Warming Winter Drinks for Cold & Chilly Days
Create these cozy drinks at home to help stay warm during these chilly days.
Creamy Hot Chocolate (serves 4)
1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup of sugar
1 pinch of salt
1/3 cup of boiling water
3 ½ cups of milk
¾ t vanilla extract
½ cup of half-and-half (optional)
Boil water in teakettle or pot. In a separate saucepan combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt. Add boiling water and bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it does not scorch. Stir in 3 ½ cups of milk and heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs (or save the rest for later). Divide the half-and-half into each mug of cocoa to cool it to drink.
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate (serves 1)
1 cup milk
1 T peanut butter (creamy)
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 T sugar
1 t vanilla extract
½ t cinnamon
In a small pot, whisk together milk, cocoa powder, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and then add peanut butter—stirring until well combined and no clumps.
Honey-Ginger Tea (serves 1)
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled
1 tea bag of green tea (or your favorite tea)
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 T honey
1 cup boiling water
Grate ginger using the large holes of a cheese grater to equal 1 Tablespoon. Place in a tea bal or cheesecloth. Place tea bag, ball of ginger, lemon juice and honey in teacup, add boiling water. Cover and steep for 3 minutes. Remove anddiscard tea bag and ball of ginger to enjoy.
Apple Citrus Cider (makes 4 ½ qt.)
1 gal. apple cider
2 cups orange juice
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 ½ t whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Bring apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, orange slices, lemon slices, cloves and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Then, discard solids to enjoy.
Recipes courtesy of allrecipes.com, myrecipes.com and eatliverun.com