Home Style Cooking

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Winter Warmer

Hot Drink

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It's cold! This hot drink is perfect for after school snacks or as a treat anytime. It does well at any event on a cold day. The plus is that not only does it taste good but it is good for you as well.
Another benefit is that as you are simmering this mixture your whole house will smell wonderful.

It's an old decorator's trick to simmer cinnamon and cloves in a large pot of water to give a warm and inviting winter scent to the house. Especially if you are trying to sell your home.

For a party you might keep it warm in a crock pot.
And for an alcoholic version you can adapt as you see fit try this.

You will need:

  • 1 quart of apple juice or apple cider
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon


Place all ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan and simmer for 15 or 20 minutes.
To serve, remove the cloves and the cinnamon stick and place in mugs.
You can top it with slices of fresh orange if you wish and some people place individual cinnamon sticks in each mug.

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