There is nothing better in a cold country like Canada, Russia, parts of the U.S.A or New Zealand like a cold beverage. This list is set to hopefully expand that by showing some different hot drinks the world over. Some are exotic and difficult to make, while others are not that hard. So take a look at this list and warm your belly up in a new way.
Hot Toddy – Ireland
This is a nice alcoholic elixir to battle a rainy, cold day in Ireland. A Hot Toddy will warm you up and leave you with a little buzz as a bonus. The ingredients include whisky, cloves, lemons, and brown sugar for sweetness. Served warm it’s a sweet drink that will definitely warm your innards.
The Dutch have a love of the taste of black licorice. This flavour is built into one of their favourite Dutch children’s candies drops and in this hot drink Anijsmelk. Anijsmelk is made by adding anise into hot milk. This combination is thought to be a sleep aid. The black licorice taste places this drink into the realm of love it or hate it without much middle ground.
Wattleseed is a type of acasia seed unique to Australia. When planted this seed becomes a golden wattle blossom which is Australia’s national flower. Wattleseeds can be ground down and used as a decaffeinated coffee substitute. In coffee loving cities like Melbourne you can actually try a Wattlecino – a cappuccino made from wattleseed. The taste is like a combination of hazelnut, coffee, and chocolate without any of coffees notorious bitterness.
Blanco is a drink that combines pineapple, purple corn, cinnamon, cloves and orange rind to make a thick, hot drink. With enough filler to feel like meal in of itself Blanco can be dated back to the Incas. This drink is often served as a breakfast along with a roll or pastry in Bolivia.
Masala Chai, India
Masala Chai is a rich black spiced tea that is often flavoured with cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and peppercorns. In India Street vendors sell Masala Chai tea all over the place. Don’t be surprised either when the vendors serve it with a dramatic flair pouring it two feet or more about the cup without spilling a drop. This drink is also popular in Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. If asked by a local to have a cup of chai tea, don’t refuse as this is seen as very rude.