The following recipes are our family favorites when the weather becomes cold.
The dry mixes can be used as gifts, given in a canning jar with decorative lid or
a coffee cup filled with the mix.



Cranberry Tea
I use this for winter crowds,
like our annual cookie exchange
10 c tea (make 1 teabag = 2 c)
8 c cranberry juice (or cran-raspberry juice)
1- 1 ½ c sugar
3 sticks cinnamon
20 cloves
Heat 15 minutes
Cover. Let set overnight.
Remove teabags (so won’t be bitter)

Hot Apple Cider
Great for cold, winter days.
I keep it on the stove during the day,
Refrigerating at night.
64 oz Apple Cider
1 c lemon juice
1 c sugar
64 oz water
(Cloves/cinnamon sticks)
Heat to almost boiling.

Spiced Cranberry Cider
1-gallon apple cider or apple juice
3 qts cranberry juice
1 c lemon juice
3 cinnamon sticks
1 T ground ginger
1 T all spice
½ c brown sugar (optional)

Heat to boiling, reduce heat.
Simmer, uncovered 5 minutes.
Garnish with lime slices if desired.

Cucumber Limeade Punch
1 cucumber, sliced
1 frozen limeade concentrate (do not dilute)
1 2-liter clear soda pop (lemon-lime, sprite, 7-up, gingerale)

Add limeade concentrate and cucumber first then clear soda pop and ice.
Ice will dilute.


Hot Chocolate Mix
Nice to have during winter months.
Boys help themselves for their morning drink
6 oz Coffee Mate Creamer (dry)
1 lb 9 oz Powdered Milk
1 lb powdered sugar
2 lb Nestles Quick Chocolate
1 dash Cinnamon
Use 3 T heaping/cup of hot water.

Chai Tea Mix
I’ve compared pre-made mixes with this recipe,
Profit margin isn’t great.
Boys use it in the morning while they check animals.
Because of caffeine, I limit it to just older boys after 3 PM
3 ½ c nonfat dry milk powder
2 c sugar
2 c unsweetened instant tea
1 ½ c French vanilla nondairy creamer, powdered
1 ½ c nondairy creamer, powdered
1 ¼ c brown sugar, packed
2 ½ t cinnamon, ground
1 ½ t nutmeg, ground
1 ¼ t cloves, ground
1 t allspice, ground
1/4/ t white pepper
Blend in blender until powdery.
Store in airtight container, in cool dry place.
Use 3 T/cup of hot water. Add dash of milk.




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