Use Special Herbs To Make Lovely Drinks!

It seems the coming of autumn brings on the open houses, parties and a surge of entertaining. Whether you are entertaining guests or visiting someone's home, you can make these wonderful beverages using herbs and spices from your kitchen. The smell is heavenly and the taste is even better!
Brenda Hyde

Spicy Orange Cider
This is great to have on hand for the kids after school or a surprise guest when you don't have time to make a more elaborate drink.

Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon orange flavored breakfast drink
Dash ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
2/3 cup hot apple cider or juice
1 lemon slice

Directions:
In a heat proof mug stir together drink powder and spices. Add the hot cider and stir well. Float the lemon slice on top. This makes one serving, so fix per cup!

Autumn Punch
Ingredients:
3 quarts cider
3 cups pineapple juice
1 can frozen orange juice (6 ounces)
A 6 inch cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 2-liter of ginger ale

Directions:
Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale. Heat to boiling. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes and remove from heat. Cool. Add ginger ale. Float the orange slices on top of the punch.

Hot Cranberry Citrus Punch
Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
12 whole cloves
2 sticks of cinnamon (2 inches long)
3 quarts orange juice (can use 2 cans frozen)
1 quart cranberry cocktail
3 oranges
Extra cloves

Directions:
Stud the oranges with several cloves and place in a baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours. Meanwhile, mix the sugar, water, 12 cloves and cinnamon in a pan and heat. Remove the spices. When the oranges are almost done, add the juices and heat through. Pour into a punch bowl and add the oranges with any juices from the pan. You can heat in a Crock Pot as well.

Apple Cider Tea
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups brewed black tea
1 1/2 cups apple cider
2 Tablespoons honey
2 orange slices
1 small cinnamon stick
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:
Simmer all but the tea for 10 minutes. Add the tea and serve with the orange slices. Makes 3 cups. Easily doubles.

Hot Spiced Wine
Ingredients:
2 teaspoons allspice, whole
3/4 cup grated lemon peel
3" long cinnamon stick
1 bottle burgundy wine (3 cups)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup sugar

Directions:
Tie the spices in a square of cheesecloth with kitchen string or tear a little piece of the cheesecloth to use as a tie. Mix all ingredients together and simmer until heated through. Remove raisins and spices before serving.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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