As the weather cools and the mercury dips down, we naturally begin craving more warming foods. That includes hot liquids, drinks, soups, and teas too.
Using some warming herbs and spices at this time of year is a very smart choice. They can be added to any type of fruit juice or tea to make a great tasting drink with some powerful healing (and heating) properties.
For example, a traditional warming winter drink made with herbs and spices is a mulled cider. It contains cloves, star anise and cinnamon. Take a closer look at these specific herbs and spices here.
The next time you’re feeling the chill of winter, warm up with some spiced cider, and let it work it’s healing magic on you.
Here’s a quick recipe for you:
- 12 oz. pear cider (can use apple)
- 6 oz water (can use cider or juice instead)
- 4 star anise
- 6-8 whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
Bring cider, water, star anise, cloves and cinnamon sticks to a boil. If you want a stronger cider, omit the water and use more cider. Cover and reduce to simmer. Cook 7-10 minutes. Pour into your favorite mug. Grab a cozy blanket, cuddle up on the couch and start sipping. Makes 2-3 servings.