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Five Hot Drinks for Chilly Mornings

  • , by Hannah Lee Leidy
The darker morning hours and falling temperatures make crawling out of our warm beds a less-than-ideal way to greet the day. Fortunately, the Local Palate Marketplace offers the fresh-roasted coffees and small-batch tea blends to whip up a morning brew worth getting up for. Whether you’re an early bird or late riser, a dark morning feels much more palatable with a hot beverage in hand. And making it at home beats out anything you’ll pick up on your way to the office—both in terms of quality, convenience, and price. Wrap your chilled fingers around a cup of artisan-crafted coffee or tea, and let it ready you for whatever the morning holds.
S'mores Coffee
Few things entice us out of bed in the mornings more than a cup of coffee that brims with decadence. This S’mores Coffee from Oliver Pluff and Co. rich flavors of chocolate, graham, and wood smoke into a steamy brew that tastes like an indulgent way to start the day—no syrup shots or espresso machine required.  
Bourbon Barrel Coffee
Coffee meets cocktail hour with this Bourbon Aged Coffee from Bourbon Barrel Foods. The flame-roasted beans get aged in a retired bourbon barrel, giving the finished product notes of deep chocolate, caramel, and bourbon. The alcohol-free drink gives a nod to Kentucky’s bourbon artistry—but don’t count on nodding off after enjoying a cup of it.
Boston Tea Collection for Hot Tea
For those who know their assam from earl grey, a sampler set of Colonial-era teas will entice tea aficionados out of bed on blustery dreary mornings. The Teas of the Boston Tea Party Collection includes varieties of green and black tea leaves from China that colonists consumed (or destroyed) during the eighteenth century. Add a splash of cream and dash of Southern honey to a cup to balance out the blend. Each vial of tea comes with a side of history, for a perky and enlightened start to the day.
Night Owl Coffee from Red Rooster Coffee
If you need a little less caffeine to get moving in the morning or considering a second cup, reach for this half-caff brew. Roasted in Floyd, Virginia, the Night Owl from Red Rooster Coffee brims with flavors of baking spices, dark chocolate, and earthy notes. Mornings aside, it makes a wonderful cuppa to help you power through the midday slump or to sip alongside dessert after dinner.
Coffee and Tea: Passionfruit Peach Tea
Not one for caffeine at all? Respect. Nevertheless, you can still revel in the joy of cupping your hands around a steamy mug on a chilly day with this Passionfruit Peach Tea. While marketed for cold brewing, steeping the leaves in hot water yields the same taste of ripe Southern peaches and sweet passionfruit to spark memories of warmer, sunnier days.

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