Embracing Hygge with Warming Drinks
Hygge, pronounced "hue-gah", is a Danish word, with no literal translation in English, but is roughly the concept of coziness. In Denmark, hygge is a crucial to surviving long winter days.
Hygge embraces staying in, alone or with loved ones. It's transforming your space into one that's tranquil and inviting. It's dimming the lights, and burning candles simply for their wonderful soft glow. It's curling up under your softest blanket and reading your favorite book. Sitting around with friends and family while the fireplace crackles, laughing and telling stories.
Hygge is putting on your comfiest sweater and slippers, and sipping a mug of something warm and steamy. Try some of these warm drink recipes and get into the hygge spirit.
Warming Drink Recipes
•1 tsp ground turmeric
•1 tsp ground cinnamon
•1 tsp ground ginger
•Pinch of black pepper
•4 cups water
•Optional - honey and/or milk of choice
•Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Meanwhile, measure spices into quart sized mason jar, or large tea pot.
•Once water is boiling, turn off heat and pour into container with spices.
•Steep for approximately 15-20 minutes, until spices have settled to the bottom of the container.
•Pour tea into mugs, pour slowly and there is no need to strain out spices, as they will remain on the bottom of the container.
•Add in honey or milk if using and stir to combine. Any milk works excellent here, from whole dairy milk, to coconut milk.
Almond Milk Chai Latte
•2 cups unsweetened almond milk
•2 chai tea bags
•2 tbsp maple syrup
•1/2 tsp vanilla extract
•1 tsp cinnamon
•1 tsp ground cloves
•1 tsp ground nutmeg
•In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the nut milk until it just starts to simmer, then immediately remove from heat.
•Add chai tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags, then add the rest of the ingredients and whisk well to combine.
•Taste and adjust sweetness or spice to your liking, then pop it back over low heat for a few minutes until warmed through. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend for 20-30 seconds, until frothy, then transfer to either one or two mugs.
Citrus Spiced Tea
•8 cups water
•4 black tea bags
•3 oranges sliced
•2 lemons sliced
•2 cinnamon sticks
•8 whole cloves
•½;; teaspoon nutmeg
•½;; cup sugar (to taste)
•In a pot, combine the water, oranges, lemons, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for about 5 minutes and remove from heat.
•Add the tea bags into the mixture and allow to steep covered for about 5 minutes. Remove the fruit, spices and tea bags
•Taste and adjust sugar to taste. Serve immediately, reheat if necessary.