Hot warming drinks to make you feel cosyThe power of a proper cuppa has long been known across the UK, where every entrant to the house is offered a brew. Tea is a perfect pick-me-up in most situations, but it’s good to know there are other hot drinks available.
Even the act of putting on the kettle and the promise of warmth and comfort that it brings, is soothing and calming itself.
A hot drink provides an escape from the pressures or stresses of whatever is going on in your life. If you are already used to having a cup of tea or coffee with friends, you will associate the ritual of making tea with happy times, full of laughter and companionship. Even if you are having a five-minute break by yourself, those feelings are still associated with tea and coffee. Of course, the tea or coffee itself has physical properties which also help to create a feeling of hygge.
Try a few, and see which ones suit your mood. Varieties such as mint, chamomile, ginseng, lavender or lemon. These are renowned for their highly aromatic flavours as well as medicinal qualities which help to calm and alleviate feelings of stress. A hot drink therefore has a doubly beneficial effect - a physical and psychological one. That five-minute break to have your warming cup of tea can be highly effective at increasing hygge in your life, at work and at home, alone or with others.
There's nothing more Christmassy than a proper hot chocolate, with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate dusting and a candy cane to stir. It's a very decadent treat when it’s snowing or freezing cold.Mulled wine or glögg is a great winter warmer, especially after a shopping expedition or if friends call round.
If alcohol is off limits, then a spiced apple drink can be beautiful. Simply heat apple juice with 3 star anise, 2 cloves and a crumbled cinnamon stick. Add a sliced lemon and clementine, then gently heat until hot but not boiling. Infusing for 10 minutes allows the flavours to mix more readily.