While it may not yet be calendar official, winter has certainly arrived. Warm up with Panrimo’s top 7 cozy winter warm-up drinks from around the world.
1. Irish Coffee- Why have coffee when you can have coffee with whisky? Coffee, sugar, whisky, and cream floated on top, to be exact. The drink is said to have originated to warm up a group of Americans after they arrived in Ireland in freezing cold weather. The bartender graciously added a shot of whisky to everyone’s coffee for an extra warming effect. So hospitable, those Irish!
2. Mulled Wine- Hot wine is not quite so common in the states as it is in Europe, though it is becoming more and more popular (yay!). Many variations of this warm winter drink exist, but it basically involves heating wine and adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and often orange or lemon peels. Hot, delicious, and festive. Tried and tested- it’s good!
3. Caribou- Canadians know what cold is, so I trust that this is an effective way to combat winter chills. This cocktail of red wine, whisky, and maple syrup keeps les Quebecois nice and toasty, especially in the month of February when the Carnaval de Québec takes place in Quebec City. The winter festival draws throngs of people into the cold outdoors to watch winter sporting events, parades, and snow sculpture contests!
4. Hot Orange Juice and Honey- Yum! This drink is typically served during the Christmas season in Alsace, France. The region of Alsace, having been a part of Germany at various times throughout history, still retains a German feel as well German traditions like the famous outdoor Christmas markets. Stop and grab a cup of this hot, sweet drink to warm you up while you browse for the perfect gift!
5. Mint Tea- Sure, you can buy some Lipton at the grocery store, but if you want the real stuff, you need to go to Morocco. Mint tea is essentially the country’s national drink. It’s customary to drink three glasses before or after dinner, when visiting friends or family, or just because…just because it’s so delicious. It seems quite simple, but for Morrocans it’s a mastered art, from the way it’s brewed to the way it’s served: bring tea leaves, fresh mint, and water to a rolling boil, add generous amounts of sugar, and pour (preferably into pretty tea cups).
6. Anijsmelk- This traditional Dutch drink, literally translated into English as “anise milk,” is as easy to make as it sounds. Simply add honey and anise sugar cubes (sugar cubes infused with anise extract) to warm milk. In the Netherlands, it’s common to drink this sweet mixture before bed on cold nights, and its soothing quality is believed to help with sleep. Sounds like a perfect hot chocolate alternative that would go great with a blanket and a fireplace!
7. Oatmeal Posset – Well, I can’t say I’ve ever drank oatmeal, but why not? This classic Scottish drink is just the right thing to warm you up on a cold winter day and it’s quite simple to make. Intrigued? Bring about 2 cups of milk, two tablespoons of oatmeal, and a pinch of salt to boil and then let it sit for about 10 minutes. Strain the mixture, discard the oatmeal and then add some brandy, honey, and nutmeg. Reheat, and enjoy!
Cheers to staying warm!