbsp. molasses
- Pinch of salt
- In a saucepan, add water, Masa Harina, and grounded cinnamon. Mix it thoroughly.
- Add: milk, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and a pinch of salt. Boil over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook it for about 8 minutes until the chocolate has melted and molasses has dissolved. The mixture will thicken within 8 to 10 minutes.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
5. Moroccan Mint Tea
This warming drink constitutes an important part of Arabian country's social life. It is tradition there that the head of the family prepares this tea and serves it to their visitors. Visitors are usually served three glasses of tea. Moreover, they are expected to participate in this tradition, else they be considered rude. This beverage has a refreshing and warming flavor.
- 1 tbsp. green tea
- 5 cups of warm water
- 3 tbsp. of sugar
- 1 ounce fresh mint
- In a tea pot, add green tea and 1 cup of boiling water. Swirl the teapot to warm the pot. Then wash the tea to reduce the bitterness of its profile.
- Discard the water. Then pour the other 4 cups of water into the teapot and let the tea leaves steep in it for about 2 minutes.
- Add sugar and mint twigs and let steep for approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
Happy Holidays! Cheers!