Although Christmas has been and gone, it's still incredibly cold outside! If you enjoy downing a hot beverage to warm the cockles during a long day at work or hitting the shops, why not try something new for 2018 with these five interesting flavours that feature spices and liqueurs aplenty?
1. Café Mocha
Fed up with your bog-standard morning coffee? Why not add a shot of sweetness and sugar in there and make it a mocha! What's great about a good Café Mocha, like the one you can get at Jak's in Mayfair, London, is that the chocolate flavouring is very subtle. This means that you can enjoy a mocha with your breakfast, lunch or dinner without spoiling your palate! Alternatively, if you're not fussed about getting your caffeine hit and you'd rather the taste of chocolate, Jak's let you go the whole hog with their Hot Chocolates.
2. Large Irish Americano
Irish coffee might not be something you've ever tried before, so if you're feeling adventurous why not place an order with CookieShake Café in Nottingham. Their Large Irish Americano combines the popular Irish Cream liqueur with a strong americano black coffee, providing the perfect blend of caffeine and sweetness from the liqueur. Irish coffees are often a great night-cap after an evening's entertainment or as an alcoholic form of dessert, but there's nothing stopping you enjoying one mid-morning with the weekend newspapers and a nice piece of cheesecake!
3. Chai Latte
Chai Lattes are now ubiquitous across the UK. If you've heard about them but never been brave enough to give one a try, check out Roni's Bagel Bakery, who deliver exquisite Chai Tea Lattes straight to your door in London. It's a spicier, warming version of a traditional cup of tea, substituting normal tea leaves for cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper and star anise. The Asian influences combine to make a truly enchanting hot drink that's almost like a dessert in a cup!
4. Irish Coffee
South Kensington's number-one creperie, Kensington Creperie, also know how good an Irish cream liqueur can be in a fresh artisanal coffee. Their Irish Coffee is one their most popular hot drinks, served alongside their freshly made waffles, sweet and savoury crepes and homemade gelato. They top their Irish Coffees with thick cream, adding an extra layer of indulgence that allows you to drink the coffee through the rich cream.
5. Cointreau Hot Chocolate
Finally, if you're the sort of person who enjoys chocolate orange sweets, you'll simply love House of Coffee's Cointreau Hot Chocolate that's vibrant and warming. The shot of orange-flavoured liqueur combined with a pinch of cloves creates a spicy aroma that's very festive and would certainly make for an excellent hot beverage over the Christmas season.
If you're feeling thirsty after reading this, why not bite the bullet and order your very own indulgent drinks and desserts with an Irish spin? They'll be brought straight to your front door with Deliveroo.