Recipe: Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Cider

Toasted Pumpkin Cider, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Pumpkin-Spiced Hot Cider, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com

This isn’t your average hot cider.  The zest of one orange and some brown sugar and pumpkin spice amp up the flavor. The adult version also includes rum.

Ingredients:
1 gallon apple cider
1 orange, zested and juiced
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
24 ounces spiced rum, if desired

Directions:

  1. Heat the cider in a large pot over medium heat until it starts to simmer.
  2. Add 3 strips of orange zest, the orange juice, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice and stir.
  3. Bring to a simmer then turn the heat down to low to keep it hot, but not simmering.
  4. Heat for 5 minutes to allow all the flavors to meld together before serving.
  5. Serve hot in heatproof mugs with a shot of spiced rum, if desired.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Serve with ginger snaps or your favorite Fall treat.

Yield: 16 servings

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com, courtesy: Sandra Lee, Show: Sandra’s Money Savings Meals, Episode: Fall Feast

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National Coffee Day – September 29th

Happy National Coffee Day!

Today is the day to celebrate our love of coffee – hot coffee, cold coffee, flavored coffee – all kinds of wonderful coffee? Don’t know much about coffee? No problem – check out  A Crash Course in Coffee to get up to speed.

Get in the mood to celebrate National Coffee Day with these coffee recipes:

Butter-Rum Coffee
Hot Maple Coffee
Toffee Coffee
Mexican Coffee

Butter Rum coffee, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Butter Rum coffee, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com
Hot Maple Coffee
Hot Maple Coffee, Courtesy: http://www.myrecipes.com

Source:  http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com

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Recipe: Raspberry Hot Chocolate

Raspberry Hot Chocolate, Courtesy: www.foodnetwork.com
Raspberry Hot Chocolate, Courtesy: http://www.foodnetwork.com

For those cool nights, treat yourself to a decadent cup of hot chocolate, with a splash of raspberry liqueur.

Ingredients:
6 ounces milk chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp. raspberry liqueur
Crystallized ginger, for garnish, optional

 

Directions:

  • Combine everything except the liqueur and ginger in a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat.
  • Whisk occasionally until chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Continue to cook, whisking frequently until smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in liqueur, top with a piece of ginger, if using, and serve immediately.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • I added more milk because it was a bit too thick for me, but still tasty.

Yield: 2 servings

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com, courtesy of Aida Mollenkamp

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Recipe: Mexican Coffee

Mexican Coffee, Courtesy: www.bettycrocker.com
Mexican Coffee, Courtesy: http://www.bettycrocker.com

It’s the middle of winter here on the East coast and boy is it cold and snowy. How about curling up with a piping hot cup of Mexican coffee?

Ingredients:
12 cups water
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
4 whole cloves
1 cup regular-grind coffee (dry)
1/2 cup chocolate-flavored syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat water, brown sugar, cinnamon and cloves to boiling in Dutch oven, stirring to dissolve sugar.
  2. Stir in coffee; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in chocolate syrup and vanilla; remove from heat.
  4. Let stand 5 minutes for coffee grounds to settle.
  5. Strain coffee into coffee server or individual cups; discard grounds mixture.
  6. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Shouldn’t there be some mention of tequila here?

Yield: 10 servings

Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com

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Recipe: Toffee Coffee

Toffee Coffee, Courtesy: www.kraft.com
Toffee Coffee, Courtesy: http://www.kraft.com

When it’s so cold outside that your teeth are chattering, this toffee-flavored coffee is a great way to warm up.  Settle in with a hot cup of Toffee Coffee and your favorite book – aaah!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup hot freshly brewed coffee 
1 Tbs. caramel ice cream topping
1 Tbs. chocolate syrup
2 Tbs. thawed whipped topping

Directions:

  1. Mix first three ingredients in cup or mug until blended.
  2. Top with whipped topping

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Use your favorite brewed coffee.

Yield: one cup

Source: http://www.kraft.com

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