One of my favorite things to do during the cold dark days of winter is to curl up in a blanket with a warm winter drink. Lately, I’ve been partaking in NaNo which means I’ve consumed a lot of warm liquids (mainly teas) to keep me focused while I write throughout the day. This event has inspired me to create a post where I can share a few of my favorite non-alcoholic winter/holiday drinks with you. A lot of the following drinks are actually meant to help me sleep at night after spending a day writing. Often, my brain is a buzz with so many ideas that I overwhelm myself and I have trouble falling asleep. The one thing all my favorite drinks have in common is that they make me feel cozy, warm and festive!
Warm Coconut Milk with Honey and Cinnamon
I’m not going to lie. This is one of my favorite warm drinks that I drink all year round when I struggle to fall asleep. All you have to do is warm a cup or two of coconut milk in a sauce pan, sprinkle with cinnamon (which can act like a mild sedative) and stir in one or two spoonfuls of honey. It is a delicious drink to have before bed to help you drift off into dreamland. I can’t drink a lot of dairy so I chose coconut milk. You can still use cow’s milk, goat’s milk, soy milk or almond milk and still have the same effect.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
All you need for this drink is hot chocolate powder and peppermint extract. Follow the directions on the hot chocolate package or can. Add a few drops of peppermint extract to your beverage (remember that peppermint is quite strong so be careful not to add too much). Top your drink off with a scoop of whip cream and crushed candy cane bits or cinnamon!
Sleepy Time Tea
This tea is made by Celestial Seasonings Wellness Tea. It is made up of chamomile, spearmint, lemongrass, hawthorn, tilia flowers, orange blossoms and Valerian. The majority of these herbs help to calm anxiety and relieve stress. The key ingredient for me is Valerian which is a sedative, antiseptic, migraine treatment, pain reliever and helps you fall asleep. I don’t drink this when I intend to do some writing. I usually have this team while I read or watch a movie before bed or to settle my brain after a long period of creativity.
Roasted Dandelion Root Tea
Traditional Medicinal Teas have a Roasted Dandelion Root Tea that I absolutely love. I drink it almost every morning. This tea helps to relieve digestion which makes it a great evening drink as well. I, however, really enjoy its roasted nutty taste in the morning with breakfast. I don’t drink coffee so I find this a good breakfast substitute. If you like the roasted taste of coffee, try out this tea!
I really enjoy apple cider especially around Halloween and Christmas. The mulled spices in Apple Cider always makes my house smell nice and festive when I simmer it on the stove top. I wrote a quick blurb on how I make Apple Cider on a earlier blog post. I find that apple cider calms my body but alerts my mind and is one of the tastier drinks on this list!
What are your favorite non-alcoholic seasonal drinks?