Winter is the best season for tea and coffee, and with Christmas almost upon us, it’s time to start getting creative with our hot drinks. Here are our top picks of the most delicious festive drinks to warm you up this Winter.
This sweet, spicy, winter wonderland tea is a favourite Northern Tea Merchants Christmas blend. This luxurious green tea has added pink peppercorns, chocolate chips, clove buds and icing snowflakes for a beautifully festive drink. You don’t need to do anything – simply boil water then allow to cool for 2 minutes, and then brew for 3-5minutes.
Simply steam milk, brew and add your favourite Northern Tea Merchants espresso shot, add peppermint extract, top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane for an Insta-worthy peppermint latte. For an alcoholic twist, replace peppermint extract with crème de menthe or peppermint schnapps.
Pour and mix a shot of your favourite espresso with molasses, vanilla extract and ground ginger. Pour in steamed milk and sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon as a garnish.
Hot and spicy Himalayan tea
Christmas is a great time to get a taste of other cultures’ cuisines, like this Asian inspired hot tea. Combine water, brown sugar, ginger root, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, fennel seeds, bay leaves and peppercorns with Darjeeling tea leaves and finally add milk and enjoy this unique drink.
Turmeric infused golden chai
To tackle those pesky colds this Christmas, make this spicy tea with turmeric and ginger to help out your immune system. Simmer almond milk in a pan and add ginger, turmeric, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and agave to flavour, and let this warming drink nurse you back to health.
This tea contains some unusual ingredients, so will be sure to impress anyone you make it for and an alcoholic free alternative to a firm favourite. Add rose petals, cloves, bay leaves, a cinnamon stick, frozen berries, cranberry sauce, orange and green tea to a pan of hot water, bringing the mixture to a boil and then sieving.
Vegan almond milk chai with whisky and orange
What better two things to mix than tea and alcohol in the colder months? And suitable for vegans too! To make this drink, heat almond milk and mix it with tea, then pour over whiskey and orange juice. Add a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick to garnish.
Turkish coffee sour
Add a kick to your coffee with this traditional but exciting drink. Put your favourite Northern Tea Merchants coffee grounds in a pan, adding cardamom, lemon peel, cloves and cinnamon. Bring to the boil, strain and then leave to cool.
Nutmeg and orange Christmas coffee
This coffee recipe is guaranteed to give you all the wintery feels with its seasonal ingredients. Add a cinnamon stick, dates, ground nutmeg, cloves and orange zest to your favourite blend of Northern Tea Merchants ground coffee in a cafetière. Add boiling water and serve in espresso cups.
Christmas Coffee Cocktail
Combine a strong Northern Tea Merchants coffee with a half shot each of amaretto, coffee liqueur, butterscotch schnapps and crème de cocoa in a glass. Stir to combine and top with fresh whipped cream. Garnish with grated chocolate and serve warm or over ice.
Make sure to check out our tea and coffee of the month as well – they’re seasonal treats sure to get you feeling festive.