There is absolutely nothing like a warm, soothing drink on a cold, wet evening, in my humble opinion. The weather is a ‘changing and Old Man Winter is slowly making his approach known. The leaves have turned and are falling, and the cold, damp air is becoming a fixture, rather than the occasional feature that it once was earlier this fall.
Back to that warm drink . . . I am an equal opportunity coffee and tea drinker. And I most definitely have different purposes in mind with each beverage:
-Some form of coffee or espresso for the morning and afternoon pick-me-ups.
–Black or green tea might also feature in a midmorning work session.
-For evenings, some variety of herbal tea.
It should be stated though, “equal opportunity” should not be confused with “having no opinions” or favorites; I absolutely have those.
This Celestial Seasonings Peppermint Tea has been a longtime favorite of mine, although I have newly rediscovered it these last few months. Besides intriguing quotes and fun facts adorning the box, the ingredients (and usually where they came from) are clearly noted. This is a robust, though not biting, peppermint tea. Brisk, but domesticated.
With some added honey this becomes a refreshing and delicious treat. On its own, it is a very pleasant afternoon or evening, no calorie, no caffeine beverage. My absolute favorite use of this tea is as an after dinner/bedtime tea. I am ashamed to admit that I have a bad habit of overeating at dinnertime, but I love how a cup of this tea seems to soothe my digestion and calm my belly before bedtime.
‘Tis the season for large family meals and hours of sitting and talking to loved ones in front of cozy fireplaces, or, perhaps more commonly these days, the warm glow of a favorite Netflix film. All this eating and socializing sometimes requires a beverage that is both soothing and invigorating (with an added benefit: it can freshen your breath!). This tea fits the bill for our house.
Wishing everyone peace and warmth; stay cozy!