Happy Hump Day, Savvy Readers! Christmas is almost here, and each day seems to be getting colder and colder! As much as we love the snow and cold, we could use some hot beverages, and we bet you could too. That’s why we’re pairing up our favourite hot drinks with the perfect books!
Chai lattes are a great way to spoil yourself in the winter. Heat up a saucepan on the stove and pour in one part milk and two parts water. Bring that to a simmer and then add in a bag of chai, turning the heat down low. Once it’s all done, feel free to add in some sugar and cinnamon on top! Enjoy this indulgent drink while also indulging in a book that’s out of this world. The Power of Mercury by Leslie McGuirk is all about looking to the stars and figuring out what your Mercury sign is, and how you interact with other Mercury signs.
Green tea is a great drink. Not only is it warm and comforting, but it’s also great for your health! All those antioxidants will help keep colds at bay. Elemental Energy by Kristin Petrovich is all about combining crystals and DIY skincare. This healthy combo will keep you looking great and feeling great while everyone else is nursing their turkey hangovers.
Nothing quite says cold months like hot apple cider. It’s warm, cinnamon-y, and oh-so-good! Pair this classic hot drink with a classic book with a twist. Art in the Blood: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by Bonnie MacBird is a continuation of the Sherlock Holmes adventures. Follow along as he solves new mysteries with Watson at his side!
Curl up by the fire with some mulled wine. Pour some wine, a sliced orange, sugar, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Let it simmer for fifteen minutes. Strain, pour in a glass, and add your favourite garnishes. This drink is perfect paired with A Night in With Grace Kelly by Lucy Holliday. Libby Lomax feels her chance with her soul mate/best friend is slipping away, but becomes hopeful again when she meets Joel. Will she find her true love??
Hot chocolate is always fun during the holidays. Throw in some chocolate chips to melt and mini marshmallows to float on top, and you have the perfect chocolate drink! The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is just waiting to be read as you snuggle up with your blankets. Stay cozy as you become transported to the Kingdom of the Tearling and read the conclusion to this incredible trilogy!
Eggnog is one of those drinks that seems to only ever pop up during the holidays. Feel free to pick up pre-made eggnog, or make your own. Celebrate this time with family with Moonglow by Michael Chabon! Chabon’s faux-memoir puts a spin on reality and draws us into a family that seems to reflect his own, while also being fictitious.
A mint hot cocoa float is a cool spin on an old favourite. Make some hot chocolate and take a scoop (or two) of mint chocolate chip ice cream and plop it on top. This hot and cold combo is the perfect companion to The Fireman by Joe Hill. This thriller story about a plague that literally sets you on fire from the inside will keep you reading late into the night!
A warm hazelnut toddy is great if you have that hazelnut craving but don’t want the chocolate that comes from Nutella. This exotic drink is wonderful paired with The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. Be transported to Ireland as you sip your hot toddy before bed, reading about the mysterious Anna O’Donnell and her apparent miracle. Or is it a murder? Read on!
Drink some hot buttered rum while you plan out your bucket list. This beverage will keep you warm and satisfy your sweet tooth as you peruse through The Great Global Bucket List by Robin Esrock. Discover new places and new things to do, and maybe even plan your next trip!
For something ultra-luxe, try a spiced coconut vanilla steamer! This delicious frothy drink will take you away from the chill of winter to the sunny Caribbean! Okay not really, but you can pretend you’re on a beach while reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, even if you aren’t. This book of family drama will take you away from all of the craziness of the holidays and paired with this drink, you’ll think you’re relaxing far, far away from all of it!
This hot chocolate is for adults only! Indulge in this delicious Kahlúa hot chocolate while reading an equally dark and delicious novel. Replace those ghost stories with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. This dark story is no fairy tale. Read about triplet queens who are destined to fight for the right to rule their entire island, to the death.
What are you drinking while you read this time of year, Savvy Readers? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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