Since most of the cold medicines make me sort of drunk -- I took DayQuil before a final in college once and it was not a pretty picture -- I mostly rely on chicken soup and tea. But lately, I've added another weapon to my arsenal of cold remedies. It's a drink that I had at 1369, a Cambridge coffee house that became our sunday morning ritual when we moved to Boston 6 years ago. It's one of those great places that is everything Starbucks is not -- funky and not overly precious. 1369's coffee can be too strong, their music selection can be "interesting", but I love it as is, and can't imagine Cambridge without it. Oh, and did I mention that they have the world's greatest muffins?
Anyway... In the winter, they serve this drink called "cranberry cozy". It is a mix of cranberry juice and hibiscus tea. No matter how cold it is outside, this stuff seems to thaw me from within, coating me in its aromatic vapors and waking me up with gentle tang. I love it so much that I learned to make it at home for those days when I can't get to 1369.
You can make it either with ocean spray cranberry cocktail or with real cranberry juice. Keep in mind that real cranberry juice is extremely sour, so you'll have to add some sugar to make it palatable.
Cranberry Cozy (the Ocean Spray version)
1/2 cup ocean spray cranberry cocktail
1 cup hot hibiscus tea
Cranberry Cozy (real Cranberry juice version)
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1 1/4 cup hot hibiscus tea
1 Tbsp sugar or to taste
- Warm up cranberry juice in a microwave or a small pot on top of the stove.
- Combine with hot hibiscus tea and sugar to taste.
- Sip and feel cozy.
Now it's my turn to tag other bloggers for this meme. I tag:
Stephen from Stephen Cooks
Valyn from Hope It's Good
Andrea from Rookie Cookery
Mzn from Haverchuk
Walter Jeffries from Sugar Mountain Farm