Six Of The Best Hot Winter Drinks

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  1. Rachel Qian

    Rachel Qian Curriculum R&D Teaching Specialist

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    Six of the best hot winter drinks
    As the weather gets colder, Time Out picks the best toasty sips in town
    From Timeout Shanghai


    [​IMG]Senator Saloon’s winter apple cider72RMB
    Everyone’s favourite ex-cop and firearms expert from Portland, Oregon has a new winter drinks menu at everyone’s favourite speakeasy-style bar, Senator Saloon. David Schroeder’s warming throwback cocktails include an Aspen (72RMB) with fresh-pulled espresso, Bailey’s, Kahlua and Frangelico, while for his two hot cider drinks he’s infusing fresh apple juice from YOLO with clove, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. The winter apple cider (72RMB) adds spiced rum and bourbon to the mix for a perfect winter blues remedy.

    [​IMG]hoF’s Irish cream Bailey’s hot chocolate 46RMB
    At 46RMB it’s hardly a budget option, but we still find it difficult to resist this Baileys-powered hot chocolate at one of our favourite dessert and hot drink spots, on Sinan Lu. The milk chocolate drink is richer than many elsewhere and they serve the Baileys in a shot glass so you can choose how much to put in. The result of pouring all of it in at once is a super-smooth drink that doesn’t taste overly boozy, just luxurious.

    [​IMG]House of Roosevelt’s glühwein 80RMB
    The swanky Bund-side House of Roosevelt’s warming winter glühwein has an ingredients list longer than both your arms, boasting (deep breath) Havana club rum, Grand Marnier, orange juice, orange peel, cinnamon, dark brown sugar, rosemary leaves and merlot. Admittedly, after all that lot is mixed together the finished result still just looks like a hot red wine, but the blend is top class, going down like a more zesty mulled wine. Coupled with the venue’s service of providing scarves for chilly rooftop bar visits, it’s a great one for braving the elements with.

    Non-alcoholic

    [​IMG]Charmant’s Belgian hot chocolate28RMB
    A far daintier affair than some of the mega-cups available around town, the hot chocolate at Huihui Zhong Lu’s fabulous Taiwanese eaterie is a classy treat. Served very hot but not close to scalding temperature, and in a small coffee cup, the drink is gloriously smooth yet thick enough to make it feel and taste like you’re drinking a molten Belgian chocolate pudding. It comes served with a few mini marshmallows you can throw into the melt – it’s a winner with them or without.

    [​IMG]Starbucks’ gingerbread latte 30-38RMB
    Winter is when the coffee mega-chain tends to shine brightest, and 2013 is no different as Starbucks reveals its Christmassy drinks. There are three: a cranberry white chocolate mocha, a toffee nut latte and a gingerbread latte, and it’s the latter that we find the most effective warmer. With shots of gingerbread syrup and topped with whipped cream and nutmeg, it’s a delicious twist on the standard latte and comes priced 30, 32, 35 or 38RMB depending on size.

    [​IMG]Hengshan Café’s boiled Coke with lemon and ginger 16RMB
    This Cantonese chain (branches on Hengshan Lu, Xietu Lu and Jiangsu Lu) might not seem like the spot to find cosy winter drinks, but they’ve got a great curveball. Their boiled Coke with lemon and ginger is a fizz-up-the-nose surprise, served warm (rather than boiled as the name suggests) with generous slabs of ginger and a lemon slice that combine to give a rousing pep-up. Perfect for party season hangovers.
     
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    Kathy Pacican Teacher

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    I have always wanted to try boiled Coke. Maybe that's where I will go next Sunday.
     
  3. Nicole

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    Ian and I first had Jiang Cola in Lijiang three years ago, it was delicious and if it's not over boiled it still manages to keep some of its bubbles. Ian now swears by it as a cold remedy! :coffee:

    Just to add another Winter warmer to the list, one of teachers last year suggest that I add a dash of cayenne pepper to my cafetiere when making black coffee. I have never looked back!
     
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    I usually lose my voice around this time of year, and an old teacher taught me the medicinal value of a hot toddy. Hot tea, lemon juice, honey, and a touch of whiskey works wonders!! (It even works without the whiskey).
     
  5. Kathy

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    Another thing that can help is adding honey and cinnamon to a cup of boiling water. The honey is great for a sore throat and the cinnamon can help with nasal congestion.