An apple a day - even when it's in the form of cider
This one is very northeast American, but my absolute favourite hot drink is hot spiced cider. Cider in the US means fresh pressed apple juice, and in the autumn, we heat it up with cinnamon and cloves. It's cloudy and warm and spicy, perfect for chasing away the winter chills. My mum's homemade doughnuts are amazing when dipped into fresh hot spiced cider. And now I'm homesick ...
Picky coffee drinker goes for cappuccino
I'd say tea except it's been taken. Three times. So I guess a good cup of coffee. Having grown up in Sydney and going to a school where an Italian friend's aunt had a cafe nearby, I'm fussy with coffee. I like a cappuccino with a sprinkling of cinnamon and a teaspoon of brown sugar. And if the milk is burnt, back it goes.
Hot cocoa - but not from a mix. A tablespoon of cocoa powder, some hot milk (or soy milk) and sugar to taste will give you a delicious classic. And if you want to get creative, it's super easy to stir in a variety of flavours: marshmallow, coconut, ginger, peanut butter, almond extract. Let your imagination run wild!
A tea of choice: jasmine
Jasmine tea is my must-drink choice whenever I have yum cha in a Chinese tea house. In traditional Chinese medicine, jasmine tea helps cure constipation and pimples.
Another choice tea
Oolong tea. I grew up with it, and it's my pick for yum cha. Its smell awakens me, and every sip is relaxing.
For you vitamin C fans
I don't drink hot drinks often, so when I do, it's usually because I'm sick or have a sore throat. For those times, I drink some hot lemonade (stick it in a mug and in the microwave for 30 seconds) and a spoonful of honey. Honey has antibacterial properties, and soothes a sore throat; it's just a bonus that it tastes good, too!
It's an adventure
If you've ever seen my desk (or Instagram, or Facebook, or Twitter, or appearance in the YP Call Me Maybe lip-sync), you'll know I drink tea in a massive cup. I like to try a range of teas when I'm feeling adventurous, but I always come back to a classic English breakfast, or builder's tea. I make it very strong (I leave the teabag in), but with plenty of milk. If it's really cold out, I use a trick taught to me by a friend, who learned it from a Cypriot friend: add two cloves and a stick of cinnamon to your teabag. Mmmm, spicy!
Mine is hot chocolate, of course, but I make it more exotic with a touch of chilli and like to imagine I'm drinking it as an Aztec in the middle of the jungle.
The only way to drink British
Tea: it falls from the sky, gushes out of taps, and bubbles out of drains in Britain. I don't mean jasmine, green or Earl Grey - I mean good old breakfast tea, served in the least fussy way. Add the water, squash the teabag, serve with a dash of milk last. Always last.