Your Favorite Warm Beverages—Sans Caffeine

April 12, 2016

Spring is here! Spring is here! Time to put away our winter boots, swap our down coats for our jean jackets, and head to the farmers market, right?!

Photo by James Ransom

Well, sort of. The calendar may say we’re done with winter, but unfortunately, we in the Northeastern United States aren’t exactly feeling the weather change just yet. Community member Trena Heinrich just moved to this neck of the woods and wants to warm up one of the best ways we know how—with a comforting, hot drink. She turned to the Hotline looking for ideas for warm, caffeine-free drinks.

What would you recommend? Are you an herbal tea aficionado? Do you love loose leaf or swear by the pre-packed tea bags? Do you have your own (not)recipe infusions?

While making a fresh batch of turmeric tea last week, finally a lightbulb went off. I used a fork to hold the root to escape orange-stained hands! To make the tea mix 2 parts freshly grated turmeric + 1 part freshly freshly grated ginger. Add freshly ground pepper and honey, taste (I go heavy on the pepper; light on the honey). Add fresh squeezed lemon; stir with a fork to make a slurry. Add a teaspoon of the mixture to very hot (not boiling) water, and another fresh squeeze of lemon before drinking. Such a refreshing way to start the day.

Continue the conversation over on the Hotline post or tell us about your favorite warm beverage in the comments below!

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Mary R. April 12, 2016
lately i've been enjoying an after-dinner drink of Golden Milk made with 1/4 t ground turmeric, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/4 t ground ginger (all rounded), dash of cardamom, almond milk, almond extract, and maple syrup to taste. whisk the spices together, stir in the almond milk slowly, pop it in the microwave for 2 minutes, season with extract and syrup. delicious and full of anti-inflammatory goodness from the turmeric.
Windischgirl April 12, 2016
Glögg! Also known as Glühwein...a red wine mixed with water, lemon peel, sugar, and spices, and heated until steaming. Serve in mugs. The Hungarians consider it a cold cure!
Girlfromipanema April 12, 2016
I love Jennifer's tumeric tea idea. They always have fresh tumeric at the farmer's market, and I never know what to do with it.
Eli C. April 12, 2016
There are tons of good naturally decaf teas like chamomile, rooibos and mint. I sometimes just pour boiling water over a cinnamon stick and drink that.