It's the time of year where I find myself drinking a toasty lemon tea ("I Love Lemon") with honey in the evenings. It's sweet and warm, but I'm getting a bit bored of it, and looking for other recommendations.
Any warm beverage favorites, homemade or purchased? I'd prefer caffeine-free/decaf options, but it can include a bit of alcohol.
I love Ginger tea, preferably without turmeric, but that's fine if that's all you can find. I like it both with and without a bit of honey, and a shot of whiskey in it is terrific on special occasions, like Fridays.
Bigelow makes a decaf tea called Sweet Dreams. Maybe spearmint and lemongrass? I’m not sure. Not anything I thought I would ever like, but I love it with a generous squeeze of honey.
My taste buds like ginger tea... but my stomach does not.
Haven't tried "Sweet Dreams". I'll check it out.
After a quick google search, I'm now tempted by this "Butterscotch Bedtime Warmer". (But it seems they used the wrong photo for it since the main ingredient is warm milk): https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/butterscotch-bedtime-warmer-recipe-1959026
Eqyptian Licorice, or Egyptian Licorice with Mint. I buy four boxes at a time from Amazon. I don’t use any sweetener. sometimes I’ll make my own turmeric latte, using my own spices and non-dairy milk. I find the turmeric tea from the store is not intense enough for me, but I like things very flavorful and strong. There are versions of sweet dreams or sleepytime tea from different vendors. It usually has chamomile and some type of mint/peppermint.
I'll have to double check with Simone on this recipe - but this one is very popular over winter in Germany:
Gluehwein is a German/Austrian winter-holiday drink that most tourists know as an after-ski drink. After you come in out of the snow, it is supposed to make you glow with warmth again.
Republic of Tea Peppermint Bark, little peppermint, little chocolate, very smooth and yummy, no caffeine.
Nice variety of suggestions.
The mint ones my spouse might like. If the Peppermint Bark has any taste resemblance to a peppermint patty, that could be a winner.
The Gluehwein seemed interesting, but too much alcohol for me. I found a recipe I might try that added apple cider to reduce the alcohol content.
Since we had apple cider already at home, I heated some up tonight. Didn't have any open red wine, but did have butterscotch schnapps. So, added a dash of that. They went really well together, and made for a sweet warm cozy treat (and nicely low-effort) for a Friday evening.
I have a weird one. I've been to Piedmont, Italy a few times and always around Thanksgiving so it's in cooler weather. On one particularly cold day a wine shop had a little table set up outside with a pot of water over a little Bunsen burner type of thing. In the pot a bottle of Barolo Chinato (kē-NAH-tō) was being kept warm. The shop was pouring little cups of warm Chinato for passersby. It was the first time I'd heard of it.
Since then I'm a fan and I've always got a bottle in the house. But I've asked around in shops and people in the wine industry and no one seems to have heard of warming the bottle before serving Barolo Chinato. Rather, it's simply served as any dessert wine would be. Room temperature in a little glass after a meal. But I warm mine up on nights like these and I sit on the porch and pretend I'm in The Langhe. It's the little things. Edited to add: I see online there are several warm serving suggestions for B.C.
Where do you get Barolo Chinato locally?
Red Wine is as warm as I get at night.
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