7 warming drinks for the whole family

What could be nicer, after a long winter walks with wet mittens, the snow boots with a Cup of something hot, sweet and incredibly delicious. Perhaps, in any country in the cold autumn and winter there is a tradition of warming

drinks, and each of them has its own special flavor. And the best part is that most of these drinks you can prepare at home, and from this they will, of course, only tastier!

1. Sbiten

My small collection I would like to start this off the traditional Russian and old, but somehow forgotten, beverage. For the first time the drink is mentioned in the Slavic annals than a thousand years old! It would seem that the drink is extremely easy to prepare – it consists of only honey, water and herbs. However to find the right proportions and the right combination of spices is not so easy, it requires special skill and even intuition. Cooking sbiten is so thin and individual process that in the old days it was impossible to meet two of sbiten same taste!

Water – 1 liter

Honey – 50 g

Lemon – 3-4 mug

Bay leaf – 2 PCs.

Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves – 2-3 tsp of each, but better on your own taste

In boiling on weak fire water add honey, lemon, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves, Bay leaf. The mixture continue to cook on low heat for 10 minutes, then tightly close the lid and leave to infuse for at least half an hour. The finished drink can be strained and re-heat before moving on to the tasting.

2. Non-alcoholic mulled wine

Mulled wine and translated – “mulled wine”, “flaming wine”.

The first recipe of the drink similar to mulled wine, known since the times of Ancient Rome, but then the wine is just mixed with spices, but not heated. The present hot wine appeared in medieval Europe in the Northern and Central parts. Since then, the drink has become traditional in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, and is well-known all over the world. Especially good mulled wine during the Christmas fairs, celebrations outdoors.

By and large, non-alcoholic mulled wine prepared the same way as alcohol, only wine is replaced with grape juice.

We will need :

The juice of red grapes – 3 cups

Water – 1 Cup

Orange – 2 mug

Lemon – 2 mug

Apple – 2-3 cloves (but not necessarily)

Zest of lemon and orange (chopped or cut in strips)

Cinnamon – 3 sticks

Cloves – 5-6 PCs.

Ginger (ground or grated fresh) – 1/2 tbsp

Cardamom – a pinch

Allspice – 2 peas

Star anise – 2 stars

Mix water, juice, zest and spices. Heated, but not boiling (!). Add fresh fruit, a little more keep on low heat, then cover with a lid and allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes.

3. Non-alcoholic grog

Its name, this drink has received from the British Vice-Admiral Edward Vernon, nicknamed old Grog (Old Grog). Struggling with alcoholism, Admiral Vernon ordered to submit so beloved by sailors rum in thoroughly diluted with water (cold or hot depending on weather conditions), sugar and lemon juice. First, this innovation was not too pleased with the sailors, this drink was called “rum at three waters” or simply “punch”. Soon, however, the grog is not just liked by the sailors, but also became the English national drink for the cold season.

Of course, non-alcoholic grog will not light up so effectively as in the picture (and indeed will not light up), but the taste will surely appeal to both children and adults.

We will need :

Strong black tea (without additives and flavorings) – 1 l

Cherry juice – 2 cups

Apple juice – 2 cups

(Instead of cherry or instead of both juices you can only add lemon juice, 2-3 times diluted with water)

Sugar – 1.5 cups

Cinnamon – 3 sticks

Cloves – 6-7 PCs.

Nutmeg – 1/2 tsp

Star anise – 1 star

Tea mix with juices and bring to the boil, add everything else. Cook for 5-10 minutes on low heat, not allowing to a rolling boil. Then allow to infuse for 5-10 minutes.

4. The ‘ take (Oh, and again soft. )

The ‘ take as mulled wine, is also produced on the basis of red wine. This drink is originally from Sweden and Finland, where his cooking was used not too good wine, adding honey, cinnamon and other spices. Initially, the drink was called hippocras (not sure why, probably something to do with the horse. ). Because the price of honey was quite high, ordinary people usually substituted for sugar. And it was done this way: wine mixed with spices in a special pot and heated on the fire, and the kettle was hung sugar loaf, pouring her vodka. From the temperature of the sugar started to melt and drip into the wine. Since then, from the Swedish word ” glÖdga” (fry, anneal) and came the modern name of the drink – ‘ Take ( GlÖgg ).

So, prepare non-alcoholic ‘ take.

We will need :

The juice of red grapes – 0.5 l

Water – 2 cups

Apple juice – 1 Cup

Cranberry juice, cranberries – 1 Cup

Cinnamon – a few sticks

Nutmeg – 1/2 tsp

Cloves – 5-6 PCs.

Honey – 1 tbsp

Raisins – 1 tbsp

Crushed almonds – 2 tablespoons

Fresh ginger (optional)

In a saucepan pour water, put back all our spices, almonds, raisins, and lemon zest. Bring to the boil and being abandoned to infuse for 10-15 minutes. After that, take out the spices and everything else from the resulting broth (but don’t throw away!) and add juices. Now the mixture is heated to 70-80 degrees, but do not boil! Ready to drink a glass of bottled and put every decoration – raisins, cinnamon, lemon zest and cloves.

5. Hot chocolate

Well cooked hot chocolate is not only delicious, it also warms quickly restores strength, Atalay hunger, uplifting I. helps to cope with cough. Best hot chocolate to cook with natural dark chocolate in blocks, which is designed exactly for this purpose. Don’t know if we sold like this, but from Switzerland I brought a large cake of dark chocolate, and several times we were able to enjoy the delicious drink made from it. Although in its pure form it is impossible:). However, the fit and just tile a very good dark chocolate, and in extreme cases – cocoa powder.

Interestingly, none of the many modern recipes for hot chocolate has nothing to do with real liquid chocolate, which was prepared at home cocoa ancient Aztecs and Mayans. First drank it cold, and, secondly, instead of a usual sweets, he had a very sharp and spicy taste by adding chilies and many spices.

6. Coffee

Oh yeah, the coffee is also lovely warming drink! Which is a shame as it’s referred to as “harmful”, because with moderate use it rather benefits, improving mood, boosting stamina and endurance, and often eliminating headaches. Hot coffee with or without milk and of itself warms, but if you add cinnamon, honey and/or black pepper, it can prevent colds.

7. Tea

And finally so common and favorite tea. Tea (black or green) can be drunk with almost anything and in any way.

For example, with raspberry jam – something so dear and sweet. from the childhood. But this is a really excellent remedy for the common cold, and just to warm up. And raspberries, by the way, also has antipyretic properties.

As in coffee, in tea, you can add black pepper, cinnamon, honey. Everyone knows the benefits of tea with lemon, because the vitamin C contained in citrus fruits, in particular strengthens the immune system.

Another good remedy for cold and cough is ginger tea. It is best to use fresh ginger. To enhance the warming and healing properties of this tea, you can add honey and pepper.

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