Summer reminds us of long hot days and leisurely hours spent drinking cooling beverages; iced teas, tall glasses of cold, freshly made lemonade, smoothies and many more.
Winter paints a very different picture; warm fires, furry slippers, thick jumpers and hands wrapped round a hot warming drink.
The list of hot drinks available nowadays is endless so here are some warming winter drinks for you to try, some traditional and some you may not have tried yet.
Nothing cures the winter blues like a cup of hot chocolate
450ml whole milk
70g 70% cocoa chocolate, finely chopped or grated
30g good-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped or grated
75ml single cream
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1. Warm about 150ml milk in a pan over a medium heat and stir in the chocolate. Continue to stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk, then whisk in the remaining milk and the cream.
2. Continue to heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling, then add the cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Taste, adjust if necessary, and serve. For a frothy finish, whisk vigorously just before pouring.
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Salep is a traditional Turkish milky drink popular on cold, wintry days.
It is made from the tubers of wild orchids* which are washed, boiled, dried and ground into flour. The flour is then mixed with cold milk or water and boiled until it thickens into a creamy consistency. Salep also contains glucomannan, which is good for coughs and bronchitis and eases sore throats.
It is even more pleasureable and healthy when mixed with ginger and/or cinnamon.
You can buy ready prepared salep powder. Here’s how you make it
In a deep sauce pan add cold milk and salep powder into the pan. For each cup add 3 tsp salep (10gr) into cold milk, stir until boil it. Salep should be thickening in a few minutes. Pour the hot drink into the cup. Do not add sugar, all prepackaged salep drinks contains sugar already. Sprinkle cinnamon on top before serving.
*Wild orchids grow almost everywhere in Turkey, and there are lots of varieties. Yet, some varieties are facing extinction. To get 1 kilo of salep flour, more than 1000 orchid tubers are pulled out of the soil. And it takes up to 7 or 8 years for the orchid’s tubers to grow sufficiently to use for salep production. Therefore, export of salep is prohibited. However, instant versions with salep flavor are exported. – The Istanbul Insider
A steaming cup of coffee
Nowadays there are so many different styles of coffee to choose, from Espresso to Piccolo Latte.
Mocha is a mix between a cappucino or latte and a hot chocolate. Here’s a delicious recipe for Cinnamon Spiced Mocha Latte from Rockin Mama.
6 ounces of brewed coffee
4 ounces of milk, heated
1 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon cane sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
Once you’ve brewed your coffee, simply add the milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla and stir to combine.
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Boza – porridge in a cup
Boza is a thick, nourishing winter drink made from fermented barley or mullet. It’s a little like drinking tangy liquid porridge.
A version of Boza was enjoyed by Central Asian nomads in the 4th century, making it one of the oldest Turkish surviving foods.
It is typically sold in winter although it’s not a hot drink. It’s associated with cold days and snow because it has a warming effect.
Boza is traditionally served in typical Turkish water glasses with cinnamon and roasted chickpeas on the top.
Boza is also rich in vitamin B and, if you’re forced to skip a meal, a good way to keep going until dinner time.
Click here for how to make Turkish Boza
2 cups water
3 tea bags (unflavored black tea)
4 star anise
1 x 3 inch cinnamon stick
1 cup passion fruit nectar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Add tea bags, anise, and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat. simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and cinnamon stick. Stir in nectar, honey, and lemon juice. Heat through.
Pour tea mixture into four heat-proof cups, floating a star anise on top of each. Makes 4 servings. – courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens
All winter warmers should be served by the fire with a book!