Soothing drink recipes to take your mind off the return to work and the cold and dreary weather. Try an uplifting mug of mulled quince cider, a regal hot chocolate or perhaps a hot elderberry-ginger tea …
You can create this nurturing, appealing ginger tea with warming herbs in a flash.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
The marriage of peppermint and chocolate is a cold-weather favorite.
Fresh tip: If you’re lucky enough to have fresh peppermint leaves in the late fall and winter, be sure to use them in this warming drink recipe. In the summer, this drink is terrific served chilled.
Mulled quince cider
Slow-poached spiced quince is a beautiful thing in both savoury and sweet settings, as at home with a roasted duck as it is simply accompanied by lashings of double cream. This warm and spicy alcoholic drink puts the delicious full-bodied poaching syrup to excellent use to create a sweet, spicy and fortifying tipple to beat the cold weather.
1. Dissolve 50g of the caster sugar in the water over a gentle heat, stirring regularly. Add the spices and the quince.
2. Cover with a lid and simmer slowly for two hours, topping up with a little water if needed. You should be left with a saucepan of amber-coloured fruit and a gorgeous spiced syrup. Strain the syrup, setting aside the quince to have with some ice-cream or in your morning porridge.
3. Mix the cider with the syrup and heat gently and briefly so as not to (God forbid) let all of the alcohol evaporate.