When its cold outside I like my drinks hot so I tend to have a lot of tea. I also simply warm water and drink that pain or with lemon but if you really want to warm things up using warming spices and herbs is a great way.
I love the taste and smell of ginger and cinnamon is wonderful too. I never thought of putting them together until I had a little cold this Fall and found this Ayurvedic recipe. I generally thought of cinnamon as something to use in sweet food applications. However is is a heating spice and and has a great many uses.
Ginger and cinnamon both have heating qualities so having them together with hot water is triple threat to cold! You can use powdered in a pinch but if you have fresh ginger and cinnamon sticks that is best.
Take a sauce pan and add about 6 cups of water, heat with thinly sliced fresh ginger, and about 2 cinnamon sticks should do it. If you are a naturally cold person or suffering from a cold, use more. If you run hot, use less. Heat to almost boiling then let it rest for 10 minutes or longer if you like it stronger. If you like add a squeeze of fresh lemon or a tsp of raw honey when serving.
Cold weather – think WARM drinks!