Friday, December 28, 2018

Witchery Brews To Help Perk You Up

Early To Bed - Early To Rising 

I am just a regular, sensitive kind of go-about-my business everyday kind of woman. I get up at the crack of dawn and make coffee and stretch out on the sofa with my laptop on my thighs and write blogs, read bible studies online, and play online scrabble with friends. A hot cup of green tea with honey in the evening is welcomely refreshing.

You are making coffee, tea, and spirits with a delightful twist that can be stimulating. However, I am not a doctor, nor trained in any way medically, nor claim to be. Please see your physician with any questions about these products. Use these recipes or ingredients at your discretion and responsibility. I waive liability medically or any otherwise. 

Let's Create Some Magic

Cure - All - Remedy
In a gallon jug
  • large can pineapple chunks with juice
  • large can peaches (diced) with juice
  • large jar cherries with juice
  • bottle of Whisky
  • eight ounces of honey
Stir and put on the lid
"Take to every Gallon of Honey, three Gallons of water, and put them both together, and set them on a soft fire, that you may endure to melt and break the honey with your hands." — Kenelm Digby

Get Well Soon - Natural Antibiotics

  • cumin
  • garlic
  • eucalyptus
  • Echinacea
  • goldenseal
  • onion
  • myrrh gum
  • green tea
"We have finally started to notice that there is real curative value in local herbs and remedies. We are also becoming aware that there are little or no side effects to most natural remedies, and that they are often more effective than Western medicine."    — Anne Wilson Schaef  


Get Well Potion 

  • 6 cups of water
  • Two lemons rinsed off and sliced
  • 5” fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 12 oz. can of frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
Directions: Put all ingredients in crockpot except orange juice and cook on high two hours. Then add the juice, stir and serve.

Homemade Cough Syrup

  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 4 Tablespoons water
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground dry ginger
Directions: Place all the components in a small container or jar and shake to combine well. Store in the refrigerator. Shake well before using. Take a tablespoon as desired.
"You see,  those who are hooked on alternative medicine are often reasonably healthy, and they go to alternative remedy for what I see as the 'symptoms of life.' Exhaustion, body pains, inability to focus, perhaps, the sorts of things that anyone over forty gets at some point."  — Rosa's Concepts

Share With A Friend

"I force people to have coffee with me, just because I don't trust that a friendship can be maintained without any other senses besides a computer or cell phone screen."  — John Cusack  

Coffee Milk Shake

Place a scoop of ice-cream in a heavy glass, add cold coffee, and top with cool whip

Iced Coffee

Make a cup of coffee as usual. Pour over ice cubes in a heavy glass.

Hot Chocolate Espresso

  • cup strong hot coffee
  • tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup cream (1/2 cup half-and-half and 1/2 cup milk)
  • one tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • whipped cream
  • grated chocolate
Place coffee, sugar, milk, and cocoa in a pot and heat. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and grated chocolate. Serve hot.

Hot Chocolate

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar (it depends on how sweet you like it)
  • One gal milk or any combination of milk, half-and-half, or cream
  • one teaspoon vanilla extract
Put all ingredients in a crockpot except vanilla. Turn on high. Whisk together all ingredients; occasionally stir until it is hot. Stir in the vanilla and serve. Option - add miniature marshmallows.

Iris Coffee for Two

  • 2 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1-ounce Irish cream whiskey
  • 1-ounce Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Whipped Cream, recipe follows for topping
  • Shaved dark chocolate for garnish
Pour the hot coffee into a small pot, add the sugar and stir until the sugar melts. Stir in the cream, whiskey, and schnapps. Pour into two cups. Top with a blob of Whipped Cream and some shaved chocolate if using.

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • One tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • One teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl. Beat with a mixer until soft peaks appear.

Espresso Martini for Four

  • 16 ounces coffee
  • 8 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • Ice
Directions: Chill 4 martini glasses. Combine the coffee, vodka, and simple syrup in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake for about 10 seconds. Divide between the chilled martini glasses. Serve immediately.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
In a small saucepan, blend water and sugar over medium heat. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce heat Simmer for five minutes, until the sugar has melted. Remove the pan from the heat and chill the syrup. Any additional cooled syrup can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Hot Green Tea

  • one tea bag
  • one tablespoon honey
  • cup of water
Directions: Place all the ingredients in a mug. Heat in microwave for 90 seconds and serve.
Option - Add teaspoon lemon juice.

Spiced Tea For A Crowd

  • 16-ounce container instant tea
  • 1/4 cup instant tang
  • one small box red hots candy
  • 1/2 gallon water
Directions: Place all the ingredients in a crock pot and turn on high. Keep stirring until candy melts. Serve hot.

Note - Substitutions

Use any milky liquid you prefer, whether it's from a cow (whole, 2%, 1% or fat-free), nuts (almond milk), beans (soy milk), or grains (rice milk). For sweeteners, feel free to substitute maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar for sugar, but start with less, and taste the combination before adding more.


Whipped Cream