Hot drinks for cool days

autumn drink

 

Even in SoCal, we feel the chill of autumn creeping in. We’re decorating our homes with fall foliage and hauling out the slow cookers to make festive, homestyle dishes. But, when the weather turns cold, there is nothing like a hot drink to warm your bones and enjoy the magic of the season.

We’ve gathered our favorite hot seasonal sips- alcoholic and family-friendly- to get you into the fall spirit!

Hot Apple Cider (From Scratch)

Prep

5 minutes

Cook

5 mins

Total

10 mins

Print Recipe
Yields 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 apples, cored and quartered (sweet varieties like honey crisp, gala, fuji, etc.)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 tbsp cloves
  • 1 nutmeg or 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1-2 inches fresh ginger root or 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 16 cups water (roughly)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or maple syrup (for sugar-free, use stevia or monk fruit to taste)

DIRECTIONS

  • 1. Over low heat, add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and peppercorns to a large pot. Toast lightly until fragrant.
  • 2. Add apples, ginger, sweetener, and water (to cover the apples). Stir vigorously. Bring to a boil.
  • 3. Once at a boil, cover, lower to medium heat, and let simmer for 1 hour.
  • 4. After one hour, uncover. Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, mash the apples until broken up into small pieces. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  • 5. Remove cover and strain through a fine-mesh sieve using a spoon.
  • 6. Enjoy hot with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

 

Want to give it a boost? Add a shot of spiced rum or apple brandy!

German Gluhwein (Hot Mulled Wine)

Prep

6 minutes

Cook

14 mins

Total

20 mins

Print Recipe
Yields 1 serving

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine (750ml)
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 4 tbsp sugar, honey, or agave syrup
  • 20 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds

DIRECTIONS

  • 1. Over medium heat, add water, sugar, cinnamon, orange slices, cloves, and star anise to a pot. Cook until sugar is dissolved and syrupy, 2-5 minutes.
  • 2. Add one cup of red wine. Stir continuously, do not allow to boil. Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
  • 3. Add remaining wine. Lower temperature to low heat. Allow to reach a warm, but drinkable temperature.
  • 4. Enjoy!

 

Feeling inspired? Tag us @bristolfarms – we can’t wait to see your creations.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.