Warm up this winter (or anytime) with these wonder Olympic Culinary Loop
Spiced Holiday Tea
Star anise, cinnamon, and passion fruit nectar add a special twist to this holiday tea.
(Inspired by Grovestreet Brewery & Tea House
2 cups water
3 tea bags (unflavored black tea)
4 star anise
1 3 inch cinnamon stick
1 cup passion fruit nectar
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Add tea bags, anise, and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat. simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and cinnamon stick. Stir in nectar, honey, and lemon juice. Heat through.
Pour tea mixture into four heat-proof cups, floating a star anise on top of each. Makes 4 servings.
White Hot Chocolate
A cup of this creamy, spicy hot cocoa drink makes coming in out of the cold even more of a treat
(Inspired by Tinderbox Roasters & coffee houses
3 cups half-and-half or light cream*
3/4 cup vanilla-flavor baking pieces or vanilla-flavor candy coating, chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Slivers of vanilla-flavor candy coating (optional)
Ground cinnamon (optional)
Combine 1/4 cup of the half-and-half or light cream, vanilla baking pieces or chopped candy coating, stick cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan; whisk over low heat until vanilla baking pieces or candy is melted. Remove stick cinnamon.
Add remaining half-and-half or light cream. Whisk until heated through. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and almond extract. Serve warm in cups or mugs; top with slivers of vanilla-flavor candy coating and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Makes 5 (6-ounce) servings.
Enjoy an Italian drink that starts with espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, you can improvise and brew this coffee in a drip coffeemaker
(Inspired by Sunrise Coffee Company
1 cup hot brewed espresso
1/4 cup flavored liquid nondairy creamer, such as amaretto, Irish creme, or French vanilla
dash ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
dash ground cardamom
Stir together the hot espresso, creamer, and cinnamon in a glass measure. Pour into 2 mugs.
Add a scoop of ice cream to each and sprinkle with cardamom. Makes 2 (6-ounce) servings.