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Enjoying a drink in the company of others is a cherished ritual in many countries. Drinks, hot or cold, are integral to many celebrations. They also provide an opportunity for welcome and well deserved breaks throughout the day.
It is a time to catch up with friends and loved ones and share experiences both profound and mundane!
In nursing homes and other long term care facilities, the morning and afternoon coffee breaks are very special times when residents may welcome relatives and visitors to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee; strengthen friendships, and catch up with peers and staff.
Here are a few ideas for drinks; hot and cold, to offer your clients for a change. These recipes include alternative drinks such as caffeine free, high protein, and international beverages from India, South America and South Africa.
Rooibos Tea – caffeine free
Originally from South Africa, Rooibos, is also known as Bush Tea in southern Africa and Redbush Tea in Great Britain. Rooibos is the only herbal tea I know of that tastes delicious with added milk.
- Place Rooibos teabag in a cup of boiling water
- Allow to steep for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove bag and add sugar to taste.
- Add milk or a drop of lemon juice.
Originally from India, chai tea is black tea and milk with added spices. There are dozens of ways to make chai.
For one cup of tea, the rule of thumb is 2:1 ratio of water and milk respectively. The easiest way to make a chai tea is by buying the Chai Blend sachets.
- Place chai sachet inside a saucepan with 2 cups of boiling water.
- Allow to simmer for 4 minutes
- Add one cup of milk and sugar to taste.
Super-food Hot Chocolate – caffeine free
- Raw Cacao powder
- Malt syrup
- Cinnamon powder
- Place one cup of milk in a saucepan
- Add one tablespoon of raw cacao powder
- Add ½ tablespoon Malt (or to taste)
- Add one teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Warm over low heat, stirring until combined.
Yerba mate – some caffeine – serve hot or chilled
South America’s traditional brew, it is said to offer "the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate!"
- Boil ½ gallon or 2 litres of water in a saucepan
- Add one tablespoons of Yerba Mate
- Steep for five to six minutes
- Drain and add sugar to taste
Super-food Chilled Chia Drink
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons malt syrup or to taste
- 1 juiced lemon
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- Mix chilled water, chia seeds and lemon juice in a tall glass
- Add malt and stir well
- Allow to sit for 15 minutes for chia seeds to swell
Irish Coffee – Non-alcoholic, can be served hot or chilled.
- Brandy or Rum flavouring
- 1 ½ cups (12 ounces) of coffee
- Whipped cream
- Place 1 teaspoon of Brandy or Rum flavouring into a tall glass
- Pour 1 ½ cup coffee into the glass, leaving 1 inch at the top for cream
- Add 3 teaspoon sugar and stir
- Add whipped cream on top (do not stir)
Warm Apple Cider Drink
- 2 litres (½ gallon) of apple cider
- 1 orange
- 6 cloves
- A pinch of nutmeg
- 2 inch piece of ginger sliced
- 8 cinnamon sticks
- Peel zest from orange with vegetable peeler and cut into long strips
- Place all ingredients into a pot and warm on medium fire
- Simmer for 25 minutes (don’t boil)
Homemade Protein Shake
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of rolled oats
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or to taste
- 2 dates
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 3 minutes. Pour and serve.
Please share your drink recipes in the comments below!