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October 15, 2015

Cool Weather, Warm Drinks: Top 5 Warming Drink Recipes for Fall

As fall approaches and the air begins to cool, a warm drink can really hit the spot. Nothing is more comforting on a cold evening than wrapping your hands around a steaming cup, and snuggling under a blanket to read a good book.

We hand-picked these recipes that are not only simple to make, but absolutely delicious! Most of these are healthy and hydrating, but if you're watching your sugar intake you may want to lower the amount in the recipe, or substitute a different type of natural sweetener such as honey, agave, or Stevia.

Of course if making a True Citrus recipe, you don't need to worry - our products have a very low sugar content (if any at all). Here are our top 5 warming drink recipes for you to enjoy!

Top 5 Healthy Hot Drink Recipes for Fall

1) Easy Chai Tea from Real Simple Magazine.
Chai, also known as masala chai (masala means spices), is a traditional spiced milk tea from India. It typically involves brewing black tea with milk, and various combinations of warming spices such as cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg. This version includes cinnamon, a great spice for the season which also can help with balancing blood-sugar levels.

2) Apple Pie Spiced Cider from Martha Stewart.
This is a great way to enjoy cider this fall! To have apple deliciousness always on hand, pick up some True Lemon Fruit Orchard Crisp Apple Medley and mix with water in place of the cider in this recipe.

3) Malted Cocoa Mix from Alton Brown.
This recipe is made with real cocoa, and even has a little kick of cayenne for added warmth. You can also make a large batch of this mix and gift it to your friends during the holidays!

4) Herbal Tea with True Lemon.
A simple infusion of your favorite herbal tea (try green tea or matcha in the morning, or wind down with calming chamomile at night) and our classic True Lemon.

5) Sujeonggwa (Korean Persimmon Punch) from The Kitchn.
Persimmons are generally in season from October through February, but can also be purchased dried at many Asian markets. This a sweet and spicy tea, and although traditionally served chilled, the warmth comes through from the spices. For additional flavor, substitute True Orange Ginger Spice Blend in place of the fresh ginger for a delicious citrusy kick.

[Credit: "What is Chai?" Chai Tea Org.]
[Credit:"Cinnamon:Health Benefits, Research, Risks."Medical News Today.]
[Credit: Sellers, Claire. "In Season: Persimmons." Serious Eats.]