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Festive & Digestive Holiday Drinks (non-alcoholic):

By The Whistling Kettle November 19th, 2021

The holidays are a whirlwind of roasted turkey and ham, decadent pies, and buttery pastries. Although the indulgence is fun, your stomach might start to feel sluggish and bloated. What to do? As always, tea is here to save the day.

We have tasty tea recipes for you that are loaded with both digestive benefits and holiday cheer. Peppermint, ginger, cinnamon and other herbs help to soothe the stomach, bringing you more comfort and joy this season. Playful additions of chocolate, pumpkin, berries and other embellishments make these recipes perfect for holiday gatherings.

All of these recipes take less than 15 minutes to make, so it won’t add any stress to your to-do list. Whip up a batch of fun, healthy, tea recipes to wow your holiday guests while supporting your digestive system. From Creamy Pumpkin Chai to Chamomile Eggnog, these recipes are sure to please a crowd.

Creamy Pumpkin Chai

Pumpkin is the flavor of the season, and this latte will satisfy your ‘pumpkin spice latte’ cravings. Chai is full of herbs that benefit digestion, such as ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and more. Black tea is also stimulating to your metabolism, to keep up with the holiday feasting.

(Makes 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP loose leaf chai tea (our Masala Chai and Pumpkin Chai work great!)
  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup milk of choice (whole milk or oat milk will be the creamiest)
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup sugar or honey

Directions:

Boil the water in a medium sized pot on the stove. Turn off the heat. Put loose leaf tea in a large infuser basket or disposable, fillable tea bag and hang from the side of the pot, submerged in the water. Let steep for 7 minutes, then remove the infuser. Add in milk, sugar/honey, and pumpkin puree. Use a whisk to blend together thoroughly. You can also use an electric frother to make it foamy. Pour into 6 small tea cups or 4 big mugs.

Apple Ginger Spritzer:

A sparkling iced drink is essential for every holiday gathering. This is a great non-alcoholic sparkling beverage for the whole family, with added digestive benefits from ginger and apples.

(Makes 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP Apple Ginger loose leaf tea (or other ginger tea)
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup plain seltzer
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • Frozen berries for garnish

Directions:

Boil the water and steep the Apple Ginger tea in a teapot for 7 minutes. Pour the tea through a fine mesh strainer into a large heat-proof pitcher. Add 2 cups of ice and stir until melted. Test if the tea is fully cooled, and if not, add more ice until cold. Add in apple juice and seltzer. Pour into tall, thin glasses and toss in frozen berries to make it look dazzling.

Mint Chocolate Chip Matcha:

Who doesn’t love mint chip ice cream? This matcha latte is just as creamy and flavorful but much healthier. Peppermint is great for digestion and matcha gives an energizing boost. A drizzle of chocolate syrup around the glass makes this an eye-catching drink.

(Makes 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP Mint Matcha powder or 6 individual Mint Matcha sachets.
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • ¼ cup sugar or honey
  • Chocolate syrup to drizzle
  • Chocolate sprinkles for topping
  • Mint leaves (optional)

Directions:

Boil the water and whisk in the matcha powder. Use a bamboo matcha whisk or electric frother to get the best texture. Melt in the sugar or honey. Add ice and let it melt fully, then add milk and stir. Prepare 4 large glasses or 6 small glasses by drizzling chocolate syrup around the inside of each glass. Now pour in the matcha latte mixture and top with chocolate sprinkles and mint leaves.

Chamomile ‘Eggnog’:

Our Chamomile Cookie tea is full of sweetness and spice and similar in flavor to eggnog. With a dash of cream and pinch of cinnamon on top it makes a festive treat. Chamomile is calming to both the mind and stomach, making this an ideal after-dinner beverage.

(Makes 4-6 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBSP Chamomile Cookie loose leaf tea
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • ½ cup half-and-half (or coconut cream for vegan)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg to sprinkle on top

Directions:

Boil the water and steep the loose leaf tea with an infuser basket in a large teapot. Let steep for 7 minutes. Remove the infuser. Add in half-and half or coconut cream and maple syrup. Mix thoroughly (you can use an electric frother to make it frothy on top.) Pour into cups and top each with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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