From gingerbread lattes to mulled wine, here are six festive beverages in Chennai to 'warm' you up to Christmas!
We might be in Chennai, but there’s no doubt about the nip in the air. Our list of warm festive beverages for December, promises to bring you a whole mug of cheer. From Jack Daniel’s paired with Earl Grey to red wine and white chocolate — sip on surprise as we wrap up the final weeks of the year.
Red red wine
Picture this: red wine simmering away in a pot with some grated nutmeg in the mix. Just as that heavenly aroma wafts through the kitchen, it gets better, with the addition of white chocolate. This is then blended into a warm indulgent smoothie, served with whipped cream, a garnish of nutmeg and fresh berries. At the Tea Lounge, Taj Coromandel. December 15 to 31. INR 850 all-inclusive. For something more fruity, we recommend the Warm Apple, Orange and Cinnamon. INR 375 all-inclusive.
Latte there be ginger
We’ve heard of gingerbread houses and gingerbread men. But a gingerbread latte — now that isn’t something you come across on a menu too often! Made with a mix of milk, spices, a few drops of vanilla extract and a shot of espresso — this cheery hug in a mug arrives with a mini gingerbread man on top! At Est, Hilton Chennai. INR 250 plus taxes.
Other cider life
Wassail or Old Farmer’s Almanac goes all the way back to the Victorian era. Traditionally served during the holidays, this cocktail is made of apple cider, mulled wine, roasted apples, sugar and spices like cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg — all put on the stove for three hours and stirred in with caramel. Add a dash of brandy or whiskey for that warm toasty feeling. At The Melting Pot: Market Café, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort. Order a day in advance. INR 1,250 plus taxes for a 600 ml Wassail Punch Bowl. December 15 to 31.
When Jack met Earl
We’ve never heard of a Christmas Tea quite like this one. Sample this: Jack Daniel’s, Earl Grey, dried grape cordial and fresh mint. But after that recipe, courtesy The Leela Palace Chennai — we wonder why we ever considered drinking tea the old fashioned way. Swap your butter biscuits for an evening toast — and hopefully, a refill! At Library Blu, Leela Palace Chennai. On request. Available through December. INR 900 all-inclusive.
Kahlua feel the love tonight?
Ginger-infused vodka with 60 per cent Belgian Callebaut dark chocolate? Yes please. This boozy, spiced warm beverage comes with a drizzle of cinnamon-infused kahlua and a dollop of whipped coconut cream on top. At The Leather Bar, The Park Chennai. On request. INR 550 plus taxes.
Oh my darling, Clementine!
Raise a glass of gorgeous mulled red wine for a splash of decadence this festive season. Prepared with a combination of clementine, cinnamon, cloves, dried figs, peppercorns and vanilla — this classic brew is a must-order this Christmas. Also available is the traditional egg nog. On request, pricing upon order. At the specialty restaurants, ITC Grand Chola.
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