The ski season has already sat in in Europe. This year we decided to go to Pongau near Salzburg/Austria. So last Saturday we left early morning for Leitnalm in order to avoid the heavy traffic which is quite common in that area during winter time since this little village is near from the top city of the Alps called Kitzbühl where millionairs spend their time and money with great pleasure (Schwarzenegger, Heidi Klum, Paris Hilton etc.). But in spite of the heavy snow storm we arrived safe and sound and reached our target village around 11.30. By that time our Belgian family members had already settled down in a winter chalet/bungallow! After a quick lunch we left for skiing because we wanted to regain our top forms as soon as possible with moving our rusty limbs but after one hour downhill they had already been cramped by the cold. Well…to cut my story short after the whole day round the clock skiing we felt like we really needed some hot beverage such as tea, hot chocolate etc and of course we didn’t mind if there were some alcohol in them. Here are some hot tips for a freezing cold sport weekend!
Tipsy ginger (1 person)
Ingredients: 1 lemon ginger teafilter (Lipton), fresh grated ginger, 1 slice wedge of lemon, ¼ cinnamon stock, 1-2 ek Cachaça liqueur, 2 ek brown sugar, 1 kk limette liqueur or lemon juice
Boil 180 ml water in the kettle, soak the teafilter and let it stand for 7 minutes. Caramelize sugar in a pan and pour over tea. Flavor with cinnamon, limette or liqueur, add 2 tbs Cachaça. Let it settle for 5 minutes then discard the cinnamon stick and drink it until hot.
A Cachaça, is a national drink in Brazilia.
Black cassis punch (for 1 person)
Ingredients: 1 cassis teafilter, 3 db cherry, soaked in rum, ¼ stick of cinnamon, 50 ml cassis nectar or cranberry syrup, 1 ek Amaretto liqueur, 1-2 tbs brown sugar
Boil 150 ml water in the kettle, add filter and let it soak for 5 minutes. Add cinnamon stick and cherries, pour over syrup, let it seed for 10 minutes. Then pour over Amaretto and flavour with brown sugar.
Hot aple dream (1 person)
Ingredients: 1 filter Turkish apple tea, 50 ml apple syrup, ¼ apple, 3 tbs white wine, 1 clove, cinnamon, cream and cacao powder
Without peeling cut and dice apple into small cubes. Boil 150 ml water. Flavor with cinnamon, cloves and add finely diced apple. Pour over apple syrup, then let it cook for 10 minutes. Whip cream until stiff. Strain water, discard the teafilter, and get rid of the cinnamon stick as well, spoon 3 tablespoons of white wine. Toss apple pieces into mug and serve with cream on the top. Drinking it your hot apple dream will come true!
Spicy tea with cream and rum (for 1 person)
Ingredients: 1 green tea or Chai tea filter, 2 tbs Ahorn syrup or Canadian mapple syrup, 4 tbs milk, 1 tbs brown rum, cocoa powder, 100 ml cream
Let it boil 180 ml water, add teafilter and let it settle for 10 minutes (covered). Whip cream until stiff. Pour milk over tea, add 2 tbs mapple syrup, rum and spoon over top the cream. Bestrew with cocoa powder and cinnamon.
Winter Baileys (for 3 persons)
Hozzávalók: 1 packet hot chocolate (Nestlé), 150 ml cream, 3 tbs burn caramel, 3 tbs icing sugar, 1 packet vanilla sugar, 2-3 tbs Baileys liqueur
Pour into a pan 150 ml cream, add chocolate powder, and pour over 300 ml water. Cook but not boil for 10 minutes. Mix sugars (powder and vanilla sugar). Whip cream adding sugar until stiff. Flavor hot chocolate with rum or caramel and with the Baileys.
Carnival punch (for 3 persons)
Ingredients: 4 filter (spicy tea), juice of one orange, orange zest, 100 ml raisin syrup, 3 tbs brown syrup, cinnamon, 3 tbs raisins dry, honey
Marinade raisins in 3 tbs rum. Let it set overnight. Boil 400 ml water, add tea filter, cinnamon and pour over the squashed orange juice. Cook for 10 minutes. Proportion evenly rum soaked raisins into mugs/cups and flavor with honey and decorate with orange zest.
For the non alcoholic version you can add grape syrup