My kids L-O-V-E hot chocolate. With big marshmallows, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s the first thing they ask for when they trudge inside from the snow drifts after making acres of snow angels. Sarah wants a china cup, Chris the stoneware mug.
My tastes tend to run more toward herbal tea. But if I’m feeling particularly nostalgic — or if my sweet tooth is acting up — I dig out a jar of Grandma’s Spiced Tea. A spoonful of this in a cup of hot water, and I’m back in Grandma’s kitchen in East Grand Forks, MN, where snowdrifts cover the windows and they celebrate not only “White Christmas” but “White Halloween” and “White Easter” as well.
Grandma’s Spiced Tea
1/2 C iced tea mix (unsweetened)
1/2 C powdered lemonade mix (Wyler’s or Countrytime)
1-18 oz jar Tang
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together well. Store in airtight container. To serve, add 2 tsp to a cup of boiling water.
Photo credit: “The Heart of Innovation”. (Note: This is NOT my grandmother.)