How to Beat the Winter Blahs: Food Edition

Cold, hard fact: It’s pretty tough escaping these über-gloomy February vibes. So yesterday was all about the heavy beats our DJ pals have been spinning to jump-start their hearts. Today’s recipe for feeling good? An extra-tasty beverage via one of Brooklyn’s coziest cookeries, RADISH. Check out the delicious treat co-owner Amy Marks whips up to ward off the blues come winter (and learn how to make it yourself).

(P.S. Keep a lookout—we’ve got cure-alls comin’ atcha all week long.)

Inside Williamsburg foodie heaven, Radish.

“We New Yorkers aren’t afraid of a little cold weather—and it’s not because we enjoy wearing itchy wool sweaters and snow boots that are, quite frankly, clunky. It’s because, at Radish, winter means hot chocolate, and hot chocolate means happiness.

This year, we’ve looked forward to the cold months with even greater anticipation. Why? The answer goes a little something like this: stone-ground hot chocolate mix + homemade blood orange syrup + a heaping dollop of cardamom whipped cream = guaranteed-cheer-you-upper.”


1. Make your whipped cream by beating 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a chilled bowl until stiff peaks form.

2. Fold in 1 teaspoon of cardamom (or to taste).

3. Warm 1 cup of milk of your choice on the stove until desired temperature.

4. Add 3 tablespoons of stone-ground hot chocolate to the warm milk and stir until melted.

5. Pour into your mug and add a little bit of our blood orange syrup to suit your taste buds for the perfect citrusy bite.

6. Top with plenty of your homemade whipped cream!

Satisfying, decadent and inviting, this creamy, cold-weather creation is sure to stave off all winter woes.


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P.S. A special treat for D.I.Y. enthusiasts: Try your hand at crafting your own syrup. Here’s how to make 1 quart.

1. Combine 1 quart of filtered water and 1 pint of raw, all-natural sugar in a small stockpot.

2. Heat over medium heat until sugar completely dissolves.

3. Add 4 orange peels (or any winter citrus peels).

4. Add ½ lemon peel.

5. Simmer at medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, until syrup turns orange in color and has a strong orange taste.

6. Store in the fridge and it should be good for a week or two.

Tip: This syrup is also great when combined with seltzer for a tangy soda!