Warm Up with Winter Drinks

Herb-enhanced, hot beverages take only minutes to make, but these winter drinks can keep you toasty for hours.

| December/January 2012

  • These four teas and a sipping chocolate are ready to serve as ingredients for your warming winter drinks. In this photo: Caramel Apple Herbal Tea by Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium.
    Photo by Nate Skow
  • These four teas and a sipping chocolate are ready to serve as ingredients for your warming winter drinks. In this photo: Cranberry Orange Tea by Frontier Natural Products Co-op.
    Photo by Nate Skow
  • These four teas and a sipping chocolate are ready to serve as ingredients for your warming winter drinks. In this photo: Moroccan Mint Loose Herbal Teasan by Numi Organic Tea.
    Photo by Nate Skow
  • These four teas and a sipping chocolate are ready to serve as ingredients for your warming winter drinks. In this photo: Winter Spice Tea by Mountain Rose Herbs.
    Photo by Nate Skow
  • These four teas and a sipping chocolate are ready to serve as ingredients for your warming winter drinks. In this photo: Rich & Dark Sipping Chocolate by Theo Chocolate.
    Photo by Nate Skow
  • Herb-enhanced hot beverages take only minutes to make, but can keep you toasty for hours.
    Photo by Kati Molin

When days grow darker and the winds sharper, venture in from the brisk outdoors to sip herb-infused hot winter drinks. Let these enticing aromas fill your home and lift your spirits.

Winter Drink Recipes 

Mulled Wine with Herbs
Mulled Pomegranate-Apple Cider with Rosemary, Thyme & Bay
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Spicy Hot Cocoa
Elderberry-Ginger Tea
Turmeric-Black Tea Brew
Lavender-Lemon Hot Toddy 

What’s a warming herb? 



“The phrases ‘warming’ and ‘cooling’ are traditional ways to classify herbs and their actions. A warming herb is one that causes increased blood flow and a warming sensation,” says Jaclyn Chasse, N.D., medical director of the Northeast Center for Holistic Medicine.

“Warming herbs are typically used for ‘cold’ conditions such as skin disorders, circulatory disorders, arthritis and joint pain,” she says. “They also can stimulate the immune system. Ginger and garlic are two well-known warming herbs. Others include cayenne, black pepper, cinnamon and cardamom.”



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