The fall has a lot going for it and no I don’t mean Football season! People are finally starting to get over the scorching heat hell we call summer yet It’s still not so cold that you can avoid yard work like leaves. Thanksgiving can be hectic and tiring but the rewards of family gatherings are more than worth the effort.
Most fall activities happen outdoors. The idea is to have a cup that keeps your hot beverage warm and has a lid so you do not spill and get burned. My favorite on the go cup is Dixie® To Go -The Official Cup For Crushing It. The more important idea is to have a hot drink that warms you and gets you into a mood to celebrate fall and fall activities.
These five Holiday inspired hot beverages can help you get through the fall because they are warm and can be enlivening or soothing. You can always find coffee or tea in my Dixie® To Go cup because the leak-resistant lid & insulated layer gives me the confidence while traveling.
This one is really easy. Just fill the Dixie To-Go Cup with each person’s favorite coffee. Slap a turkey sticker on the cup or the lid. This idea is great for football game drives as well. All you need is a sticker for your cup that is from your favorite team. This idea beats paying a small fortune for a team cup that you inevitably lose. You tell the folk you love how much you care by doing the decoration yourself.
Nothing warms and soothes like hot chocolate. The possible exception to the soothing may be a dash of flavor. This is easy to do. Make your favorite hot chocolate or buy it. Add a slug of each person’s favorite spice or flavor to the hot chocolate before you put the lid on.
This is a traditional holiday favorite. You need to make this before an event and store it in a thermos or hot drink container if you are taking it on the road. The idea is to make enough so that each person gets a dose of the spice. All you do is warm your favorite red wine with cloves, cinnamon, lemon, and sugar. Warm does not mean boiling or you lose the alcohol in the wine. Shake thoroughly before serving into cups that can hold warm drinks and keep them warm.
This is a bit complicated to make. The idea came from celebrating the harvest in ancient times. Core apples and put brown sugar in the hole where the core was. Cook at 350 degrees for one hour and add one cup of water for four apples. Toast cinnamon sticks, cloves, and allspice berries for two minutes. Add orange peels, nutmeg, dry hard cider, ginger ale, Madeira, and unsweetened cider to the mixture. Boil for 2 minutes. Simmer for one hour. Add the apples and cook for 10 minutes. The alcohol is cooked off so this one can be enjoyed anywhere.
The is an apple falvoring that comes from France called calvados. You use a half and half mixture of cinnamon and sugar to garnish the rim of the cup. The drink is 95 percent apple cider that is heated. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. This drink is unique and has an autumn taste.
Whats your favorite holiday inspired beverage?
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