Great Warm Drinks for Fall/Winter

Great Warm Drinks for Fall/Winter

When cold weather starts becoming an everyday occurrence as it does this time of year, wrapping your hands around a warm mug of something delicious can make you feel good all over.  While coffee and tea are great, sometimes you might want a little something different.  Here are a few warm drinks to try this fall and winter:

  • Warm Horchata– horchata is made by grinding rice and almonds and soaking them in water with cinnamon sticks overnight. An easy way to make warm horchata is to soak ¼ cup ground rice, 1 cup ground almonds, and 2 cinnamon sticks in 2 cups of water overnight.  The next day, remove the cinnamon sticks and blend the mixture in a blender until very smooth.  Add another 2 cups of water and strain the mixture through cheesecloth.  Add a ½ tsp vanilla and between 1/3-1/2 cup sugar to taste.  Heat the horchata slightly and pour into cups topping with cinnamon.
  • Savory Turmeric Tea– sometimes you want something warm, but not something sweet. Add about a tsp each of turmeric and cinnamon to a pan of 2 cups of water. Throw in a pinch of clove and a pinch of nutmeg.  Boil for 10 minutes and then strain the tea through cheesecloth.  Turmeric is said to have many health benefits as well as being delicious.
  • Apple Cider Hot Toddy– Heat a quart of apple cider in a saucepan with 2-3 cloves, a tsp of cinnamon, and a few orange zests. Remove from heat and cover to let steep about 10 minutes. Separate into mugs with about 1 oz of your favorite whiskey or rum in each mug.  Garnish with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick.

Do you have any favorite warm drinks you like to drink in the colder winter months?


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