Winding down at the end of a day with a hot cup of tea and candle whilst listening to a Songza playlist is the most relaxing thing in the world. There is no better time for it, a flickering flame, the sun going down and the reflection of fairy lights brightening on your window.
Around Christmas though, my usual pot of peppermint just won’t do. Especially when there is a hint of mulled spice lingering in the cold air, smelt while walking through cities transformed into winter wonderlands by chestnuts roasting, snow falling, magical window displays and whiffs of steaming hot festive liquids escaping through open coffee shop doors.
One wants a spicy steep just as one wants to be lulled into it’s bliss afterwards. So then, nothing better than some cold-pressed apple juice warmed up with clove, allspice, cinnamon and star anise. If you are in the Toronto area, grab some from Greenhouse Juice Co. and create a haven for yourself with this warm brew.
1 cup cold-pressed apple juice
1 liquorice teabag
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 star anise
1 stick cinnamon
A couple of thin apple wedges
Put all your ingredients in small sauce pan on a gentle heat.
Warm up the juice, until it gives off steam. Lower the heat and continue to let brew for a few minutes before serving in your favourite teacup.