3 Warm (Boozy) Teas To Get Cozy With This Winter

WinterTeaPhoto: Courtesy of Joy The Baker.
We may have Joy the Baker's infamous "Man Bait" Apple Crisp recipe committed to memory, but it's not the only reason we're loyal to this self-taught dessert maven. Joy's hilariously soulful commentary, undying devotion to butter, and her steadfast belief that cake is a perfectly acceptable breakfast choice is what really keeps us coming back for more.
I know nothing about blizzards. I know very little about multiple feet of snow. Cold wind? I can’t even. Freezing rain!? Are you for serious? I have nothing but respect for those of you that live in temperatures that fall below 47 degrees F. Mad respect. Also, I really like your puffy jackets. I’ve always wanted one of those, but I can’t deal with the freezing temps that go along with that sort of cuteness.
You and your snow tolerance? Badass. Me? I’ll happily hop between California sun and Florida sun and visit New York in the spring. Late spring. That said, even people in California catch a chill. It’s mostly because we insist on wearing shorts year-round, but that’s neither here nor there. Chilly temperatures require two things: hot water and bourbon (in various incarnations). Let’s explore.
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A pot of hot water + a few glugs of bourbon + half an orange, squeezed + a big spoon of honey
This fragrant orange treat is for days when you’ve got the ick-sniffles and need to justify your bourbon consumption with a dash of vitamin C. It’s like adult Nyquil without the questionable cherry flavoring.
A pot of hot water + a few glugs of bourbon + juice of a lemon + a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger + a big pinch of freshly grated nutmeg + a big spoon of honey
This drink is for those cold nights when you’re thinking, "Hey, I need some spice in my life, and then I need some open-mouthed sleeping." Don’t you judge!
A pot of hot water + a tablespoon of black tea + five whole cloves + a big pinch of freshly grated nutmeg + a big spool of honey + a splash of cream
I like to consider this a creamy breakfast drink. A punch of caffeine with spices and sweetness. It’s goodness! Of course I wanted to add bourbon, but I chose instead to be reasonable during the morning hours. Tea for me! Coffee soon to follow.

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