I use this reliable workhorse regularly in my kitchen. It takes seconds to combine the spices and sugar in this drink mix. This model is the #1 recommendation of Cooks Illustrated's Test Kitchen.
This adds more intense flavor than light brown sugar.
This unrefined dried sugar cane juice has a flavor that is similar to brown sugar.
This unrefined sugar can be substituted for brown sugar in many recipes.
This is made of fired clay. It keeps brown sugar moist.
Pint and half-pint jars are good sizes for making gift jars of this drink mix.
I love the taste and smell of fall and winter spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. There's something both festive and comforting about them. A cup of cider heated with these aromatic spices is the perfect beverage this time of year. It warms you up and smells oh-so-yummy.
Today, I'm sharing my recipe for a mixture that is great to have on hand throughout the fall and winter for making up quick cups or big batches of spiced cider. Or spiced anything, really. This mix is delicious added to coffee, cocoa, tea, wine, and any ol' kind of juice. You can spice up your hot drinks by the cup, or make up a big batch on top of the stove or in the crock pot.
This mix also makes great gifts. To learn how, check out my post:
Making A Spiced Hot Drink Mix Gift Jar
instructions and a downloadable gift tag
Here's the simple recipe. And I do mean simple.
Step-by-step photos for making Spiced Hot Drink Mix
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:
view organic ingredients on Amazon: dark brown sugar, sucanat, coconut palm sugar
Step 2. Combine the mix ingredients. You can whisk these together by hand in a bowl; but it mixes easier and thoroughly in a food processor. Just add the brown sugar (or other sweetener) and spices to the food processor bowl and pulse until everything is well mixed. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl a time or two.
Done! Like I said.....fast and easy! Store your mix in an airtight container. It's ready to scoop into a cup or pot on the stove or crock pot of cider, or whatever hot beverage you choose. I store mine in mason jars.
Storage tip: If you make this with brown sugar, this mixture can harden over time (just as regular brown sugar can harden). It should be fine if used up in one season. For longer storage, you can keep it soft by putting a brown sugar keeper inside the container with the mix.
Beverage options to combine with this spice mix: apple cider, cranberry juice, dry red wine, coffee, tea, or cocoa. Use your imagination and try the spice mix with other heated juices. Orange juice? Mango, peach, or apricot nectar? Cherry juice? The sky's the limit. Get creative.
How to use this mix:
An easy, inexpensive, festive gift! Make up jars of this dry mix for fun, seasonal gifts for hosts/hostesses, teachers, & friends. For tips on turning this into a gift click over to this post:
Making A Spiced Hot Drink Mix Gift Jar (with printable tags)
You will love having this spice mix on hand for an instant way to spice up all of your favorite hot beverages. They don't just taste good, they smell heavenly, too!
Make it a Yummy day!
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This post was updated 10/2013