Posts Tagged ‘hot’

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

My favorite time of year is finally here!  It takes a little longer for Fall to arrive here in Central California so I am so excited to take it all in and enjoy everything about this season.  One of my favorite Fall traditions is making Hot Apple Cider.  I find comfort in sitting with friends and family and holding a warm cup of delicious cider.  I also love making it myself.  This recipe is quick and easy and will fill your home with the scents of Fall.  Enjoy!

What you need:
One liter of all natural, no sugar added Apple Juice
2 Cinnamon Sticks
2 whole Cloves
2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
1 Orange sliced thinly

What to do:
Simply add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 1-2 minutes and turn heat to a slow simmer for 20 minutes.  Pour into glasses and garnish with a cinnamon stick or slice of orange and enjoy!

Drink Up! Organic Lemonade Recipe

There is a heat wave and it’s hot outside!   On days like today, when the temperature is well over 100 degrees (I know…it’s flippin’ hot) its super important to stay hydrated.  A few of my readers have asked me for drink ideas and with the sun shining hot like today, it’s the perfect time to share this natural and healthy Organic Lemonade Recipe…drink up!

Organic Lemonade

This recipe is super fast and easy and most importantly all natural!  Just follow these three easy steps.

Juice of 6 large lemons
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 Quart Water

Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher.  Chill.  Enjoy!

I use agave nectar because it is a natural sweetener.  It is a 100% organic sweetener that is made from the agave plant.  Fun Fact: Agave plants are also used to make Tequilla.   Agave has a very subtle sweet flavor and can be purchased at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or in the organic section of your average grocery store.  If you can’t get your hands on agave, replace it with 1/2 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey.

 

 

Mix it Up!  Variations on this Recipe

Adding fresh fruit to this recipe, or any drink, will not only change the flavor, but will also give you a natural sweetness and serving of fruit.  My favorites for lemonades and teas are raspberries, peaches, lemon and lime slices, and blueberries.  You can simply cut up the fruit to float in your glass or you can “muddle” (smash) the fruit at the bottom of your glass to release more flavor and mix into your lemonade. 

 

 

I also like to freeze lemonade into ice-cube trays to make lemonade ice.  You can do this with any drink, iced tea, fruit juice, or coffee for iced coffee.  As your ice cubes start to melt, your drink will not be watered down like traditional ice cubes can do.  If I feel very fancy, or for special occasions, I love to pop a raspberry or slice of strawberry into each ice-cube before filling with the liquid.  It looks so beautiful floating in a glass!

 

Another fun way to mix up this recipe is to pour lemonade into freezer pop molds.  These can be purchased at any grocery store and are a great way to stay hydrated on hot day.  You can put large chunks of fresh fruit in them, fill with lemonade and freeze for a natural desert.  You can also fill molds with any natural fruit juice for a healthy treat.  Kids especially love these!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this Organic Lemonade recipe and other ideas!
Please comment below with your favorite ways to stay hydrated and cool on hot summer days 🙂