Spicy Cider & Hot Cocoa

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By Christen Sheffield

Spicy Cider

  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 lemon slices, seeded and halved
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 orange slices seeded and quartered
  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  1. Stick a clove into the white part of each lemon slice. Break each cinnamon stick in half.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the cloved studded lemon slices, cinnamon sticks, and orange slices. Pour in the apple cider.
  3. Heat just to a boil over medium high heat. reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. With a slotted spoon, remove the cinnamon sticks and fruit slices. Ladle into mugs to serve warm, or refrigerate and serve chilled.
Hot Cocoa

Image by planetschwa via Flickr

Hot Cocoa

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 ounce milk chocolate or dark chocolate, cut up
  1. Use a whisk to mix together the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium saucepan. Then slowly whisk in the milk.
  2. Bring the milk mixture to a gently simmer over medium heat. whisking often. Add the chocolate whisk until blended.
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