3x Christmas coffee and Christmas tea to warm up with!

It’s getting chillier outside. The heater gets turned up a bit, blankets and warm socks appear, and every now and then the candles are lit. The mood sets in. A nice moment to check out some good hot drinks.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee and tea are a part of our daily lives. You can’t imagine a world without it. Most people have a certain preference for one of the other. The Christmas Girls are also divided on this topic. Yardéna enjoys coffee most. Every now and then a tea will suffice but coffee is an absolute must. Carmen on the other hand only drinks tea and enjoys switching up the flavours. Lately she has been dipping her toe in the world of Latte Machiatto or even a nice kids coffee (coffee with lots of milk).

3x Christmas coffee

Coffee exists in many different varieties and flavours. There is more than just the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. You don’t have to go to Starbucks to enjoy a good wintercoffee. You can easily make one from the comforts of your home. So we wrote down some of our favourite recipes.

Cardamom Latte

Cardamom is a spice that is mainly used in Indian and Middle-Eastern dishes. It’s a relative of the famous ginger and has a fresh taste with a touch of Eucalyptus. A Cardamom Latte is a nice coffee to start the day with in the morning. Creamy and a bit sweet.

What you need:

  • 1 Espresso
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • Milk
  • Ground Cardamom
  • Milk foamer
  • Cinnamon (garnish)

What you need to do:

Add the espresso, honey and Cardamom in a big mug. The amount of honey and Cardamom depends on your own taste. Some prefer the coffee to be sweeter while others prefer less Cardamom. Try to play around with this until you have found your preferred amount.

Put milk to the milk foamer before adding it to the mug. Finally a touch of Cinnamon and your coffee is done!

Gingerbread Latte

There is nothing more Christmassy than Gingerbread. Therefore this delicious coffee, one of Yardéna’s favourites. Super easy and oh so good!

Gingerbread spice is something that you mainly find in America or England. Known because of the cute Gingerbread houses and Gingerbread men that you can make during the holidays. Dille en Kamille is one of the stores in The Netherlands that sells it.

What you need:

  • 1 Espresso
  • Milk
  • Milk foamer
  • Sugar or a sweet
  • Gingerbread spice (garnish)

What you need to do:

Put the espresso in a large mug. Add sugar or a sweet. (without also works). Foam the milk and add it to the mug. Finish the coffee by scattering a little bit of Gingerbread spice on top. Truly the most easy recipe but it’s really Christmas in a mug!

Peppermint Mocha

For those who really have a sweettooth this is the drink you have to try. It’s done in 10 minutes and easy to make.

What you need:

  • 150 ml milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1tbsp coco powder
  • 1 strong espresso
  • mint extract or candy cane
  • whipped cream (garnish)
  • Chocolate bits or candy cane bits (garnish)

The original recipe asked for an extra soon of sugar and some vanilla extract. Personally we found that a tad too sweet so this recipe has lessened the amount. Obviously you can adapt that to your own preferences. A candy cane on it’s own would work just as well as it’s already sweet.

What you need to do:

In a small saucepan you mix the milk, coco powder and sugar. When this has completely dissolved you add the coffee and candy cane. Make sure the candy cane has completely dissolved and keep stirring in between.

Serve the mixture in a big mug and add some whipped cream on top. Finish the drink by using bits of chocolate or candy cane as a garnish on top. Enjoy!

3x Christmas tea

Tea has made it’s way into every home. Originally Chinese but many countries now have their own version and flavours. From Whittard’s tea to Pickwick, Chinese tea or completely British with milk. Whatevery your preference is, you can make it your own. So here are our favourites.

Lavender Tea

Lavender itself has a nice smell and is known to be used in many households. Lavender tea however isn’t as known to everyone. Tea made of Lavender has a peaceful and calming effect.

What you need:

  • 2 tsp of dried lavender
  • 300 ml boiling water
  • 1 tea filter

What you need to do:

Take two tsp of dried Lavender. Put this in a tea filter and place it in a teapot or cup. Pour the boiling water over. Let it sit for 8-12 minutes. Remove the filter and serve the tea.

Winter Mint Tea with Cinnamon and Orange

A lovely warm drink that has become more and more popular. This fragrant tea is a delicious Autumn/ Winter drink. Mint tea is easy to make and mixes different ingredients really well.

What you need:

  • 2 twigs of Mint
  • 1 piece of Cinnamon
  • 2 slices of Orange

What you need to do:

Wash the twigs of Mint and bruise them a little. Put them in a tea cup. Boil water in the meantime. Slice 2 pieces of Orange and add them to the cup. Add the piece of Cinnamon too. Pour the water in the cup and let it sit for at least 6 minutes.

Chai Latte

During Winter time it’s really nice to sit down with a warm cup of Chai Latte. A Chai Latte is an Indian drink made of tea and hot milk.

What you need:

  • 2 tsp black tea
  • 1 Cardamom pod
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 clove
  • 1/4 tsp ground Ginger
  • 1 peppercorn
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Cane sugar or honey
  • 1 tea filter

What you need to do:

Warm the milk in a small saucepan on a low fire. Use a mortar to grind the spices shortly so the clove, Cardamom pod and peppercorn a slightly bruised. Add these spices to the tea filter along with the Cinnamon and Ginger. Put the filter in the pan and let it sit for 5 minutes on a low fire. Remove the filter from the pan. First pour the tea in the cup, then the milk. Serve the Chai with a little honey or cane sugar and you’re done!

Enough to try out. Are you Team coffee or Team tea? Which recipe are you going to try? Do you have your own favourite recipe to make during the holidays? Let us know and leave a reaction below or on our socials!

See you soon!

The Chrismas Girls 🎄

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