I simply love to make special drinks during the Christmas Season. It's no-mess, pretty quick, yet still delicious, nutritious and heart-warming. Here are some of my favorites:
Hot Apple Cider
1 part unsweetened cranberry juice to 2 parts apple juice; add a cinnamon stick, an orange, whole cloves or allspice, simmer an hour or so on med-low, strain, add honey to taste and keep warm. OR, buy spiced cider packets (unsweetened) and add to the juices. OR, buy Knudsen's Spiced cider and mix w/ cranberry juice.
Follow the directions on the cocoa container, using non-homogenized milk and substituting the sugar with honey, agave nectar or maple syrup. Top with whipped cream, lightly sweetened with one of the above sweeteners.
Folllow your favorite egg nog recipe, substituting the sugar with honey, agave nectar or maple syrup. You won't notice a difference! It's so yummy! Love it with rum too, of course.
Candy Cane Green/Black Tea
Use bulk herbs for this. As you know, we love the herbs from these folks: bulkherbstore.com. Pour 1c. boiling water over 1tsp. peppermint leaves and 1tsp. green or black tea. Steep for 3 min. Less if you don't like it fairly strong. Sweeten with honey to taste. Also a great gift for your tea-drinking friends - give them the bulk herbs already mixed, with directions for brewing.
This is one way to bless my family without too much hassle and guilt. Enjoy!
posted by Danneca