There is nothing more inviting than wrapping your hands around a steaming mug of hot cocoa, cider, tea, or toddy in the midst of a cold snap! We suggest lighting a fire, gathering friends together, and trying out this delicious “Visions of Sugarplums” hot toddy recipe.
Tips for Spicing Up a Variety of Hot Drinks from Frontier Co-op:
Mull to be merry. Mulling a beverage simply means heating and spicing it. Sometimes sweeteners and/or other beverages are added, too. Mulled apple juice or cider is classic, but why not mull other favorites, like cherry, raspberry, white grape and cranberry juices, as well as red and white wines? Good mulling spices include allspice, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg, orange peel and star anise. Have fun experimenting.
Give the crock a workout. Fill your crock pot with an aromatic and warm spiced beverage and keep it on low throughout the day. You’ll have a ready-to-serve treat at any time, and your home will be scented, too.
Make an impression with homemade gifts. For simple but lovely homemade gifting, combine the dry ingredients for a special hot drink in a small jar or canister and tie with a festive ribbon. Punch a hole in a recipe card with mixing directions and attach to the ribbon. Or choose a special tea and deliver it in a pretty cup and saucer.
Stock up on cinnamon sticks. Indispensable for mulling, cinnamon sticks also spruce up hot drinks when used as swizzlers.
Spruce up your black teas. Add cinnamon sticks, orange peel and/or lemon peel to any black tea. Sweeten, if you like, with honey or brown sugar. To richen the flavor even further, add a tablespoon or two of cognac.
Enliven green teas with crystallized ginger and sliced fruit (like pears).
Think ethnic. For Spanish flair, add black pepper and chilies or cinnamon to hot chocolate. For French influence, thicken cocoas with cornstarch or arrowroot and stir in some Grand Marnier and vanilla extract. Top with a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg.
For a mocha drink, simply use strongly brewed coffee in place of some of the milk in your favorite hot cocoa recipe.
Add quality flavorings or extracts for an instant flavor boost. Frontier Natural Products offers every option from almond to walnut for any hot beverage — including milk, cocoa, tea and coffee.