Recipes with tea

Two Hot Winter Drinks

December 25, 2015
two hot winter drinks

It is Christmas finally after all that waiting. At the Tea trotter’s home old Christmas classics play. The lovely aroma of roasted chicken envelope the house. Winter is also the season for some warm and indulgent tea. Here are two hot winter drinks using one base, a lovely Gingerbread spice Mix.

“Tis the season to be Jolly!”

The boxes of decorations are brought down from the storeroom and the Christmas tree is put up yet another year. Strings of dangling fairy lights are carefully laced around the tree. After hours of effort, the tree twinkles with lights and the bobbing of shiny Christmas ornaments. Christmas stockings hang from wooden ledges. The only thing missing is a nice fireplace and a warm mug of tea.

Most of the styling for this shoot was courtesy, my son. He was at his naughty best and managed to take down a lot of the decorations creating a glittery mess.

Once you’re done serving your guests and clearing up the dinner table, settle into your favorite comfy chair and sip on one these hot winter drinks.

I think there is no set recipe for tea. Play with the spices to create the flavors that you desire.

“Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight. Spice it with love and stir it with care; and I’ll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.” – Minna Thomas Antrim, ” A Night Cap”, A Book of Toasts, 1902

Merry Christmas!

First, let’s get to the common ingredient in both of the drinks. The Gingerbread spice mix.

Gingerbread Spice Mix

Makes for a small one time use batch

Ingredients 

1/2 cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3 cardamom pods crushed
2 cloves

Directions

Give all the four spices a whirl in your electric mixer. Double the ingredients if you would like to make a bigger batch.


Two hot winter drinks
Gingerbread Chai Latte

For one cup

Ingredients

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp water
2/3 cup milk
1 tsp powdered tea or 2 black tea bags
1/4 tsp gingerbread spice mix
3-4 drops of vanilla extract

For the topping 
Frothed skimmed milk
Powdered cinnamon

two hot winter drinks

Directions

In a saucepan add in water and tea powder.

Let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes and turn off the heat. Strain the tea powder.

In a separate sauce pan add your milk and the spice mix.

Let this come to a simmer. Add in your prepared tea and vanilla extract.

Boil the tea, increasing and decreasing the flame two to three times. Add in sugar as per taste and top with frothed milk and powdered cinnamon.

If you are using tea bags

In a saucepan add in water and 2 tea bags.

Let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Remove the tea bags.

Add your milk, vanilla extract, and the spice mix.

Let the tea come to a boil, increasing and decreasing the flame two to three times.

Add in sugar as per taste and top with frothed milk and powdered cinnamon.


two hot winter drinks

Gingerbread Spiced Hot Chocolate

For one cup

Ingredients

1/3 cup + 2 tbsp water
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp gingerbread spice
50 g dark chocolate (70%) or 1/2 tsp Cocoa powder

For the topping
2 tbsp cream
Dark chocolate grated

two hot winter drinks

Directions

Add water, cinnamon stick, gingerbread spice and dark chocolate to a medium sized saucepan.

Stir the mixture until the chocolate has melted.

Add the milk and bring to a boil.

Strain the mixture and top with cream and grated dark chocolate.

If you are using cocoa powder

Add water, cinnamon stick, and gingerbread spice to a medium sized saucepan.

Let the spices simmer for about 2-3 minutes.

Add the milk and cocoa powder and bring to a boil. Strain the mixture and top with cream and grated dark chocolate.

Note: The quantity of gingerbread spice mix you use can be altered depending on how strongly spiced you want your tea.

 

 

5 Comments

  • Reply Blessy December 26, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I love your site. And Im so proud of you :*
    Keep them lovely posts coming!

    • Reply pardesitrotter December 26, 2015 at 6:44 am

      Thank you so much Bless! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas :*

  • Reply Sarah January 5, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Hi there! I was wondering…How much water should I use in the Chai Latte? Also, when you say ‘tea flavored bags,’ are 2 bags of black tea okay? Sorry, I’m a tea newbie!

    • Reply pardesitrotter January 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for your question.

      Water – 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp
      2 flavored black tea bags or just black tea bags will do

      Hope there is more clarity now 🙂

  • Reply booktea September 16, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    very good china clay teapot

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