A Mug of Warm Relaxation
Ever wondered what warm relaxation tastes like? Well now you don't have to. Here are three recipes for warm, sleep-inducing beverages we use to start off our retreats. But you'll also find them irresistible on a cold autumn or winter's evening.
Milky Sleep (for 1 serving)
A mug of Almond Milk, unsweetened
One Camomile tea bag
A sprinkle of dried Lavender leaves (optional)
One teaspoon of Honey (or 2 if that's more your taste), or Maple Syrup (for a fully vegan drink)
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla extract
Heat the milk in a small saucepan until just before boiling.
Remove from heat and add in the tea bag and lavender, if using. Let brew fro 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bag and squeeze all the goodness out.
Add the honey or maple syrup and vanilla. Stir well and pour.
Chai (for 2 servings)
2 tea bags, preferably Darjeeling
1 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp pistachios
1 cinnamon stick
3 green cardamom pods, crushed
3 whole cloves
1 star anise (optional)
Pinch of ground ginger and ground nutmeg
Combine all the ingredients in saucepan and bring to boil
Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
Pour through a strainer to serve.
Rich Hot Chocolate (for 2 servings)
80g dark chocolate, chopped
40g milk chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of ground cinnamon
Pinch of mild chilli powder
In saucepan melt the dark and milk chocolates into the milk over low heat.
When chocolate is melted, add in the vanilla, cinnamon, and chilli.
Bring to gentle boil, whisking constantly until smooth and frothy.
Pour, and top with marshmallows if using.