17 Drinks To Warm Up Your Winter

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Right now, siitting at my desk looking out my window.  I am watching the last of the Biker’s working their way off the island.  With the rain yesterday, I thought most of them would have left.  They seem to be pretty hearty.  And all they did was to bundle up.   Especially since our temperatures are a lot lower today.  This is a good reminder that even colder weather is right around the corner.  Time to get ready!

I need to get  our coats out of storage.  Have Jim get logs for the fireplace.  Today I am thinking about more  hearty meals and hot drinks that we can have after dinner to ward off that chill and get us ready for bed.   So as they say “Google is your friend.”  Right of the bat, I found hot drink recipes on Better Homes & Gardens. Drinks like hot chocolate and  flavored teas.  Some of these drink recipes can even be  made in the slow cooker!  That would work great for parties!

So here are two recipes I really like.  The link for the others are down below! 

Hot Buttered Cider

 

 


Makes 10 Servings

 

Ingredients

  • 8 cups apple cider or apple juice
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • Peel from 1 lemon, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish(optional)

Directions

  1. Combine cider and brown sugar in a large saucepan. For a spice bag, tie cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and lemon peel in a 6-inch square of 100 percent cotton cheesecloth. Add spice bag to cider mixture. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove and discard spice bag.
  2. Top each serving with 1/2 teaspoon butter and serve with a cinnamon stick stirrer, if desired. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

 

To make a hot buttered rum drink, add 1/2 cup rum to this recipe.  Or just had 1 1/2 teaspoons of rum extract.  After discarding spice bag, chill cider and reheat to serve. Or, keep prepared cider warm in a crockery cooker on low-heat setting.

Spiced Black Tea

 

 
Makes:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1  1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1  3-inch stick cinnamon
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Lemon slices (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In large saucepan combine water, sugar, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise. Bring to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and strain. Return mixture to saucepan.
  2. Add tea bags. Steep 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Stir in pomegranate juice and lemon juice. Return to heat; heat through. Serve with lemon slices and cinnamon sticks. Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.

If you can’t find star anise, you can use anise seeds.  Pomegranate juice adds healthy antioxidants to this cinnamon-spiced tea.

More Drink Recipes!

 

Enjoy!

Marcey

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One thought on “17 Drinks To Warm Up Your Winter

    pinkiebag said:
    November 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Oh I’m going to try the spiced tea, thanks for sharing.
    http://pinkiebag.com

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