Eating Well: Hot drinks warm up cold, winter days
Outside freezing and want to warm up?
Following are a few hot chocolate variations, both made from scratch or from pre-mixed powdered versions, a Swiss mocha coffee, as well as a Russian tea concoction, and hot cranberry cider that while brewing also serves as a natural potpourri, filling the entire house with a wonderfully delicious aroma.
Try them all and enjoy.
Until next time, from my house to yours, happy cooking!
Fluffy Hot Chocolate8 tsp. sugar4 tsp. baking cocoa4 cups milk1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows1 tsp. vanilla extractIn a saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until the marshmallows are melted, about eight minutes.Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs and top off with a few more marshmallows, if you like. Serves four.
Maple Hot Chocolate1/4 cup sugar1 tbsp. baking cocoa1/8 tsp. salt1/4 cup hot water1 tbsp. butter or margarine4 cups milk1 tsp. maple flavoring1 tsp. vanilla extract12 large marshmallowsCombine sugar, cocoa and salt in large saucepan. Stir in hot water and butter and bring to a boil. Add the milk, maple flavoring, vanilla and eight marshmallows. Heat through, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted. Ladle into mugs and top with a marshmallow. Serves 4.
Cocoa Mix2/3 cup cocoa2/3 cup Cremora4 c. nonfat dry milk powder1 3/4 cup powdered sugar1/4 tsp. saltMix together well and store in airtight container. Add 1/4 cup to mug and fill with boiling hot water.
Swiss Mocha Coffee1/2 cup instant coffee1/2 cup powdered sugar1 cup coffee creamer2 T. cocoaMix all ingredients thoroughly. Add to hot water in desired strength.
Russian Tea3/4 cup sugar1 cup Tang1/3 cup instant tea1/4 tsp. clovesPowdered lemonade mix for two quarts3/4 tsp. cinnamonMix dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. Add two-three tablespoons in a mug of boiling hot water. Stir and serve with a whole cinnamon stick for garnish if you like.
Hot Cranberry Cider3 quarts unsweetened apple juice or cider1 quart cranberry juice2 to 3 whole cloves1 cinnamon stickCombine all the ingredients in a large kettle and bring to a boil. Cook for five minutes, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the cloves and cinnamon stick and serve hot.