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Cinnamon Ginger Hot Cocoa

We are finally getting our first proper snowstorm of the winter and the boys are super excited.  Snow day! 

This hot cocoa is the number one thing that the kids request when they go outside for a snow day in the wintertime. 

 

This is another recipe where it is easy to make a large batch and store the rest in the fridge for another day (or one hour later when you decide that you want another cup of steaming awesomeness!). 

 

Joe and I actually prefer to combine the hot cocoa with equal part coffee for a sort of homemade mocha pick-me-up.  In fact, I am enjoying a mug of it right now.  Yum…..

 

As with the Cinnamon Ginger Comfort Tea, this recipe contains cinnamon, ginger, and honey – all of which are super healthy for your immune system.  

[However, due to the risk of botulism, never give honey to a child under the age of one.]

 

ingredients to make cinnamon ginger hot cocoa

 

Cinnamon Ginger Hot Cocoa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups milk of your choice (cow, soy, rice, almond, coconut) or water
  2. 2 Tablespoons honey
  3. ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  4. ½ teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon
  5. ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Warm milk and honey in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and ginger, stirring constantly until completely incorporated. Serve warm.
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Here are some more pictures from our snow day…hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are today!

 

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ingredients for homemade cinnamon ginger tea

Cinnamon Ginger Comfort Tea

So I’ve been making a lot of this recipe lately. 

This is a homemade tea that I make all through the winter or anytime that somebody in the family is feeling under the weather.  It contains no actual tea leaves and, therefore, contains no caffeine so it’s completely safe for kids and also great to drink right before going to bed at night. 

 

Whether it’s for a sore throat, a non-stop cough, a sniffly nose, or just feeling rundown, it feels like someone in the family has had a cup of this comforting cinnamon-ginger tea every day of the past month.  I make large pots of it and store it in Mason jars in the fridge and then reheat it as needed over the woodstove.  It is so incredibly soothing and all of the ingredients are either antibacterial, antiviral, or both.  So it’s great at fighting off cold and flu virus or other infections.

 

I’ve pieced together the ingredients in my tea remedy based on research and recommendations over the past few years and I think you will agree that the result is a warm, soothing cup of tea that is as comforting as it is healing.  Even if you don’t have a cold or a sore throat, it’s just nice to warm up with a cup of hot tea on a cold day.  I also like to use the cinnamon-ginger tea as a base to steep my tea bags or loose leaf tea.  For example, I might heat up this tea and pour it over some green tea leaves in the afternoon or pour it over a bag of chamomile tea in the evening.  You can’t go wrong!

 

The recipe contains cinnamon, ginger, honey and lemon – all of which are super healthy for your immune system.  Both honey and cinnamon have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.  (Plus they taste great!)  Honey is a natural immune system booster, loaded with antioxidants, and has been proven to reduce nighttime coughing and improve sleep.  [However, due to the risk of botulism, never give honey to a child under the age of one.]  Ginger is great for reducing inflammation.  Lemon juice will boost immunity and fight infection and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.  The acidity in lemon juice will cut through mucus and kill bacteria.  Hooray!  All good stuff!

 

 

Cinnamon Ginger Comfort Tea
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ - 2 quarts of water
  2. 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick (more on this below…)
  3. 1 teaspoon ginger, minced (I use the bottled minced ginger but, obviously, fresh would be better)
  4. 1 lemon, juiced (no need to remove seeds)
  5. 1/4 cup of honey
Instructions
  1. Heat water to boiling in a kettle on the stove. While the water heats, break apart the cinnamon stick and place it and the ginger into a medium-sized pot.
  2. When the water comes to a boil, pour it over the cinnamon and ginger in the pot, cover the pot with a lid and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove lid and stir in the lemon juice and honey.
  3. Once honey has dissolved, pour tea through a strainer and enjoy!
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A note about cinnamon:  When it comes to cinnamon, any cinnamon stick will do but I’ve started to look for the “Ceylon” designation when I buy cinnamon.  If the cinnamon that you are buying does not contain the word “Ceylon” on the label, then it’s most likely Cassia cinnamon, which is related to cinnamon but is not the real thing.   Cassia cinnamon contains much higher amounts of a chemical called “coumarin”, which can lead to liver damage when consumed in large quantities.  And, by the way, “large quantities” can be exceeded simply by sprinkling cinnamon on your oatmeal in the morning or drinking a cup of cinnamon-based tea.  So I’m not taking any chances.  I saved my old cinnamon sticks for homemade potpourri on the stove.  But I’ve switched over to Ceylon for all of my cooking needs.

[Here’s an informative post where I first read about Ceylon cinnamon, if you are interested in reading more about it.]

 

So curl up with a cup of homemade tea and stay warm this winter!