Around this time every year, I take a deep, introspective look inside my Everythingtarian soul and ask it one question:
Why the hell have I chosen to live in Wisconsin?
I constantly have to scrape ice off my car windshield.
My car takes 20 minutes to fully warm up.
Did I mention it’s cold?
I mean, I live in a free country. Nobody is telling me I can’t run off to Hawaii and open my own smoothie bar on the beach or hop on a Puerto Rican-bound plane tonight and be lazing on the beach by morning. If I was really daring, I could even find myself a Mexican drug lord lover, move to San Diego and make illicit trips across the border into Tijuana.
Hey, at least I’d be warm.
But I won’t.
Because as much as I curse my mile-long walks to work in the winter, I know just how satisfying it is to go skating for hours at an outdoor rink with friends, come home with frozen toes you can barely feel and thaw out with a soothing, warm beverage.
While you know I love coffee, I find hot tea to be the ultimate cure for the winter cold.
Here are five of my favorites (in random order):
Devoid of the bitterness I find in a lot of green teas, this is light, citrusy and has a natural sweetness to it I love. Plus, did you know lemongrass is an anti-fungal and has been shown to kill cancer cells? Hello, antioxidants!
If you are under the weather, I find this tea pairs especially well with a vitamin-boosting dose of Tangerine Emergen-C. It ALMOST tastes like Tang. I say almost because let’s be real, nothing tastes as good as Tang.
This herbal blend is caffeine-free and made with a spiced mixture of apples, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Whenever I get home from work, you can often find me sprawled out on my bed, procrastinating going to the gym and drinking a cup of this lovely tea.
I am obsessed with this tea. In fact, during those precious winter months when I can actually find it at the grocery store, I go through at least a box a week. Decaf green tea is mixed with peppermint and hints of vanilla and cinnamon for a rich-tasting tea that is completely devoid of artificial flavors and preservatives. I. Love. It.
On those rare days I don’t want coffee or more realistically, when I’ve had 4+ cups of coffee and can’t let myself drink anymore, my customary Starbucks order has become a venti Orange Blossom Tea with 2 pumps of raspberry syrup. Inspired by Mama E’s signature drink (a venti Zen Green Tea with 2 pumps of raspberry), this jasmine green tea is flowery, citrusy and downright delish.
Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got maple tea. This past summer, I traversed the Canadian Rockies with Susan, who introduced me to the wide world of maple. While I thoroughly enjoyed the maple tea, maple syrup, maple butter and maple sugar, it was the tea that stole my heart.
There you have it.
Five delicious teas to sip when the freezing, cold, icy, frosty, cool, bitter, biting weather has got you down. They’re much cheaper than a trans-Pacific Hawaiian flight and much less risky than spending a night in a sketchy Tijuana jail with the possibility of contracting a bacterial (or venereal) disease from your Mexican drug lord lover.
Now, I dig deep into my Everythingtarian soul and ask: am I right or am I right?
Are you a tea drinker? Coffee drinker? Water drinker? Any favorites? Sharing is caring!