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!
- 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
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.