Tuesday, October 20, 2009

~warm up with these drinks~

white spiced coffee
3 cup(s)
1 cup(s)
whole organic
coffee beans, lightly cracked
1 1/2 stick(s)
(3 inches
long) cinnamon sticks
4 whole(s)
green cardamom pods
1/4 cup(s)
2 tablespoon(s)
dark rum, such as Mount Gay, optional
Place the milk and crushed coffee beans in a saucepan. Heat the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, about 7 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and let the beans steep in the milk for 15 minutes.
Strain the coffee mixture and transfer to the jar of a blender. Discard the crushed coffee beans. Add the cinnamon sticks, cardamom, and honey to the steeped milk and
blend on high speed until the spices are coarsely ground, about 30 seconds.
Strain the liquid back into the saucepan and discard the ground spices. Rewarm the spiced coffee over medium-high heat until the liquid is hot and steaming. Add rum, if desired. Pour into warmed coffee mugs, and serve hot.
Timesaver: Use a heavy-bottomed skillet to crack coffee beans and spices. Place in a sealable plastic bag before crushing.

Spiced warm cider!
1/2 gallon(s)
apple cider
1/3 cup(s)
dark brown sugar
2 stick(s)
whole allspice berries
(1/2 inch by 1/2 inch) chunk fresh ginger, peeled
whole cloves
8 slice(s)
In a 3-quart saucepan, combine cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, ginger, and cloves. Heat to a simmer and allow to cook 20 minutes. Strain into a punch bowl and garnish with orange slices. Serve warm

Ok, this one isn't warm, but it sounded to good to pass up!

Yum! A can of filling often yields more than what's required for a pie. That extra puree, however, is just enough to blend into a delicious milk shake. Mix 1/2 cup pumpkin puree with 1 cup vanilla ice cream, 1/2 cup milk, and a pinch of cinnamon. Pumpkin fans will deem this creamy treat reason enough to open a can.

This recipe for warm vanilla cider will curb

any sweet tooth and warm you up on those chilly days!
Makes 6
6 cups fresh apple cider
2 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
2 whole nutmeg seeds
1 vanilla bean (split and scraped)
6 ounces (3/4 cup) bourbon, if desired
Whipped cream
Combine apple cider, dark-brown sugar, nutmeg seeds, and vanilla bean in a medium saucepan. Gently simmer over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, and add bourbon if desired. Remove and discard solids. Divide among 6 mugs or heatproof glasses, and top each with a dollop of whipped cream and a few honeyed walnuts.
Please don't blame me for the extra 5 pounds you pack on!


a.love said...

i loooooooove cider!! oh i'm so excited to try this!!!

Sheila Rene' said...

Yummy! Can't wait to try these, I think I will be making one or two for our Halloween Party. Always great advise and suggestions Melaine THanks and keep them coming :)

The Little Red Shop said...

Yum! Thank you!

: )

Julie M.

Amanda said...

Yum Yum, I love cider, these sound like great recipe, Thanks!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I'm feeling a little "tiddly" just reading the recipe for your first hot cuppa! Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

Unknown said...

I will warm up to this drink this weekend as i am having a few friends over.

Many thanks!

Stacie said...


I will be heading to the store in the morning to get the ingredients.

I can't wait! Thanks for sharing these! :)

Basil Becky said...

They all sound wonderful..we are going to the mountains in NC for Thanksgiving. I am going to make some of these great drinks for us to enjoy!!

Traveling Ypsie's 3 said...

I have to say you come up with great recipes.I made both muffins, gave half to our neighbors who just had a new baby and my family ate the rest.I can't wait to try this coffee recipe Yummo! Thanks

Unknown said...

I could imagine how this smells the vanilla beans aroma from here, perfect for winter season.

Windy Ridge said...

Oh I am going to have to try some of these for Thanksgiving!

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