Thursday, 30 August 2012

Fall drinks that you may fall in love with


Hey Ladies !! 

I thought I would bring you a little something different to read. Seeing that we are getting into the chilly nights and soon with be chilly days thought I would share some of my favorite drinks.  I'm only give you a couple that are out of the box from the traditional Coffee and Tea. Some of these can be made into big batches for parties or guests. Also my friend had a great idea if you have little ones with fall birthday's, make a hot chocolate bar for the kids to make their own hot cocoa. Even some of the big coffee chains are getting into the fall spirit. So I hope you enjoy these drinks with your family and friends. Also giving you the list of spices that you can use also giving you substitution in case of those baking emergencies. ♥ KT 


Vegan Hot Cocoa 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups soy milk
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Bring the soy milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately.


Hot Apple Cider * Also is good cold as well 

Ingredients

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips

Directions

  1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
  3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
  4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.


Spice up everyday tea – Can be served hot,warm, or cool 

Ingredients
  • 5 cups. water, divided
  • 5 tea bags
  • 1/2 cups . sugar
  • 5 cups of apple juice
  • 2 cups. cranberry juice
  • 1/4. cups. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Directions
 Bring 2 C. of water to a boil, put in tea bags and set aside to steep for 8 minutes. In a large (1 gal.) container, mix all of the other ingredients (except sugar and water). Remove tea bags, stir in sugar, and add remaining 3 C. water. Add to juice mixture. 


Seasonal Spices



allspice

Allspice - Available whole or ground, it combines the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Complements sweet breads, carrots, pork or poultry.

nutmeg

Nutmeg-The warm, sweet and spicy flavor enhances baked goods, white sauces, custards, spinach and squash. Sold whole or ground.
pumpkin pie spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice - A blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, allspice and mace that's great with pumpkin, squash or baked goods.
cloves

Cloves- Found both whole and ground, this spice goes well with sweet breads, carrots, onions, potatoes, chocolate and fruit.
cinnamon

Cinnamon - With its mildly-sweet-to-bittersweet flavor, this spice is a nice addition to baked goods, stews, curries, fruit, squash, pork and beef.
Need any substitutes for anything :: Want those fall flavors, but don't have the spice on hand? 
Try these 1-teaspoon-sized substitutions:


Allspice:
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Apple Pie Spice:
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
Mace:
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pumpkin Pie Spice:
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger + 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg + 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice

 ** Spices if you can find them in the full form and ground yourself. *** Spices should be in a dark dry spot in the kitchen. Not over stove because that can change the taste and smell of the spices. 

Would love to hear your thoughts on this post !!
- Katie 



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