When the weather gets cold and snow begins to fall, there’s nothing better than hiding at home in front of the fireplace, enjoying a lovely warm winter beverage. Here we have some mulled wine, which is one of my favorites, but there are lots of drinks to choose from to keep warm. Hot chocolate is an excellent choice and anything with whiskey is guaranteed to add a little extra burst of warmth as well. I’m probably jumping ahead of myself, as the holidays are still quite a few days off, but I adore the coming season and can’t wait for all the wonderful once-a-year treats that come with it. Eggnog is another drink I look forward to as well. The kind you make at home as the grocery store kind is bizarre and has the consistency of house paint. But mulled wine wins the race for it’s perfectly fabulous blend of all the best holiday ingredients in a single glass.
Halloween is actually the next season up, but without a party to attend or a proper costume, it’s less of an attraction this year. My city neighborhood has no kids in it, so there won’t even be knocks at the front door. At least, I hope that’s still the case, as if anyone did they’d be horribly disappointed at the lack of candy and likely too young for a glass of mulled wine. I kind of miss living in a trick-or-treat neighborhood, though, since it’s fun to see all of the various costumes. It’s really quite adorable to see the littlest kids enjoying it for the first time. Tiny ones, who are still having trouble pronouncing their “r’s”, but with faces that light up with fascination every time they get candy just for showing up. Not sure the lesson we learned there, but I remember it being a fantastic experience and one I looked forward to every year.
These days, I just love a nice warm drink to take the chill off the cool autumn air. The only thing that bothers me about the upcoming season is that the days get so incredibly short. It’s dark when I wake up and sometimes getting dark by the time I leave work. But I guess it’s just a form of human hibernation, not feeling the pull of light to make you feel bad about being lazy. Snuggled up under a blanket, reading a book instead of working on that report that’s due in the morning. Or, finally binge watching something that’s been sitting in the Netflix queue for weeks. It’s the season to slow down a bit and enjoy time doing things that would have seemed wasteful in the summer months. And that’s why I love this time of year. It’s time for slow evenings with people you love most and, best of all, the delicious comfort of warm winter drinks.