When It's Cold Outside, Nothing Beats A Nice, Warm Drink

When it's cold outside, nothing beats a nice, warm drink! Here are some recipes your family will love!
Brandie Valenzuela

Fun, frugal favorites
Recently, my son and I went to a local coffee shop. As we waited for our sweet beverages to be made, we kept ourselves occupied by browsing the items they had for sale. There were lots of great items -- many of which fit the cooler autumn weather that had made its welcome in our area.

One of the items for sale was a cider mix that was attractively coupled with a mug and cinnamon sticks. Needing a gift for a friend, I considered making the purchase, but quickly regained some of my frugal sensibility (I was still in a Starbuck's so I wasn't be totally frugal to begin with) and realized how I could put together the same gift for $1 or less.

Compiled here is an assortment of wonderful mixes that, when prepared, are sure to warm the soul. Pick your favorite and make some for yourself, or a friend!

Hot Cocoa Mix
Ingredients:
1 (8-qt.) box instant powdered milk
1 (16 oz.) jar non-dairy creamer
1 (2 lb.) box Nestle's Quik
1 (1 lb.) box confectioners' sugar

Directions:
Sift sugar and mix together. Add 2 cups miniature marshmallows, if desired. To use, fill a mug half full of mix. Add boiling water.

Cinnamon and Spice Beverage Mix
Ingredients:
2/3 cup instant coffee
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice

Directions:
Mix thoroughly and put into a blender a couple cups at a time, and blend to a fine powder. To use, add approximately 2 rounded teaspoons per cup of boiling water, or less, to suit your own taste.

Friendship Tea Mix
Ingredients:
1 (18 oz.) jar Tang breakfast drink (orange flavor)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup presweetened lemonade mix (such as Country Time)
1/2 cup instant tea
1 (3 oz. box ) orange or peach Jell-O
2 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:
Combine these dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. Use 1 1/2 tablespoons per cup of boiling water. Makes approximately 50 servings.

Malted Hot Cocoa Mix
Ingredients:
1 (25.6 oz.) box nonfat dry milk powder
6 cups miniature marshmallows
1 (16 oz.) container instant chocolate milk mix
1 (13 oz.) jar malted milk powder
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 (6 oz.) jar powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:
In large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until well blended. Store in an airtight container. Keep in a cool place. Makes about 20 cups or 10 gifts. To serve, pour 6 ounces of hot water over 1/3 cup cocoa mix, and stir until well blended.

Toffee Mocha Beverage Mix
Ingredients:
2/3 cup instant coffee
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 cup brown sugar, packed

Directions:
Mix thoroughly and put into a blender a couple cups at a time and blend to a fine powder. To use, add approximately 2 rounded teaspoons per cup of boiling water, or less, to suit your own taste.

Swiss Mocha Beverage Mix
Ingredients:
1 cup instant coffee
1 cup sugar
2 cups nonfat dry milk
4 T. cocoa powder

Directions:
Mix thoroughly and put into a blender a couple cups at a time and blend to a fine powder. To use, add approximately 2 rounded teaspoons per cup of boiling water, or less, to suit your own taste.

Spiced Tea Mix
Ingredients:
1 (18 oz.) jar orange breakfast beverage crystals
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup red cinnamon candies
1/3 cup instant tea mix
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:
Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container. To serve, stir 1 1/2 tablespoons of mix into 1 cup hot water, stirring until candies dissolve.

Spiced Cocoa Mix
Ingredients:
2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions:
Combine all ingredients, and mix thoroughly. For each serving, combine 1/3 cup Spiced Cocoa Mix and 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir to dissolve.

Mocha Cocoa Beverage Mix
Ingredients:
2 2/3 cups nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup instant cocoa mix
1/2 cup. instant coffee
1/4 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions:
Mix thoroughly and put into a blender a couple cups at a time and blend to a fine powder. To use, add approximately 2 rounded teaspoons per cup of boiling water, or less, to suit your own taste.

Fruity Cocoa Mix
Ingredients:
3 cups instant hot cocoa mix
1 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid mix, any fruity flavor

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a sealable container. Shake well until blended. Store in an airtight container. To use, stir 2 heaping tablespoons into a coffee mug of hot water.PregnancyAndBaby.com


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