Sip something spicy this winter

Nothing warms your hands on a cold winter night quite like holding a hot mug of something, but maybe you’re getting tired of your usual tea? Well, here are two delicious warming drinks that include enough spice to warm you inside and out!

Chai Tea

This is easier to make than you think – there’s only one problem: once you know how, you may not want to drink anything else! It’s, literally, a three-step process to chai-tea heaven.

Ingredients

  • 8 cloves
  • 8 cardamom seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (about 2cm) sliced
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 bags black Ceylon tea

How to do it:

  1. Put the cloves, cardamom and peppercorns in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin or a heavy-based pan.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks, crushed spices, ginger, milk, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring it all up to a boil. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, cover, and let the mixture steep for 10 minutes. Then strain into cups and add a little stevia or honey to taste.

Hot Lemon Infusion

This is a hot drink that delivers a shot of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties from turmeric, while hydrating and warming you – and you can sip this all day.

Ingredients:

Juice of half a freshly squeezed lemon

  • 1 large cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Pinch cayenne or red chilli powder
  • Pinch coarse sea salt

How to make it:

Mix in your mug and give it a good stir! What could be easier than that?

Hot Ginger Tea

Good for digestion and warming during cold weather, ginger can also relieve the discomfort connected to conditions such as osteoarthritis. Here’s an easy way to get some of that ginger magic.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 ounces thinly-sliced ginger root

How to make it:

Boil and then strain. You can add a dash of raw honey to taste.

So, there you have 3 fabulous mug-warmers with health benefits for winter – cheers!

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