Hot drinks are in order during the winter months – like cold bevvies cool you down in summer, they warm you from the inside out after skating, skiing, tobogganing or walking home from school in the cold and snow. Hot chocolate is popular, but like chocolate milk, not something that should be consumed on a too-regular basis – for a change, try warm spiced milk, caffeine-free tea (my friend and tea expert Nichole Schon of TNik brews pink bubblegum tea for her boys and to bring to the school for winter events), spiced apple cider or hot spiced lemonade steeped with ginger.
Why not? There are enough fans of NeoCitran out there that a non-medicinal version seemed like a good idea. The spices and ginger go wonderfully with lemon; add a glug of orange or cranberry juice too, if you like.
Hot Spiced Ginger Lemonade
2 L lemonade (preferably not pink)¨
1 cinnamon stick
¨a few whole cloves
¨a few whole allspice berries
¨a 2³ chunk of peeled fresh ginger, coarsely grated or sliced
In a large saucepan combine the lemonade, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and ginger and bring to a simmer; cook for about 10 minutes. Strain into a glass pitcher, insulated carafe or Thermos and serve warm. Serves 6-8.