Winters are all about staying cosy in your blankets and sipping on hot beverages. Chilly days call for some exciting beverage ideas, and so here we are. Stay warm this winter with these exciting beverages, and thank us later.
- Masala chai
- Tulsi tea
- Kesaria doodh
- Apple tea
- Kashmiri tea
- Black tea
- Lemongrass mint tea
- Gulabi chai
- Bajra raab
1. Masala chai
Masala chai has to come on top of the list. With ingredients like cinnamon, peppercorns, ginger and cloves, there is nothing better than it. It also comes with a host of health benefits and helps fight some of the common ailments associated with the season like a stuffy nose, cough etc.
It is a recipe passed on from one generation to the next, and every household has its variation. Be it day or nights, you will spot chaiwallahs on every street in India, and we promise you that won’t be able to resist a cup of the same. Enjoy it with your favourite snack and rejuvenate yourself in aromatic glory.
2. Tulsi tea
The herbal accents in Tulsi tea will provide you with an unmatched wholesome experience. It is a fantastic cure for a sore throat. Once you try this detoxifying drink, there is no going back. You can add lemon juice to it to enhance its healing properties for your sore throat. It has anti-oxidising properties and helps in getting rid of the mucus. Besides, it also provides an opportunity to experiment. Try it with pineapple and enjoy the intriguing flavours.
3. Kesaria doodh
Our moms have been serving us a glass of kesaria doodh since time immemorial. Its irresistible aroma is its best part. Besides, it also has healing properties. This flavourful drink is the perfect way to end your day and sleep tightly at nights. With health and taste packed in one, how can you say no to it?
4. Apple tea
Does fresh fruit juice remind you of hot and sultry summer days? If yes, think again. With a hint of cinnamon and other spices, fresh fruits can be an incredible idea for tossing up your perfect winter drink as well. Apple tea is an example in point here.
It is a unique beverage which is a blend of green tea and stewed apples. Squeeze a lemon into it, and you will get a tangy twist. It is soothing, exciting and refreshing. What’s not to love about it?
5. Kashmiri tea
This tea will take you in the majestic valleys of Kashmir with its amalgamation of spice and nutrition. It is a blend of Kashmiri tea leaves simmered in hot water with saffron, dry fruits, cinnamon and crunchy nuts. The sharp flavours of the Kahwa tea will warm up your insides and provide you with the much-needed nourishment at the same time. All of us need a healthy immunity boosting drink during these testing times, don’t we?
6. Black tea
Black tea has made its place in the hearts of people across the globe. It doesn’t contain milk, and many people even skip the sugar to enhance the health quotient. This refreshing drink is now an intrinsic part of most of the cultures in the world.
Moreover, it is effortless to make. Just boil two cups of water over medium flame for over three minutes. Next, add the tea leaves and leave it covered for another three minutes. That’s it! Stay on your feet throughout the day as the caffeine takes over and boosts your energy level.
Love it or hate it, there isn’t a better drink to fight a bad cold. Don’t believe us? Just go to your grandmother and watch as she prepares a cup of soothing kadha to relieve you from a stuffy nose. It may not be the tastiest drink on this list, but its nutritional value makes up for it. You can think of kadha as a predecessor of your favourite masala chai.
8. Lemongrass mint tea
Once you sip it, you will be addicted to its refreshing properties 365 days a year. The whiffs of lemongrass that you smell from the kettle will be appealing to your taste buds and will refresh your mind. Ensure that you have it hot as reheating can result in it losing out on its spicy and rich flavour.
9. Gulabi chai
Noon chai or gulabi chai is another Kashmiri delicacy on this list. It gets its name from its colour and consists of sea salt, milk and nuts. Its nutty taste and velvety texture are unique and will compel you to marvel the beauty of the valley where the noon tea leaves are grown.
10. Bajra raab
Bajra raab is a Rajasthani speciality which is a boon for pregnant women. It boosts the production of milk in lactating mothers. It is a slightly sweetened drink containing jaggery and is very comforting. You can also add carom seeds to prevent bloating and indigestion in lactating mothers. Serve it immediately after cooking to prevent it from getting thick and lumpy.
What’s your favourite drink? Does this list miss out on anything? We are waiting to hear back from you.