My Favorite Winter Beverages
By Jeff Salter
Gosh, this topic will be difficult to respond to unless I clarify a few things first. If it’s wintertime and I’ve been inside all day (and not ventured out into the cold weather), I’m just as likely to drink the very same things, in the same amounts, as I would during a typical summer day — coffee in the mornings, water or juice in the afternoons and evenings, and (often) a bit of iced tea after my nap. I also love milk shakes… and (to me) they taste just as good in January as they do in July.
The one winter beverage that I used to drink a bit is the very seasonal egg nog. Not sure why, but I haven’t had any egg nog in a long time, but I still remember the delicious, rich flavor. Yum!
So, I guess I should say that the following are beverages I particularly enjoy when I’m either out in the cold weather… or have just come inside after being cold outside.
Hardly anything tastes as good to my body and soul as a cup of hot cocoa after I’ve rushed in from trudging through snow or ice (or cold rain). It’s not only pleasing to all the senses, but has the extra “value” of seeming to properly honor traditional values somehow. Almost as though it harkens back to an earlier time, something more primitive — perhaps around a hundred years ago or so. Am I truly honoring history by sipping hot cocoa after trudging through the snow? Probably not. But it makes me FEEL traditional and comfortable, as though I could step into a 1940 Norman Rockwell painting.
Okay, if cocoa is my beverage AFTER coming in from the cold, I must say that hardly anything tastes better while staying outdoors watching a long, tedious pre-teen winter soccer game… than a steaming cup of coffee. The downside of drinking coffee at a soccer game is that you’ll soon need a “facility” and there’s nothing near those soccer fields except MAYBE a port-a-let. And perhaps not even that.
Let me add here – since at least one of the Foxes mentioned that drinking coffee in hot weather seemed unusual – that I need my morning coffee, no matter if I’m hacking through a tropical jungle or perched on an Arctic glacier. Yeah, your innards do respond slightly differently to hot coffee when your outsides are already sweating from heat and humidity… but caffeine is caffeine, folks.
Another of the Foxes mentioned something about coffee tasting bitter or otherwise unpleasing. Well, yeah, unless you stir in some sugar and pour in a dollup of creamer. [Actually I don’t use creamer or milk, myself, however].
I got started drinking coffee as a 17.5 year old freshman at Mercer University in Macon GA. It was the cheapest drink at the campus co-op (10 cents per cup) and you got free refills. A cola was (I believe) about double or more that price and you paid for each serving.
What about YOU? Is your favorite winter beverage any different from your favorite summer drink?
[JLS # 314]