Because of my food aversions and intolerances, my food choices are limited. All those coffee drinks sound so decadent, but I do not tolerate caffeine or dairy well, nor do I care for the bitter aftertaste of coffee. My tolerance for caffeine and alcohol are limited to a shot glass of the least potent of their selections.
My favorite drink at our local coffee shop, (and a staple for critique group meetings) is a chai tea. I love the spiced flavor and the warmth. (I purchased a make at home version and found it tasted disappointingly of pepper. After studying the ingredients, I discovered the mix did in fact include black pepper. Blech.) Sometimes it helps make the ‘you have a lot of work to do’ critiques a little easier to digest.
Unfortunately I found that my favorite drink gave me headaches about three hours after drinking it. Conveniently this was the same time that my kids got home from school and was not the best combination. After much elimination, I discovered that the headaches came from the soy milk that I was using to replace the regular milk. You can imagine my excitement that my coffee shop now offers almond milk. I can enjoy my favorite drink with no headache. Yay!
When at home, I enjoy peppermint tea and I’ll try to brew my own chai occasionally. My own versions are never as good as the coffee shop ones. They are professionals and boiling water is a test of my cooking skills.
I also love large cups of hot chocolate, but therein lies several problems. Most mixes include or require dairy. (I found a yummy one and Walmart stopped carrying it. Grrr.) Some you can add water for satisfying results and some are just gross. The second problem is that if I go for the truly ginormous mug that I want, I have a queasy stomach later. Sigh. The third problem is that if the kids are home they will want some too, which inevitably requires half a container of mix, six soiled mugs, eight spoons, at least one spill on the floor and/or counter, and the discovery that we do not have any whipped cream or marshmallows. All to be followed with the fact that they didn’t like it or they forgot to drink it.
All this makes for my favorite drinks being a delightful and rare splurge.