One morning Hong Kong woke up and found out that suddenly it was cold, where did the warmth and heat of summer and autumn go? (not that we are complaining but a bit of a warning would have been nice). As we find ourselves getting closer and closer to runny nose and hairy legs weather, we are also suddenly in the midst of the best time of the year: hot beverage season.
If the pumpkin spiced latte has you yawning, then Bloom Me has the drinks guide just for you to keep you toasty and warm this winter:
A popular drink amongst Melbournians, the turmeric latte has taken the world by storm.
Turmeric, often used in curries and Ayurvedic cooking, is commonly known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties, high levels of antioxidants, and phytonutrients (a chemical produced in plants that can help keep you healthy). Historically, it has been used to treat anything from toothaches, bruises, and even help your skin.
Some studies say that turmeric is great to preventing colon, skin, or pancreatic cancer (although in these studies, a lot of turmeric was consumed. And by a lot, we mean way a lot.) As turmeric is quite an acquired taste, we recommend starting off with small amounts, and working up for flavour.
Be aware, the main compound curcumin that gives it it’s yellow colour stains like nobody’s business. Avoid getting this spice into onto light coloured, and be careful of your nails as they may be stained yellow from it all (a quick manicure can hide any turmeric damage!)
You will need
- 2 cups of oat milk or almond milk (unsweetened is best)
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 3 cardamon pods (or powder)
- A small pinch of ground or fresh ginger
- Star anise
- A small pinch of pepper
Pour the milk into a small pot and put it on a low heat and add the turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon, honey, and pepper. Stir frequently for about 3 minutes until the mixture is warm (not boiling).
Remove from heat (if you’ve put in a cinnamon stick, take it out). Strain the milk through a strainer or a colander.
Add more honey for taste, and if you have a milk frother give it a little whiz to give it body.
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Chai Tea Latte
Perfect for those looking to wake up with a warm drink but cut down on their caffeine consumption, the chai tea latte is a soothing blend of spices and nices. Although only containing around a third of the amount of caffeine in one coffee, chai tea lattes unlike coffee are bursting with health benefits. The black tea is full of antioxidants, and the cinnamon (thought to promote circulation, awareness, and vitality) will help to reduce your mid-afternoon slump.
If you have more spices rolling around in your pantry that you haven’t used in forever, consider throwing them into your chai. Adding cloves, nutmeg, and even a dash of chilli can make your latte go from a 5 to a 10 in seconds, and can make you feel like a winning contestant on Masterchef.
You will need
- Serves 1
- 1 Chai tea bag
- 1 cup boiling water
- ⅓ cup milk (almond is best)
- 1-2 teaspoons honey
- Star Anise
Brew your teabag in a large mug or a teapot.
If you have a frother, whiz the milk to give it a nice froth. Add some of the cinnamon and other spices for flavour (remember to strain the milk if you’re using star anise or cinnamon sticks).
Pour the milk into the tea and let the bag sit for another 5 minutes before removing. Sprinkle more cinnamon over the top or add honey for taste.
So you’ve saved your soul by warming it this winter, make sure to save your hands from the bitter cold with our guide to having hands in winter and how to protect them.
Still can’t let go of autumn? Why not indulge in 5 fabulous smoothies that you can make at home.
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