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Brr! It Has Been Cold

For some reason we here in Alabama have had cold temperatures for at least a week.  Our temperatures have been highs in the upper 30’s and lows in teens and twenties.  I know that isn’t cold for much of the US but for the Deep South it is rather cold.  Makes little boys more stir crazy also when they can’t run and play outside for hours.  But like normal we have no snow just cold. 🙁

I have made hot drinks the last few days for church / school get togethers.  Most of the children liked the hot drinks although there were a few that didn’t like the chai.  My children all loved both, but then we are tea drinkers.

Hot Spiced Cider

1 Gallon Apple Cider or Apple Juice (Cider is better if you can find it.)

2 oz bottle Cinnamon Red Hots (Often in the cake decorations.)

Cinnamon Stick

5 – 6 Whole cloves

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Cloves

1/4 teaspoon All Spice

You can heat the cider in the Crock pot for a few hours to get warm.  I cheat though and heat the cider in a large pot and then pour it in the crock pot set on high.  Pour in Cinnamon Red Hots.  Stir well to get them dissolved.  Add Cinnamon Stick to Crock pot.  Combine remaining spices in a cloth tea bag or wrap in a coffee filter and tie.  Simmer cider with spices for a few hours.  Cider will continue to get a stronger flavor the longer you cook it with the spices.

The spices are really just estimates.  Play around with the seasoning and when it is strong enough for you remove the spice bag.

Some recipes call for some added sugar but I don’t add sugar.  We thought it was sweet enough.

Hot Chai Tea

1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk ( I used 1 1/2 cans for my largest crockpot)

10 Tea Bags regular black Tea  (More if you like a stronger tea flavor)

1 stick of Cinnamon

5 – 6 Whole Cloves

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Cloves

1/4 teaspoon All Spice

Few Dashes of Ground Cardamon (Warning this is expensive so only use if you have it or really like the taste.  Cardamon gives a unique flavor but it takes very little.)

Heat a crock pot full of water and stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla.   I heat the water on the stove and then pour it into the crock pot.  Combine spices in a cloth tea bag or wrap and tie in a coffee filter.  Simmer with the spices for a few hours.  I haven’t yet had the tea simmer to the full effect of the spices because it disappears to quickly.  The children like it milder, while personally, I’m a strong tea drinker.  I have added some honey to the crock pot but honey tended to make the bottom of the pot too sweet despite how well we stirred.