Friday, December 6, 2013

Sharing the Joy: Friday Baking


This is the best spiced hot drink recipe I've had since I bought some from a Christmas craft fair a few years back. It's easy to make and SO delicious!

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Spiced Hot Drink Mix
By Monica Servings: 6 cups of mix
2 lb. bag (4-1/2 cups) dark brown sugar, sucanat, or coconut palm sugar
2-1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 lb. bag (4-1/2 cups) dark brown sugar
5-1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice (View recipe for making your own pumpkin pie spice at: I used the store bought pumpkin pie spice and it turned out just fine.
With food processor (recommended): Add all ingredients to food processor bowl and pulse until combined.
By hand: Whisk spices together in small bowl; then add to brown sugar in large bowl. Whisk until combined. (I do not have a food processor and so used this method. It was a lot of whisking and stirring...and use a big bowl...but it turned out great)
Store in airtight container.
--Heat 1 cup cider with 1 tablespoon of mix. Steep for 5 minutes.
--Heat 4 cups (1 quart) cider with 1/4 cup of mix. Simmer for 15 min. on stove top. In crock pot, cook on high for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
--For spiced cranberry cider, use 3 cups apple cider, 1 cup cranberry juice. (Equal parts if using cranberry juice cocktail.)
--For spiced wine, coffee, tea, or hot cocoa, add 1 tablespoon of mix for each one cup of beverage.
--For a spiced pot of coffee, add 1/4 cup of mix to coffee maker brew basket.
--Get creative! Make your own combination of hot juice (orange? pomegranate? mango?) and spice mix.
--Add a shot of rum for a hot after-dinner or party drink.
--Garnish your drink with cinnamon sticks, orange/lemon slices, or whipped cream.
Recipe is from The Yummy Life.

Always in spirit....


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