The other day I eco-upped three hot alcoholic drink recipes. While searching for recipes, I found so many good ones that I thought I’d try my hand with three more.
Mulled tea with red wine
This sounds like a great drink to sip while you’re sitting by the fire curled up with a good book.
- 8 ounces of prepared strong black organic tea
- 2 1/2 ounces organic sugar
- 16 ounces of organic or local red wine
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- One cinnamon stick
- Rind of one lemon
- Boil the tea, lemon rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves together until the sugar dissolves. Add the red wine and bring to a boil.
- Strain out cinnamon stick and the rind.
- Add more sugar if desired.
Hot gin toddy
A toddy is a drink that is traditionally consumed to help one get a better night’s sleep. This one is made with gin, and I was pleased to see that there are a few organic gins on the market now.
- 1 1/4 oz organic gin such as Tru2 or CapRock
- 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz boiling water
- 1 tsp organic sugar
- cinnamon stick for garnish
- Place all ingredients except cinnamon stick in a wine goblet or other glass that can withstand boiling water.
- Stir well.
If you need warm drinks for a group, a hot punch will do the trick. After making this punch, you can transfer it to a slow cooker to stay warm.
- 1 cup rum – Papagayo makes an organic rum
- 4 cups organic or local apple cider
- 1 cup organic cranberry juice
- 1 cup organic orange juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 4 oranges
- 4 cloves
Insert cloves into center of orange slices.
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer. Do not boil.
recipe adapted from Food Network