Single digits are only friendly when it comes to math. Nevertheless, single-digit weather is almost upon us. The only ways to fight the cold include puffy coats, fires, and hot beverages. The latter category includes drink recipes from around the world that inspire new ways to pay homage to other cultures every day. You can stick with your favorite holiday Starbucks latte on the way to work, but make sure to switch up your everyday routine with some of these unique blends.
In Costa Rica, something as simple as whole sugar cane dissolved in hot water makes for the classic regional drink agua dulce. Masala chai — a drink that might remind you of the Starbucks chai latte — originates in South Asia and dates back as far as 5,000 years, when the spiced tea beverage was used as part of the healing tradition of ayurveda alternative medicine. A common drink in America, the citrusy whiskey-spiked Hot Toddy has its origins in the U.K., and it's often enjoyed as a night cap or as a remedy for the common cold.
We at the Daily Meal decided to find out what warming beverages are served in countries all over the world — from Australia to Indonesia — and have gathered a list of classic and unique regional drinks. So the next time you feel like a steaming cup of something, look through our slideshow of 17 cold-weather drinks from around the world for inspiration.
Additional reporting by Elsa Säätelä