Warm, cosy drinks to enjoy this winter

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Holding a hot drink in your hand while sitting near a fireplace is the ultimate delight of winter! Well, you might just be chilling in your warm, cosy blanket and still a hot drink is delightful. Wedding Affair brings your ultimate recipes for five delicious hot drinks that you can enjoy this winter!

Gingerbread Latte

drinksIn a bowl, mix together the spices, sugar and vanilla extract. Heat 100ml of the milk in a pan with the spice and sugar mix, whisking until the sugar has dissolved. Whisk in the remaining milk in additions until incorporated, then heat through until steaming. This is just so decadent and wholesome. Find the full recipe here. Put a shot of espresso in each glass (if using) and top up with the spiced milk. Top drink with with whipped cream, extra spices and a mini gingerbread man.

Malted Hot Cocoa with Toasted Marshmallows

drinksWe all know that for those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere, hot chocolate (or cocoa) is synonymous with Christmas. But to be honest, here in Asian regions too there’s nothing we want less than hot chocolate on a chill winter’s day during the festive season. A sprinkling of crushed candy cane lends a festive touch to this creamy hot cocoa…or place a chocolate mint candy cane in each drink mug as a stirrer. A spoonful of marshmallow crème tops steaming homemade cocoa with rich chocolate flavour and a hint of spice. Place the marshmallows on a foil-lined boiler proof baking sheet and broil until just golden, about 30 seconds for toasting. Find the full recipe here!

Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink

If you’re looking for something cozy, this Hot Pumpkin Spice Drink is exactly what you need! It’s delicious in the morning as a coffee substitute, and comforting in the evening when you need to wind down and relax. You can think of it as a hot chocolate made with pumpkin, or a pumpkin spice latte without the espresso. In either case, don’t skimp on the whipped cream. Get this awesome recipe here. We’ve lit a scented candle, so there’s a bit of yellow glow in the corner of my eye and the faint sweet smell of pine. It’s all quite perfect, though I think I might need to just shut down the computer, relax and enjoy the hygge.

Kashmiri Kahwa

Kahwa is a Kashmiri tea drink flavoured with cinnamon, cardamom, and saffron. It is a great drink to sip on cold winter days but can be had throughout the year. Here is how to make it at home. Kahwa is a fragrant, mild green tea made with whole spices, saffron, almonds and originally from the Kashmiri cuisine. Kahwa is a warming tea and always had hot. Using whole spices and saffron makes it warming for the body which suits the cold climate of Kashmir. Kahwa is made in copper pots known as samovar in Kashmir. These are large pots where the tea is brewed. In a home kitchen, kahwa is made in a pan. Some people prefer to boil the green tea leaves for a couple of minutes. 

Rasam

Rasam is a South Indian drink that is tangy and spicy and can be either served as a soup or paired with rice for the main course. There are many varieties of this dish made in different regions of south India. Here is how to make it. Here are some more variations, that you can make for your everyday meals – Beetroot Rasam, Pepper Rasam, Raw Mango Rasam, and Kerala Rasam. It is prepared using kokum or tamarind juice as the base, which gives it that tangy flavour. Along with this, other ingredients such as tomato and spices are also added to it. A tadka of ghee/oil, mustard seeds, thing, and red dry chilli is given at the end, which enhances its taste even more. In some recipes, Toor and other dals are also added along with some vegetables to make it more healthy and nutritious.

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