Hot Drinks to Keep Storm Emma at Bay!
So, it’s not 1982 -its 2018 and once again we are experiencing Baltic like conditions on the Island of Ireland. Our advice, stay in, stay safe and stay cosy with these delicious hot drinks. Whether your tastes run to delicious milky drinks or a nip of the hard stuff, nothing is more comforting on a chilly day than a warming cup. So, here are ten of the best winter drinks to inspire you.
Steaming mugs of cocoa is superb on its own, but add swirling Irish cream, marshmallows, chocolate powder and flaked chocolate for a touch of real luxury.
Generally enjoyed after a gourmet meal, specialty coffees are also great way to keep the heat inside. Rich Arabica beans (freshly ground and newly filtered) make a simple drink, but modern coffee machines can whip up espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and more at just the touch of a button.
Yes, you have read it right. The milkshake is not just for summer—made with hot milk, it can transform a dull afternoon. Banana, honey and peanut butter is a comforting favorite, or why not add a drizzle of hot fudge or salted caramel syrup to warm milk? Add roasted nuts if you’d like some extra crunch.
In India, a drink of milk and almonds is a traditional treatment that is said to prevent colds, but it’s also the ultimate comfort drink for any occasion. Add a couple of heaped teaspoons of ground almonds to a cup of hot milk, together with honey to taste, like a homemade Horlicks!!
Heat a bottle (or more!) of red wine in a pan, then add a splash of orange juice. Next, put whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, and half a nutmeg in a little muslin bag, and simmer the mixture for at least an hour. Remove the whole spices and serve the mulled wine in heat-resistant glasses with handles covered in a napkin for the traditional touch.
Banish cold and flu miseries with a piping hot toddy to soothe sore throats and unblock sinuses. The original recipe called for a measure of whiskey, combined with honey and lemon, but nowadays you can create your own bespoke hot toddy by opting for the spirit of your choice and adding cinnamon, brown sugar or oranges instead.
Who doesn’t love a bit of Irish cream but in this weather, you need to ditch the ice and have it warm. Baileys coffee is delicious! Make a cup of strong black coffee, pour a measure of Baileys into a heated glass with handles, pour over the hot black coffee, stir and then top with some lightly whipped cream and top with some cocoa powder. Enjoy!