Book Pairing of the Week: Howl’s Moving Castle

After finishing NOS4A2 by Joe Hill, I was excited to read something a little lighter and less murder-y. I was explaining Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones to someone, and she said, “Wait. So you’re reading another book in which some magical man with a magical vehicle who kidnaps young people and feeds off of their youth?” To which I replied, “Allegedly kidnaps young women and eats their hearts. Sheesh.” I guess I am still on my murder kick. Heck, American Psycho is up next.

But for now, I’m drinking up my “Poor Sophie” tea. I knew that I had to pair this book with tea, in honor of poor old Sophie trying to get comfortable with a hot drink. I found a tea at The Coffee and Tea Exchange called “The Magic of Roses” and knew that it was the tea for the job.

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If the tea is for Sophie, the flavor is for Howl, ever magical and ever romantic. It’s sweet and floral and fruity, and it brews a deep red color. I made two cups of it, and I feel like I’m drinking one of his cloaks.

To this tea, I added some honey (about one tablespoon) for sweet Lettie and some Fireball (one and one half ounces) for Calcifer, the fire demon who steals the show.

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The result is a sweet drink with a fiery kick behind it. It’s warm and tastes like magic.

It’s a pretty simple book, and it’s a pretty simple pairing. But delicious nonetheless.

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