Friday, 8 January 2010
Some like it hot.....................
One of the best ways to stay warm is to get something hot inside you; as well as food, hot drinks are an excellent way of keeping up the warmth. There's tea and coffee, ofcourse, and hot chocolate, but sometimes you just want something a bit different. Here are my suggestions, mostly homemade.
A good idea is to fill a flask with boiling water so it's to hand; I keep the kettle on the hot end of the stove all the time when it's cold, so that does the same job.
HONEY AND LEMON; good for a boost, and helping with cold and sore throat symptoms - 1 tsp honey and juice of half a lemon, topped up with boiling water.
ELDER ROB; I make this in the summer, and it's an ideal drink for weather like this - plenty of vitamin C in there for colds, etc, and teh healing, soothing properties of the fruit itself. Dilute with boiling water and sweeten with a little honey if you like.
ELDERFLOWER AND HONEY; again, amde in the summer, it stores well in the freezer, and makes a nice lighter hot drink, adding honey and/or lemon juice if liked
BLACKCURRANT; well known for its vitamin content, this makes a good winter drink on its own. I make cordial every year, which is processed in a hot water bath and keeps well in the larder. Otherwise,a spoonful of jam in a mug of boiling water gives much the same effect, straining out the fruit if you like. Again, honey can be added.
ORANGE; simple fresh orange juice, topped up with boiling water.
MILK; 2/3 of a mug of milk, heated up, then add 1/3 boiling water and 1/2 tsp sugar - a very comforting drink, ideal just before bedtime.
HERB TEAS; buy teabags, or use any that are in the garden, or that you have dried and stored for future use.
BOVRIL, etc; a spoonful of Bovril, Marmite, bouillon powder or stock powder in a cup with boiling water makes a good hot, nourishing drink, something with a little more "bite" to it. Spice it up with a dash of vodka or sherry, Tabasco sauce, black pepper etc.
PLAIN WATER; sometimes all you want is the warmth, not necessarily the flavour, so a mug of hot water hits the spot well; add lemon juice if liked.
HOT TODDY; no discussion of winter drinks would be complete without this one! A measure of whisky in a mug, 1/2 tsp sugar, top up with boiling water.
I do buy the occasional bottle of cordial etc, and the ones by Bottle Green are my favourites at this time of the year.
These are two of the best hot - winter berries (fruity and clove-y) and ginger and lemon grass. They also do an elderflower one.Not the cheapest on the market, but as usual, you get what you pay for, and a little goes a long way.
Having said all that, sometimes all you want and need is a nice cup of tea - just make sure you're well stocked up with teabags. Imagine the horror of running out of tea - unthinkable!!!!!
Posted by MrsL at 11:50