When the weather starts to get cold there’s nothing quite so soothing as a hot cup of … something hot. But, what’s the best hot beverage on a cold day?
The answer, of course, is a matter of taste. It’s also a matter of age, diet, geographic location and a host of other factors, but that’s not going to stop us from trying to identify the “best” hot drink. It’s just part of human nature – we live to marginalize most things by declaring a handful of other things to be better.
Don’t worry. You all get to vote. But remember, it’s not the most popular hot drink – <a title="Most Popular Drinks Worldwide" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/whats-better-tea-or-coffee/" target="_blank">we already know the answer to that one</a>. We want to know what’s <em>best </em>when it comes time to curl up in front of the fireplace with a book and your favorite <a title="Coffee Mugs & Teacups" href="http://www.atgstores.com/coffee-mugs-tea-cups_15707.html" target="_blank">mug</a>.
<strong>1. Hot Chocolate </strong>
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Okay, that sounds pretty biased, but seriously – who doesn’t love it? It’s hot, it’s chocolate, you can put marshmallows in it. It’s especially awesome when those marshmallows melt to create a gooey layer of drinkable candy.
There’s no gainsaying the power of the coffee bean. It can literally make or break a person’s day, and when the temperature drops it may be the only thing capable of coaxing coffee fans out from underneath the covers. Add caffeine to the mix and something that started out good enough becomes literally addictive.
Just because billions of people drink tea (yep, <em>billions</em>), that doesn’t make it the best hot drink in the world. Or, maybe it does. We don’t know. What we do know is that it’s tasty, cheap and comes in so many flavors that they probably haven’t all been discovered yet.
<strong>4. Hot Cider</strong>
Hot mulled cider – called <em>wassail</em> in England – is a traditional drink that sees a lot of action in fall and winter. Pour cider into a pan and simmer it with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and a little orange peel, and you have a hot drink that turns cold weather into an afterthought.
<strong>5. Hot Toddy (Assorted Flavors) </strong>
Mulled wine or hard cider? Coffee and Irish cream? The traditional hot toddy calls for whiskey or brandy mixed with hot water, tea, honey and lemon, but the idea has grown to encompass any warmed liquor drink.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you get to enjoy your favorite hot drink this winter and welcomes you to vote on which is best.