Here is a collection of family friendly, easy and quick, hot drink recipes for your family to try. A variety of fall flavors and textures, these drinks are guaranteed to warm their bones on that cold, frosty morning when they are off to school or work, or anytime they desire that extra “something special”. The warmth and aroma helps to serve as a great pick me up, and will create a wonderful, positive start to anyone’s day.
Hot Apple Cider– from all recipies.com
6 cups apple cider
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 cinnimon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel, cut into strips
1 lemon peel cut into strips
Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan..
Place the cinnimon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheescloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle inside the cider mixture.
Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
Remove the cider from the heat, discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big mugs or cups, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa– from nofussfabulous.com
6 cups of milk
6 packets of powdered hot chocolate or 1/2 pd of dark chocolate bits
1 1/2 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice
Lots of whipped cream
Heat milk to almost boiling.
Place individual packets of hot chocolate mix intoeach mug and mix in 1/4 tbsp of the pumpkin pie spice into each.
Pour in hot milk and stir well.
Load on the whipped cream, sprinkle cinnamon on top.
Hot Caramel Chocolate– from shine.yahoo.com
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup water
6 milk chocolate covered round caramels
6 cups milk, half and half or light cream
Whipped cream (optional)
Milk chocolate covered or candy coated round caramels (optional)
In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa powder and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add candies, cook and stir until melted. Stir in milk. Heat through. Pour into mugs; top with whipped cream and additional caramel candies. Serves 6
Hot Autumn Cider Punch– from cdkitchen.com
1 cinnimon stick
5 whole cloves
10 whole allspice
2 cups orange juice
8 cups apple cider
3/4 cups lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp butter
Tie cinnamon stick, clove and allspice to a cheesecloth bag. Combine spice bag, orange juice and remaining ingredients in a large saucepan or dutch oven.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour.
Remove and discard spice bag. Serve hot.
Hot Pumpkin Smoothie– from all recipies.com
1 16 ounce can of pumpkin puree
2 cups milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
Pour the milk into a blender, add the brown sugar, cinnamon and pumpkin. Blend until smooth
Place the mixture in a pan for stovetop, or in a microwavable bowl for microwave. Heat till warmed, being careful not to cook the mixture. pour into mugs and serve.Add a dab of whipped cream if desired.
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate–from tidymom.net
1 1/2 cups of whole milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of sea salt
2 ounces white chocolate (roughly chopped)
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, pumpkin and spices. Cook stirring constantly until just simmering.
Remove from heat and add chocolate. Save some for garnishing.
Just before serving, top each mug with a generous mound of whipped cream, a few shavings of the white chocolate. Add a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. Serve immediately.