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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Frugal Homemade Drink Mixes

There is just something about the coziness of a warm cup of cocoa, or tea on a chilly day!!  My kids love to play outside in the winter, and then almost always want a cup of cocoa, when they come inside!

But then again, who doesn't love a cup of cocoa???  LOL!!!

I certainly have bought my share of pre-made hot cocoa packets, but also love to make my own.  The ingredients are healthier and it saves quite a bit of money too.

We also love to have Spiced Tea (or Russian Tea) mixes available.  Even kids like this kind of tea!  :)

Here are a couple of our favorites:

Hot Cocoa Mix (needs to be added to milk)

Hot Chocolate Mix (can be added to water or milk)
*4 cups powdered milk
*1 cup unsweetened cocoa
*2 cups sugar
*1/2 tsp. salt
*1 tsp. instant coffee (optional)
Mix ingredients and store in an airtight container.  Add 1/4 cup per 1 cup boiling water.

Spiced Tea
*1 cup Tang
*1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. instant unsweetened tea (decaf is fine too)
*1/4 cup sugar
*3 tbsp. powder lemonade mix
*1/4 tsp. ground cloves
*1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together.  To make one cup, add 2 heaping teaspoonfuls to hot water.
***I have also experimented with this recipe....it seems to work fine to replace the tea, sugar, and powdered lemonade mix with instant lemon sweetened tea (about 3/4 cup).  That makes the preparation even easier!  :)

Another wonderful mix is for Chai Tea from Crystal, at the Family Homestead.  (I substitute granulated sugar for cane juice crystals.)  I gave this mix as Christmas gifts one year!  :)

Do you have a favorite???

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  1. Hello! I just came across your blog on blogher and I'm glad! My girls and I love hot cocoa this time of year. We usually go with the Swiss Miss with extra marshmallows...but being that hot cocoa is becoming quite the tradition, I wanted something a bit more "homemade" for the girls to remember. So I'm glad I came across this recipe! I will try it this evening. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Hi again! Quick question. I'm about to run to the store to get some of the ingredients I don't already have...my question is, the first ingredient says Hot chocolate mix...is that the plain Hershey's cocoa powder? Or should I use actual hot cocoa mix that's already been sweetened like the swiss miss? My daughter is home sick today. I suggested hot tea, but she requested hot cocoa...and after JUST seeing your blog, I just couldn't resist! :) p.s. thanks for stopping by my blog too. I'm also a sahm trying to make ends meet ;)

  3. Hi Christina!
    So sorry your daughter is home sick :(
    You are correct in using plain Hershey's cocoa powder (or some other brand).
    Hope it works well for you and that your daughter gets well soon! :)

  4. Yay! Thank you! I'm on my way! :) By the way I have NEVER made homemade hot cocoa before, this will be the first!

  5. It was wonderful!! We actually waited until late last night to make some. The ambiance in my home was perfect. All decorated, candles lit, and homemade hot cocoa. :) It was really rich and creamy and we all just loved it! Thank you again for the recipe!! I look forward to following your blog!

  6. Yay! It sounds like it was a perfect evening! :) Thanks for letting me know...and I hope your daughter is feeling better. :)


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