There’s nothing better than sipping on something warm while enjoying the holidays, or any day really. I’m not sure when it happened but I have a tea collection that would rival most – it’s my go to for days when I just need to relax. I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite flavours for the holidays.
Gingerbread Rooibos Tea
If I could drink only one flavour of tea for the rest of my life, it would be this loose leaf Gingerbread Tea from Davids Tea. This holiday tea that’s on my wish list every season and tastes as good as it smells. It’s a caffeine free treat that goes great with some post-dinner cookies.
When Harry Met Megan
I love a good local success story, and this one is really close to home for me. The tea shop, T By Daniel, is run by a husband and wife duo in my hometown and their tea is fantastic (and now ships to Canada and the US). The flavours are all unique, along with the names. My all time favourite is When Harry Met Meghan, served to the royal family on their visit to Canada. Chocolate and strawberry, what’s not to love?
If you’re ever visiting the area definitely give the in house special, Lion’s Chai, a chance!
Tazo Vanilla Rooibos Full Leaf Tea
When I found out I was pregnant I tried to limit the amount of caffeine I drank. I went from 4-5 cups of tea or coffee a day, to drinking only herbal or low-caffeine teas. I love all the Tazo tea varieties, but I’ve been drinking the Tazo Vanilla Rooibos for years and it will forever remind me of growing up. This is another great fall and winter tea with vanilla, apple and peach flavours that make for a good warm or cold beverage.
Is there anything like the hot chocolate that you get at an arena? For years I would buy the best hot chocolate flavours from Starbucks but they always fell short. A few weeks ago I found out that Costco has a huge container of Nestle Carnation Hot Chocolate and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it tasted exactly like the stuff at the arena. There’s not fancy packaging or fancy ingredients but it’s the best hot chocolate I’ve had in years, plus it’s affordable and comes in bulk.
Homemade Apple Cider
Sometimes I like to mix it up and try something new, this recipe comes as a result of my husband thinking 20lbs of apples was “just enough” for the two of us. This is one of my favourite recipes for spiced apple cider, the best part is sticking everything in the crock pot and forgetting about it for a few hours. Not only does it smell like Christmas, you can also freeze it for later.