Warming up your winter

As autumn ends, darkness approaches much quicker and the evenings are becoming chillier. As we walk the around town, the unforgiving wind causes us to pull our scarves more snugly around our exposed necks.

This is the time when we all enter our own kind of human hibernation. A crackling fire, fluffy socks and steaming coffee cups trump a night of bar-hopping. In fact, any activity once the sun goes down has to be exclusively warm and snug. Here are a few fiery drinks you can make to stave off the winter chill.

Glühwein

Originally from Germany, this mix of hot red wine, spices and orange juice is sure to warm you up from head to toe. Follow this easy recipe and enjoy the fiery German tradition of glühwein. You will need:

  • 750 ml of a red wine of your choice. A dry red wine must be used.
  • 75 ml  sugar
  • 50 ml lemon juice
  • 150 ml orange juice (can be freshly squeezed or not).
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6-8 cloves
  • (Serves 4)

Garnish:

  • Cinnamon sugar on the rim of the glass
  • Orange peel in glass
  • A cinnamon stick in each glass

Method:

  • Pour all the ingredients into a medium sized pot
  • Heat mixture until hot but not boiling
  • Quickly turn off heat
  • Strain mixture into glass jug
  • Pour into glass tumblers or mugs.

Mexican Hot Chocolate:

This version of the beloved hot chocolate packs a little punch with the adventurous addition of chilli powder. You’ll feel as if you’re on a warm Mexican beach in no time. You will need:

  • 3 tbsp of hot chocolate mix
  • 1 tbsp chocolate syrup. (Hershey’s is the best)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of chilli powder
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • ¾ cup of boiling water

(Serves 1)

Method:

  • In a large plastic cup or mug, mix the hot chocolate mix, chocolate syrup, chilli powder and cinnamon.
  • Once mixed well, add the milk.
  • Add boiling water and stir.
  • You can also add whipped cream or mini-marshmallows as a topping.

While you may not be able to sleep in until summer, at least these delicious drinks will give you the boost you’re looking for to get you through the winter.

 

 

 

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