The coming of autumn brings on the open houses, parties and a surge of entertaining.

Whether you have guests or visiting someone’s home, you can make these wonderful beverages using herbs and spices from your kitchen. The smell is heavenly, and the taste is even better!

Spiced beverages for autumn - Hot apple cider

by Brenda Hyde

Autumn punch recipe

Ingredients

3 quarts cider
3 cups pineapple juice
1 can frozen orange juice (6 ounces)
1 six-inch cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 2-liter of ginger ale

Directions

Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale. Heat to boiling. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes and remove from heat. Cool. Add ginger ale. Float the orange slices on top of the punch.

Apple cider tea recipe

Ingredients

Apple cider with whisky1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups brewed black tea
1-1/2 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons honey
2 orange slices
1 small cinnamon stick
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

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Directions

Simmer all but the tea for 10 minutes. Add the tea and serve with the orange slices. Makes 3 cups. Easily doubles.

Hot cranberry citrus punch recipe

Ingredients

1 cup water
12 whole cloves
2 sticks of cinnamon
3 quarts orange juice (can use 2 cans of frozen concentrate, mixed with water per directions)
1 quart cranberry cocktail
3 oranges
Extra cloves

Directions

Stud the oranges with several cloves and place in a baking dish. Bake at 325 degrees for 3 hours.

Meanwhile, mix the sugar, water, 12 cloves and cinnamon in a pan and heat. Remove the spices. When the oranges are almost done, add the juices and heat through.

Pour into a punch bowl and add the oranges with any juices from the pan. (You can heat it in a slow cooker/Crock Pot as well.)

Spicy orange cider recipe

This simple cider great to have on hand for the kids after school — or for a surprise guest when you don’t have time to make a more elaborate drink.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon orange flavored breakfast drink (like Tang)
Dash ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
2/3 cup hot apple cider or juice
1 lemon slice

Directions

In a heatproof mug, stir together drink powder and spices. Add the hot cider and stir well. Float the lemon slice on top. This makes one serving, so fix it per cup!

Hot spiced wine recipe

Ingredients

2 tsp. allspice, whole
3/4 cup grated lemon peel
3″ long cinnamon stick
1 bottle burgundy wine (3 cups)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup sugar

Directions

Tie the spices in a square of cheesecloth with kitchen string or tear a little piece of the cheesecloth to use as a tie. Mix all ingredients together and simmer until heated through. Remove raisins and spices before serving.


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