Not just herbal teas! 5 Indian hot drinks (which you probably don't know) to relax and warm up the colder evenings

Cinnamon, honey, star anise and nutmeg to make spicy herbal teas or to give milk a particular flavor on colder days

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The ritual of tea or hot herbal tea has now become one of the most common habits during the cold months. Just a little hot water to be flavored as desired to allow yourself a moment of relaxation. But if we wanted to add a touch of panache and originality to our evening ritual, here are 5 hot drinks you may not have known about

Spices are the secret of 5 traditional Indian drinks: a journey through the flavors of a land with millenary traditions, a fascinating mix of aromas, easy to find here too, mixed with citrus fruits or honey. (Read also: 10 drinks from around the world to warm the winter)


Apple China Punch


Warm and relaxing this herbal tea that combines two fruits, apple and orange, with spices. For 4 people you need a large saucepan to add 1 liter of apple juice together with a cinnamon stick: when it comes to a boil, continue on low heat for 5 minutes. Once removed from the stove, add the tip of a teaspoon of nutmeg, 60 gr. of honey, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 60 gr. of pineapple juice and, lastly, 250 g of organic orange juice or, for an even more particular version, of mandarin.

Noon Chai

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A delicate and spectacular rose tea at the right point. Pour into a saucepan

  • two cups of water, about 500g;
  • 2 gr of star anise;
  • the tip of a teaspoon of both cinnamon and cardamom;
  • a pinch of salt;
  • two teaspoons of ground black tea;
  • 12 cardamom pods,
  • 20 gr of bicarbonate.

Let it simmer, stirring the mixture from time to time, which in the meantime has taken on a reddish color: when it has retired, add two more cups of water and cook for another 10 minutes. The operation must be repeated one more time; then add a tablespoon of sugar and two cups of milk which will turn the mixture pink. It can be served by adding a handful of chopped pistachios and a few rose petals to each cup as a garnish.

Masala Doodh


Milk, spices and dried fruit is the unique mix of this very original hot drink. First, a coarse powder of 10 almonds and 15 pistachios is prepared, to which 4 cardamom seeds, nutmeg and saffron are added. The milk, also vegetable, is heated and this mixture is poured. For those who love very sweet flavors, a hint of honey can be added.

Masala Chai: hot chocolate with spthough


Loved by everyone, even hot chocolate can be made a spicy and pungent version. In a saucepan pour two cups of milk, 4 cardamom pods, 1 cinnamon stick. It is covered and brought to the boil; lower the heat and add 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and, optionally, 2 teaspoons of sugar. It is left to cook for a couple of minutes on a very low flame before enjoying this delicacy. Read also: Homemade hot chocolate: 10 recipes for all tastes

Hot Toddy


This infusion can be drunk both in the classic version, based on e-leaves, and in the alcoholic version, with an addition of whiskey. The first preparation involves a cup of water to be poured into a saucepan together with a teaspoon of black tea leaves, the juice of half a lemon, half a teaspoon of honey, 2 cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg powder to taste. For the more heady version, mix a cup of boiling water with 70ml whiskey, lemon and honey in equal measure and a cinnamon stick as a finishing touch.

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