Warm drinks for winter

Mulled wine with cinnamon sticks in front of a fireplace

Here are a small collection of warm drinks for winter. For the original recipes click the title of the recipe.

Warm Apple Cider Punch
serves 12

5 cups apple cider
2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 bottles ginger beer
1/2 cup honey
pinch of cinnamon
apple slices
lemon wedges and apple slices for garnish

Combine the ingredients in a large soup pot. Gently warm the punch until the honey has dissolved. Ladle into tempered glasses or mugs and serve with a few apple slices and a lemon wedge.

Kid-Friendly Wassail

2 L 100% orange juice (or a mixture of 100% juices)
1 orange, thinly sliced
5 whole cloves or a pinch of ground cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, or 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Simmer over very low heat and serve.

Hot Spiced Ginger Lemonade

2 L lemonade
1 cinnamon stick
a few whole cloves
a few whole allspice berries
a 5cm chunk of peeled fresh ginger, coarsely grated or sliced

In a large saucepan combine the lemonade, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger and bring to a simmer; cook for about 10 minutes. Strain into a glass pitcher, insulated carafe or Thermos and serve warm. Serves 6-8.

For adults

Mulled wine with cranberries

1 1/2 cups crnaberry juice cocktail
1/2 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pieces star anise
3 cups red wine (Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon)
1/2 cup fresh cranberries

In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry juice cocktail, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. Simmer for 15 minutes.
Stir in the wine and cranberries and bring back to a simmer. Serve warm.

Spiced vanilla pear apple cider

2 L fresh apple juice (no sugar added)
2 L pear juice (no sugar added)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 star anise
1 vanilla bean pod
Rum or Bourbon (optional)

Add juices and spices to a large soup pot or crockpot. Slice vanilla bean pod in half lengthwise and toss in pot. On low heat bring the cider up to a simmer, whisking often. The spices and vanilla will infuse into the cider. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Ladle into a big mug and add a shot of rum or bourbon if you’d like.


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