Hi everyone! I am happy to say my cold is going away (although I’m worried it has now progressed to a sore throat but I can’t tell because I feel fine!).
Today I am bringing to you another recipe – first day of October right? Here we go, another month come and gone, soon it will be Thanksgiving and Halloween! Meaning some of my favorite things! Awesomely creative costumes, crisp, sunny Fall days and by far, the best aspect – delicious food and yummy drinks!
How does Spiced Hot Drink Mix sound? This recipe (courtesy once again from Pinterest) is a great addition to any number of hot drinks (and a few cold drinks) that people enjoy throughout Fall! The website yummylife.com suggests coffee, tea, wine and juice!
The thing with this recipe is that it is verrry open-ended, the combinations are endless, lots of different spices and sweeteners that can be put together.
Ingredients (keep in mind REALLY ENDLESS COMBINATIONS)
- ground dry spices – OPTIONS: ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, mace. Pick something which combines all of these and go with pumpkin pie spice.
- some form of sweetener – OPTIONS: Dark brown sugar, sucanat, coconut palm sugar.
- Mix together any combination of ingredients, either by hand in a bowl or using a food processor.
- Store in air tight container and mixture is ready to scoop into any Fall hot or cold drink of your choice! ( One great storage tip: If you make this with brown sugar, this mixture can harden over time. It should be fine if used up in one season. For longer storage, you can keep it soft by putting a brown sugar keeper inside the container with the mix).
Here are a few ways to incorporate the drink mix into a delicious concoction this Fall season!
- Add one tablespoon of spice mix per cup of hot beverage. Use that same formula for making larger batches on the stove or in a crock pot: 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) mix for one quart (4 cups) of hot beverage. 1/2 cup mix for 2 quarts of hot beverage. Etc. Easy math!
- By the cup, let the mixture steep for 5 minutes so everything dissolves and flavors blend. On the stove top, heat it up to a slow simmer and let it cook for 15 minutes. In a crock pot, cook it on high for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
- Orange or lemon slices make a flavorful, pretty garnish for ciders, wine, and juices. Try spiking it with a shot of rum for a hot after-dinner or party drink. Add a cinnamon stick for a flavorful stir stick.
- To make cranberry cider, use 1 part cranberry juice to 3 parts apple cider. If you use a cranberry juice cocktail (instead of 100% juice), you can mix it half and half with the cider.
- This mix is also good sprinkled on muffins, cookies, toast, or pancakes before cooking them.
Stay tuned for more recipes and more tea reviews! Cheers, Lindsay! 🙂