The Perfect Warm Cocktail
As I sit down to write this I am brewing up a Blueberry Tea, my new favorite winter cocktail. It warms me all the way to the tips of my toes, and yet it is light, with just the right amount of sweetness. An expert in getting through cold winters in comfort, my brother-in-law from Canada, told me about this drink. No matter how cold it gets, this cocktail makes me feel cozy.
Last week I mentioned how good a Vanilla Speculoos Cookie would be with a Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte. Well I am here to tell you that it is a match made in heaven. This homemade pumpkin pie spice latte’s subtle pumpkin flavor complements the Speculoos spice cookie perfectly. I just polished off one of each on the front porch. What a lovely fall afternoon indulgence. And, it was so easy to make. With my method, it’s all done in the microwave. I think it turned out every bit as good as Starbuck’s but I didn’t have to make the 45 minute trek there. This is so easy, I just bet you’ll be doing the same thing, even if your Starbucks is much closer.
“There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot be much diminished by a nice cup of tea.” Bernard-Paul Heroux.
The perfect cup of tea is one of life’s simple pleasures. All it takes to make that perfect cup of tea, is just a bit of extra time. There really isn’t anything better. First, it needs to be brewed in a pot or at least a mug that you can cover while it brews. The water needs to be brought to the right temperature. For most teas that is 200°F. Don’t forget to warm the pot before adding the tea. It doesn’t do much good to get the water hot enough, just to have it cool in a cold teapot. And, of course, use good quality tea! Keep your tea in an air tight tin or container. Loose tea is best but I confess I use tea in bags for my morning cuppa. These extra steps are part of my morning routine. They are so worth the extra few minutes. Let’s face it, a good start can make all the difference in how the rest of the day goes. So be good to yourself and take those extra few minutes.