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Cold Days, Hot Drinks

Nothing makes guests feel more at home than a toasty drink on a chilly day.  These recipes come from Duluth’s own hostess extraordinare and owner of ApronElegance.com, Rachel Hart, who recommends creating a hot drink buffet for your next winter event.

Velvety Hot Chocolate_RHP5466

• 8 teaspoons sugar
• 4 teaspoons baking cocoa
• 4 cups milk
• 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Cinnamon to taste
• Kosher salt to taste
• Whipping Cream to taste

In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, milk and marshmallows. Cook over medium heat and stir continuously until marshmallows are melted (about 7 minutes.) Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into mugs. Add whipped cream, sprinkle with cinnamon and a dash of kosher salt.
Hot Spiced Cider Recipe

• 64 oz or ½ gallon apple cider (no sugar added)
• ¼ cup real maple syrup
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 3 whole cloves
• 6 whole allspice berries
• 1 orange peel, cut into strips
• 1 lemon peel, cut into strips

1. Pour apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless
steel saucepan.
2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries,
orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed
square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth
to enclose the bundle, then tie it with a length of kitchen
string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10
minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice
bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a
fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired