Fall, Winter Warming Spiced Drinks
According to Ayurvedic medicine, warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger and cardamom can help boost energy, warm you from the inside and help you to build your immune system to fight winter colds.
Below are few warming fall/winter recipes that I found to be interesting. I used all organic ingredients, and I hope that you can do the same.
Fast and Easy Hot Spiced Tea
This is my favorite winter drink.
4 cups freshly brewed tea
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
4 lemon slices
2 Tb honey or to taste.
Combine all ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve.
Hot tea spiced with Ginger
4 c water
1″ piece of ginger, cut into discs (slices)
1 black tea bag
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
4 green cardamom pods, slightly crushed
3 Tb honey
Simmer ginger in water for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients except honey. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. It will get fragrant and dark. Taste. You can let it simmer longer if you prefer a stronger tasting tea. Strain and add honey. Serve.
Old English Wassail
This recipe is a variation of Old English Wassail from: http://beachbakeaholic.blogspot.ca/2010/11/old-english-wassail.html
It is very sweet and fragrant. Your house will smell wonderful for hours after making it. But it is very sweet. I dilute it by 70-80% using hot water or green tea. eg., I use 75% water and 25% of the Wassail.
My children as well as their friends happened to like this recipe because of its mildness and sweetness, although they still prefer it diluted by about 50% hot water. Or may be because we don’t usually have sugary drinks in our house:)
2 litters sweet Apple Cider (unfiltered organic apple juice)
1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
4 Cinnamon sticks
1 Whole orange,
1 apple cut in quarters
3 tablespoons honey (optional)
*Stick 20 whole cloves into the orange. Add all ingredients into a pot except honey. Simmer with the lid on for 1 hour. Add honey if desired. Serve hot.
Fragrant Spiced Coffee
To make 1 cup:
1 Tb ground Coffee of your choice,
1 Tb Cocoa powder
1 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground Cloves
Optional: Milk & Sugar to taste
Combine all ingredients, mix well. Put mixture, in an expresso machine or french press. Brew as usual. Add milk and sugar if desired. Enjoy! (I don’t recommend making this as you would a traditional turkish coffee. The coffee grains at the bottom will turn into a slimy mush.)
Spiced Hot Dark Chocolate
- 4 cups milk, soy or almond milk
- 6 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped / Or hot Chocolate Mix enough for 4 cups
- 1-2 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate – Optional (This drink is fairly sweet, so to cut down on sweetness, I suggest adding this)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon coarse salt
In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients and whisk over medium-low heat until the chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is steaming hot, about 5 minutes. Serve. I adapted this recipe from Wholeliving.com: Spiced Hot Dark Chocolate and I modified it a bit:)
With the above recipes and other warming winter drinks you will be ready to tackle the winter blues, boost your energy, warm yourself from the inside out and help your immune system fight winter colds. More on that Here.
I hope that you can get all of your ingredients organic for their added benefits.
Do You have your favorite winter / fall recipes?
Do you have tricks to better weather the winter?
Do you want to share them with our readers?
If the answer is ‘Yes’ then I invite you to share them in the comments.
To a happy, comfortable and warm winter.