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Warming Wintertime Sips


"Warming Wintertime Sips" with watercolor illustrations of a teapot, teacups and mugs of warm drinks

Inspire your cold weather reading and drinking with books on beverages and a family recipe for milk tea.

By Masuma Sarwar, Information Services Assistant, Dolley Madison Library

Some things just make perfect pairs: peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, a couch and a TV, a book and a drink. In these colder months, up the coziness of the latter by sipping a warm beverage while you read. For an even more precise pairing, settle in with one of these titles:

warming drinks book coversGuides on Coffee, Cocoa and Tea

History and Culture of Drinks

Cozy Novels Involving Drinks

Bangladeshi Cha (Milk Tea) Recipe

Try this traditional preparation of sweet, creamy tea as made by Masuma’s family.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tsp loose leaf black tea
  • 1 tbsp sugar


  1. Combine milk and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Add tea, stir, then simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in sugar, then turn off the heat.
  4. Strain the leaves out as you pour the tea into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Hot Cocoa Recipe

By Teresa Sulik, Assistant Branch Manager, Dolley Madison Library


  • 2 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 2 TBSP Powdered Sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 TBSP Cocoa Powder
  • 6 cups milk (2%; use more or less heavy cream to adjust for skim or whole)
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2/3-1 cup marshmallow fluff/cream
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Mix 2 TBSP each of butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa on medium heat to melt butter. Add hot water and stir.
  2. Add heavy cream, salt, rest of cocoa, and granulated sugar, stir or whisk a little to combine then add the milk and vanilla.
  3. Cook over medium to medium low heat, stirring until milk heats.
  4. When it is mostly warm, add chocolate chips and marshmallow fluff and stir, allowing them to melt in. Add more marshmallow, chocolate chips, or salt to taste.
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