Musment takes you on a world tour to discover delicious hot drinks to warm up with this winter.
When the temperatures start to drop, there’s something so comforting about sipping a hot drink to keep warm. From Morocco to Argentina to Japan to everywhere in between, here’s a look at 15 of the best comforting hot drinks to keep you warm this winter.
1. Mint tea, Morocco
It’s impossible to go to Marrakech, Fez or anywhere else in Morocco without letting the enchanting fragrance of Moroccan mint tea tempt you at least once. Expertly infused, this sweet, mint-based tea is enjoyed daily by Moroccans and offered as a sign of hospitality.
2. Yerba Maté, Argentina
Argentina’s national beverage and a popular means of socializing, maté can be enjoyed any time of day. Known for fighting fatigue and stimulating digestion and its anti-oxidants, maté will also help you through winter.
3. Pumpkin spice latte, United States
In the U.S., autumn has a flavor: pumpkin spice latte. As the name suggests, this is a latte with the addition of pumpkin syrup and a blend of spices. It’s ideal for warm, Sunday cocooning when it’s cold outside.
4. Masala chai, India
Masala chai is black tea (“chai” literally means “tea”) that contains more milk than water. Spices (a “masala” mixture) are added as well as sugar—a lot of sugar–for total taste bud stimulation!
5. Anijsmelk, The Netherlands
If you’re planning to visit Amsterdam this winter, there’s nothing better than a nice cup of anijsmelk (hot aniseed milk) to warm you after hours visiting the city and admiring the illuminated canals during the Festival of Lights.
6. Matcha, Japan
Matcha needs no introduction. This powdered green tea, still consumed in Japan in the same traditional way after a codified ritual, is unusual because it is not infused in water but beaten with a bamboo whisk.
7. Chocolate con churros, Spain
If the benefits of hot chocolate are less credible than those of matcha, you cannot deny one perk: the release of endorphins. Dip some hot churros in the chocolate, and voilà! Start your day on positive note by opting for this Spanish-style breakfast.
8. Api Morado, Bolivia
Much less known that many of the other beverages mentioned thus far, api morado is THE traditional drink of Bolivia. Made with purple corn flour and a mixture of spices, it’s usually accompanied by donuts and will help you resist the winter cold.
9. Po cha, Tibet
Po cha or Tibetan salted butter is the national drink of Tibet. The name is not very appetizing; we imagined that the drink wouldn’t really be, either, but it’s ideal for fighting the cold and altitude sickness as well as chapping. MIght po cha have inspired J.K. Rowling’s “butterbeer” concoction enjoyed by Harry Poter and his pals?
10. Champurrado Mexico
During winters in Mexico, the day often starts with a bowl of atole, a sweet drink made with milk and water, thickened with corn flour, and often with cinnamon. If you add chocolate, it becomes champurrado. As in Spain, champurrado can be enjoyed in the morning accompanied by piping-hot churros.
11. Glühwein, Germany
For the king of Christmas markets, I chose: warm mulled wine! Called “Glühwein,” in German, mulled wine is a staple of the Christmas markets in Germany, Austria, Alsace and France by consequence. It is very similar to Swedish “Glögg,” which, in addition to wine, contains brandy, vodka, or cognac.
12. Bombardino, Italy
While French and Swiss raclette and fondue are so associated with skiing, Italians cannot do without the king of the mountain cocktails: the bombardino! Think hot zabaglione, whipped cream, coffee, and brandy: a bomb of calories and alcohol.
13. Bicerin, Turin
Still in Italy, much softer and non-alcoholic but equally comforting, the bicerin is perfect for those cold winter days. Its sweetness from coffee, chocolate, and whipped cream gives more the impression of a true delicacy than a simple beverage. Sip this in Turin.
14. Eggnog, United States
Close to the bombardino but much less alcoholic, American eggnog can trace its origins to the European Middle Ages. Made with egg yolks, milk, cream, sugar, spices, and spirits, it is enjoyed throughout the winter to fight fatigue.
15. Grog, Great Britain
This drink made with honey, lemon, hot water and rum will surely help fight against colds or a cough, typical of the winter season. However, if grog can be beneficial to fight against the evils of winter, thanks to the warmth of the drink that will soothe you as much as the honey and lemon, rich in antiseptic properties and vitamin C, alcohol abuse weakens the immune system and is incompatible with many medicines! That said, nothing’s stopping you from preparing a hot grog without the booze.