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 
  1. Boil the tea, lemon rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves together until the sugar dissolves. Add the red wine and bring to a boil.
  2. Strain out cinnamon stick and the rind.
  3. Add more sugar if desired.
recipe adapted from

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 1/4 oz organic gin such as Tru2 or CapRock
  2. 3/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  3. 2 oz boiling water
  4. 1 tsp organic sugar
  5. cinnamon stick for garnish
  1. Place all ingredients except cinnamon stick in a wine goblet or other glass that can withstand boiling water.
  2. Stir well.
Hot cider rum punch

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

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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