Hot-spiced cider feels good going down after a filling turkey or ham dinner for the holidays. Now you can make your own apple cider at home instead of buying the pre-packaged cider that can leave an after taste and not as full flavored as a homemade cider.
To make your cider, you will need:
3 cups of apple cider or apple juice
¼ to ½ cup of packed brown sugar
6-inch sticks of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of whole allspice
1 teaspoon of whole cloves
8 thin orange wedges or slices (this is optional)
8 whole cloves, which are also optional
In a large saucepan, combine the apple cider or juice, and the brown sugar. For spice bag, place cinnamon, allspice, and the 1 teaspoon whole cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie it with a string. Add spice bag to cider mixture.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and simmer at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place cloves into slices of orange. Remove and discard spice bag. Serve cider in mugs with orange wedges or slices. Makes about 8 servings of 8 ounces each.
Hot Buttered Rum
Usually served at Christmas, this hot sipper tastes great all winter long.
To make hot buttered rum drinks, you will need:
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup margarine or butter, softened
¼ teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, margarine or butter, lemon peel, cinnamon, and allspice. Beat until well combined. Use immediately or cover and chill up to 1 month. Makes about 1 cup or enough 10, with approximately 6-ounce servings.
For 1 serving, place 1 rounded tablespoon of the butter mixture in a mug. Add 3 tablespoons rum and ½ cup of boiling water. Stir well.
Hot Buttered Coffee or Tea: Prepare as above, except substitute /2 cup hot strong coffee or tea for the rum and boiling water.
Homemade Soda Pop
During your Christmas dinner, you may be serving an alcoholic beverage for your adult guests, but what do you serve the children of the group? How about some homemade soda pop?
To make the soda, you will need:
1 6-ounce can of frozen lemonade concentrate or frozen orange, apple, grape, or pineapple juice concentrate
18 to 24 ounces of carbonated water
Stir together the lemonade and four juice cans filled with carbonated water (three cans if using juice concentrate). Gently stir until combined.
Using a funnel, pour mixture into a 4-cup bottle or jar and seal. Chill for up to 6 hours. Makes 3 eight-ounce servings.
With this recipe, you can make any flavor homemade soda you would like. The best part is, your children (or adults) will enjoy soda, without all of the additives and sugar regular soda has. You can feel good about giving your children soda because you’ll know all they’re drinking is juice! These older Betty Crocker recipes still fill the bill when it comes to holiday dinner drinks!