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Cozy Tea-Toddy

cozy tea toddy mocktail with cinnamon sticks

Makes 8 servings  |  Prep time 10 minutes  |  Cook time 30 minutes or more

Ingredients

  • 8 cups boiling water
  • 8 bags tulsi (holy basil) tea, or 1/3 cup loose dried tulsi
  • 4 thin (about 1/8 in.) slices fresh gingerroot
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star-anise pods
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Honey, to taste

Directions

  1. Pour boiling water over the tea bags in a slow cooker.
  2. Add the ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, and lemon slices. Allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the spices with a mesh skimmer or straining ladle and set the cooker on the low or warm setting as guests help themselves.
  4. Add honey to taste.

Optional spirit: Top off with a splash of whiskey.

 

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Mulled Cider With Hibiscus

mulled cider hibiscus mocktail

Makes 8 servings  |  Prep time 5 minutes  |  Cook time 20 minutes or more

Ingredients

  • 2 qts. apple cider
  • 4 to 6 bags hibiscus tea
  • 2 tbs. mulling-spice blend  (buy or make your own below)
  • 8 orange slices or 3/4 cup cranberries for garnish

Directions

  1. In a slow cooker or a large saucepan on the stove, add apple cider, tea bags, and spices. Simmer on low heat for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags and use a mesh skimmer or straining ladle to remove mulling spices; float orange slices or cranberries on top.

Optional spirit: Pour a little brandy into individual servings, or substitute red wine for half of the apple cider to spike the whole batch.

Mulling Spice

  • 4 tbs. cardamom pods
  • cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 2 tbs. whole cloves
  • 4 tbs. whole allspice berries
  • 2 tbs. dried orange peel, diced
  • 2 tbs. candied gingerroot, diced for garnish

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight jar.

 

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Golden Turmeric Milk

golden turmeric milk

Makes 2 servings  |  Prep time 5 minutes  |  Cook time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut, cashew, almond, or hemp milk
  • 1 tbs. local honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger root or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground dried ginger
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 2 organic chai green tea bags (optional)

Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients except the tea bags into a small saucepan
  2. Bring to a gentle boil while whisking until spices are well incorporated.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  4. Whisk again and serve, or add the chai green tea bags and steep for two to three minutes before serving, if desired.


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Evening Ashwagandha Latte

Evening Ashwagandha Latte

Makes 1 serving  |  Prep time 10 minutes  |  Cook time 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bag chamomile tea
  • 1/2 cup canned full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tbs. honey, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ashwagandha
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric

Directions

  1. Bring water to a rolling boil. Remove from heat and pour into a large mug. Add the chamomile tea bag and steep, covered, for four to six minutes.
  2. Remove the tea bag and stir in coconut milk, honey, ashwagandha, and turmeric.
  3. Notes: Froth the coconut milk before adding it to the tea, if desired. Turmeric and ashwagandha may settle over time.


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Chai Tea With Toasted Spices

a glass mug of chai

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 green cardamom pods, lightly cracked
  • 2-inch piece of cinnamon, broken
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 or 3 slices of fresh ginger, about 1 1/2 inches in length, skin removed
  • 16 oz. water
  • 3 1/2 tsp. Assam tea (options: Irish breakfast tea or another quality black-tea “breakfast blend”)
  • 2 tbs. agave nectar or preferred sweetener (optional)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice

Directions

  1. Place the cardamom pods, cinna­mon, cloves, and peppercorns in a dry skillet over medium heat, and lightly toast until fragrant, about three minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place toasted spices, ginger, and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Cover and allow to rest for eight minutes.
  3. Return to heat and bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat. Add tea, sweetener (if desired), and milk; stir once and allow to sit, uncovered, for three and a half minutes.
  4. Stir once more and strain tea into mugs or small pitcher. Serve.


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Blended Coffee

A cup of blended coffee on a counter next to some of its ingredients — a french press filled with coffee, coconut oii, and powders.

Makes 1 serving  |  Prep Time 5 minutes  |  Cook Time 1 minute

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.


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Chai-Spiced Hot Cider

homemade cider

Makes 1 drink  |  Prep time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp. orange zest
  • chai tea bag
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Add cider, cinnamon stick, and orange zest to a small pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from the heat and add the chai tea bag. Allow to steep for three to four minutes.
  2. Remove the cinnamon stick and tea bag and pour liquid into a large mug. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.


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Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

vegan peppermint mocha

Makes 1 drink  |  Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 tbs. raw cane sugar, or sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee

Directions

  1. Add milk, sugar, and chocolate to a small pot over medium-low heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate melts and the mixture becomes smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in peppermint extract.
  2. Froth with a hand frother or immersion blender for 10 to 15 seconds, or until desired foam forms. (Alternatively, use a milk steamer to heat and foam the mixture before stirring in the peppermint extract.)
  3. Pour espresso or coffee into a large mug and top with the frothed milk mixture.


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