Mulling Options at The Teahouse
With winter’s chill in the air and snow on its way, warm beverages take pride of place as we gather around the table for a convivial meal. While a cup of tea from our broad selection is delightful any time of day, we’ve expanded the Teahouse repertoire by adding hearty autumn flavors to enjoy as the days grow shorter.
Northern New Mexico is well known for its apples, and it’s a great time of year for sipping hot cider, a traditional seasonal hit with young and old alike. The British custom of celebrating an Orchard Wassail, an offering of cider and bread in autumn, accompanied by singing and drinking to the health of the trees, is an ancient ritual, distinct from that of the better-known Christmas Wassail, where the focus is on cheerful holiday tidings. Sharing a good autumn Wassail can be as simple as meeting a friend for a sweet hour together in our serene old adobe, where a sweet cup of apple goodness is a natural partner for a slice of our tender gingerbread.
And speaking of sweet, the sweet news at the Teahouse is the many ways in which we’ve interpreted hot chocolate: chai-spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and cloves; cioccolata Italiana, ultra-thick and rich; festive Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon; a signature chocolate hazelnut brew; and even a hot white chocolate with or without a seasonal dash of pumpkin flavor. Not just a drink, this is dessert in a cup!
As day gives way to evening, we welcome a touch of spirits to warm the body from the inside out. Mulled wines are served around the globe, and through a thoughtful selection of specific spices, a homey regional comfort comes along with this typical holiday drink. Made in the northern Italian style, the Teahouse’s satisfying vin brule brings warmth and aroma in equal measure, redolent of cool Alpine nights spent lingering by a cozy fireplace. As chill winter winds blow past our Canyon Road home, a hot toddy, with its throat-soothing nature, also makes a friendly companion at our seasonal table. For those whose tastes skew further east, our Teahouse Toddy lets sake take a starring role, with its distinctive rice-wine flavor complemented by the addition of honey, lemon and hot tea.
We anticipate with pleasure the joys that the upcoming holidays will bring to the Teahouse. And we especially look forward to having our friends and visiting families share the flavors and the joys of the season under our roof. No party invitation is needed, just drop into our house on Canyon Road, open from 9am to 9pm daily, and share a taste of sweet holiday togetherness.