I'm really not terribly rock 'n' roll when it comes to beverages. I don't really drink alcohol, I'm not a massive fan of coffee and I treat myself to the odd glass of Coca Cola a handful of times a year (only when it's ice cold, and only from a glass bottle - or very occasionally a can. None of this plastic bottle/warm coke business. And definitely not Pepsi).
And so my vice of choice is, um, tea. Admittedly, the only person who would actually qualify this as a vice is Adam, who has to endure a deluge of fragrant little cardboard boxes and tins of teas falling on his head every time he opens the cupboard where the mugs are kept, but it's the best vice I can offer (on the beverage front anyway. We are not going there on my jelly baby addiction).
Favourites at the minute:
- Clipper teas nettle tea - someone recommended this when I was breastfeeding (on top of the revolting fennel/caraway stuff that is recommended to increase milk supply) as apparently it has minerals or some such - I wasn't entirely paying attention. I have no idea if the mineral thing is remotely true, but I rather like it. It feels healthy without actually tasting of very much.
- Yogi Teas Choco tea - a recent discovery, recommended by Kerry when I met up with her recently, and it's really rather nice. Gently spiced and with a hint of chocolate flavour, it's a nice winter tea.
- Twinings blackcurrant and vanilla tea - I am regularly assured that Twinings herbal tea isn't great quality, but to be honest it's very available, they do lots of flavours, and it's not too expensive, so I can't bring myself to get very worked up about it. I like fruity teas that aren't too acidic, and the vanilla seems to soften and sweeten this one a bit.
- Trader Joe's pumpkin spice rooibos - I like rooibos tea, but this Trader Joe's one is extra lovely. I think it may have been a seasonal one in the autumn (no idea really, it was delivered by a handy visiting American) , but the other flavours they do are lovely too - I have a cinnamon one on the go at the minute.
- Twinings camomile tea - I'm not fussed on the brand, but I like some plain camomile tea kicking around the place. I usually have a cup before bed. Kind of tastes like grass, but gradually it moves from, 'hmmm, grass clippings,' to, 'ooh, I need my camomile now,' and you find you actually like it.
- Yorkshire Tea decaf breakfast tea - actually, I don't buy this, I buy Lidl or Aldi own brand decaf, but they don't have pictures online. I drink decaf tea because I found that every time I used to go away for a couple of days and drink less tea because of not being next to the kitchen constantly (I work from home) I would get the most raging headaches from caffeine withdrawal. Easier to drink decaf than to remember to mainline tea when I'm away from home!
- Yogi Teas Chai tea - another spiced one. I tried the sweet chai but to me it tastes entirely of liquorice, of which I am not a fan, but this one is a lovely cinnamon/nutmeg flavour. Not as good as our yummy homemade chai hot chocolate drink that we take camping (and which has become an exclusively camping drink, seems weird to have it at home), but not bad as a substitute.
- Teapigs peppermint tea - I love teapigs tea, but I don't often buy it to be honest. Especially peppermint, which is widely available in cheaper brands. But the Teapigs one is lovely, and an extra nice treat when I do get it.
- Twinings camomile and maple tea - I like camomile with other flavours. Chamomile and maple, camomile and cinnamon, camomile and apple. Whatever, I'll usually give it a try.
For all my love of herbal tea, oddly I'm not the biggest fan of the ubiquitous lemon and ginger herbal tea (although I also love both lemon and ginger). Weird.