Friday, October 12, 2012

Simply Hot Toddies for the Body

When the weather turns colder, there is nothing more comforting than a warm drink by the heater or fireplace.  So, here are 3 of my tried and true favorites....enjoy!

 Hot Chocolate (REALly)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • Optional:  1 tsp flavored extract, whipped cream for garnish
Directions:
  1. In large saucepan, heat the first 3 ingredients until piping hot but just under a boil, STIRRING CONSTANTLY to prevent scorching.
  2. If desired, add 1 teaspoon of mint, raspberry, vanilla or orange extract in the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Serve piping hot, topped with a generous dollop of real whipped cream.

Spiced Cider

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • cheesecloth and butcher's twine (available in most supermarkets)
Directions:
  1. In large pot, add the cider.  
  2. Take cheesecloth and place all spices in the center, gathering the edges to form a packet and tying with kitchen twine.
  3. Place the spice packet in the pot and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Serve warm with doughnuts, cookies or on its own for a refreshing taste of autumn.

Old Fashioned Milk Punch

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups 10 year aged whiskey (I love Jameson's)
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon mace or allspice (both are the same seasoning)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients except the whiskey in a large pot.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat STIRRING CONSTANTLY.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low, and add the whiskey.
  4. Simmer another 5 minutes before removing from stovetop.
Serve warm to your 21 and over crowd.  If you want to make this non-alcoholic, it is a delicious treat for people of all ages.

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