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

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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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