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Festive Winter Beverages

Festive Winter Beverages with Herbs

When a chill comes round this time of year. I begin to think of how I can incorporate herbs that will support my immune system during the colder winter months. Some of these beverage creations make great gifts as well!

Herbal Infusions

 

  • Hawthorne and Rose Hips add vitamin C.
  • Astragalus root is an adaptogen tonic good for the immune system. It tastes a bit like licorice and is yummy.
  • Cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla herbs or spices add flavor.
  • Carob pods give a chocolatey and superfood boost.
  • Elderberries are another great source of vitamin c and are a good demulcent for the lungs. Suggestions are blueberries with vanilla, cherries with cinnamon, oranges with cloves, apples with licorice root.

 


All you need for these infusions (see below) is a jar and your imagination. I whipped up Fall in a Cup this morning. It was fun, beautiful and tasted fantastic with 1 shot of rum per gift bottle added. It will keep until I pass it on as a gift in December.

Another fun thing to make is this Fruit Concoction:

 

  • Slice apples, peel and separate an orange and fill a quart mason jar with the fruit about ½ way full.
  • Add ¼ c cloves, 3 - 6 cinnamon sticks, 1 vanilla bean sliced open and about a cup of whole cranberries.
  • Shake it up to mix everything together. Fill the jar with the remaining fruit.
  • Pour about 1 cup of honey over the top.
  • Cover with MoonShine, vodka or rum. My first suggestion is the best.
  • Let steep for at least a month.
  • Makes a great gift. Can be cut by serving over ice with Perrier or other fizzy water.
  • Instead of cranberries you could use rose hips or Hawthorne berries.
  • Add a few sprigs of lemon balm for a lemony edge

 


Hot Toddy

Infuse rum with astragalus root and add to your beverage. Astragalus helps support the immune system.


Make your morning a wee bit Irish.

Add a shot to coffee for an herbal version of Irish Coffee.


Infusion = cover herbs with a liquid and allow to steep, covered. For these use a jar with a lid. Put a piece of wax paper between the rim and the jar when sealing.