Here’s a fantastic winter warmer! During Noche Buena in the Philippines many homes prepare a hot chocolate with cocoa tablea and milk or cream. They usually drink Tsocolate after midnight mass because the weather is cooler around Christmas everyone enjoys a hot chocolate with their meal.
Salabat is a traditional tea popular during rainy season, when someone is feeling under the weather and during Noche Buena, a feast after midnight mass on Christmas morning. This traditional tea is simple to make and refreshing.
I remember when I was living in the Philippines, on Christmas eve the food for the feast will be ready on the table for Noche Buena. While waiting to attend the mass as a child we would sleep early and be woken up just before the mass. We would go to the mass and welcome Christmas with everyone, afterwards we would go back to the house for the feast! As we go out of the church, just outside I can see all the food and drink vendors outside selling Bibingka (baked rice cake) and Puto Bumbong (steamed rice cake). There’s also some hot Kape (coffee), tsokolate (chocolate) and Salabat (ginger & lemon tea) for the church goers to have after the mass because the weather is usually cold.
Try this recipe for a refreshing yet warming drink!
Filipinos loves drinking coffee, it’s the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning “where’s my coffee?”.
Everyone wakes up before me and makes my coffee so as soon as I’m up my coffee is ready. My husband can vouch for that…haha! I’m not a morning person and coffee perks me.
As a gym goer I drink espresso coffee as my pre-workout it’s natural and healthier than the supplements you get from the shop. There are many benefit to drinking coffee before a workout…minus sugar and milk btw. It has fat burning properties which is great if you want to loose a bit of weight, when you drink it before a workout it uses fat as energy and black coffee will increase your metabolism. Drinking coffee will help burn more calories throughout the day, it also act as appetite suppressant. Source: Men’s Fitness
Health on the side coffee is something everyone can share and really enjoy together at any occasion. Even if you are a tea lover, a good hot cuppa is something everyone can enjoy in all culture.
Philippines has a good collection of coffee, we have Arabica from the mountains of Cordillera, Philippine Palm Civet coffee and an exotic variety of Liberica; Barakong Kape from Batangas. We are coffee rich!
I went to visit Muni coffee in London who are an artisan coffee shop mainly serving premium Arabica coffee from Benguet in the Cordillera mountains. Founded by husband and wife, Julian and Jena Krause who are social conscious and source their coffee directly from the farmers in the Philippines. They recently done a kickstarter campaign which was successful and now looking for a space to open their shop. I asked them for some tips on how to brew coffee properly. Here’s what they told me.
There’s only a couple more weeks left until Christmas day..yay! And Christmas won’t be complete without drinks. So here’s a another very warming recipe that I think you would love. I served this drink at my ‘A Filipino Christmas’ Supperclub and my guests really enjoyed it!
It’s very simple and easy to make, this is enough for 4-6 people depending on how much you want in your cup really, it’s perfect to huddle around with friends and family. You can double or triple the ingredients if you want to serve it to more people.