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How about some Wassail. A cinnamony sweet blend of fruit juices.

Here is a recipe that I use:


64 oz Apple juice

1 cup cranberry juice

1 cup orange juice

1 cup pineapple juice

1/2 cup lemon juice

14 cloves

4 cinnamon sticks

1/2 packed brown sugar


Combine all juices, cloves and cinnamon sticks, bring to a boil. Then simmer 15 - 20 minutes. Add brown sugar. Serve warm


If you don't have all of these ingredients, you can just add some cinnamon to apple juice and simmer.

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I just warmed some apple juice for dd--she didn't go for it. :glare:


I've had hot water flavored with a bit of ground ginger or a squeeze of lime juice. I've also resorted to a cup of "soup" made with chicken or beef buillon. Not the best but it's warm. ;)


A long while ago someone posted a recipe for hot vanilla. I think it was basically milk, sugar, and vanilla. Maybe you could experiment with that.

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We've been enjoying "Russian Tea". It does have quite a bit of sugar, but at least the Tang gives you some vitamin C. I'm copying from an email a friend sent me:



Recipe is from the March 2003 Prevention magazine!


Nancy's Russian Tea

1 1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup instant black tea

( we use instant green tea)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup tang mix

1 tsp ground cloves

2/3 cup country time lemonade mix


You can play around with flavored drinks such as Crystal Light if you want to reduce the sugar. It works just as well.

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