I found this recipe in a little Halloween booklet I picked up years ago that seems to have completely disappeared online! I loved the idea of an herbal witch’s brew to serve on Halloween. Although they serve it warm, I added the concoction to some lime soda and it was quite tasty.
Combine 2 1/2 cups of cranberry juice cocktail (I used cran-raspberry) with 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add 4 orange, apple or raspberry herbal tea bags (I added cranberry tea bags), remove from heat, cover, steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add 2-3 tbsp of sugar (I used honey instead).
To make the “pop” version I let the drink cool down and then added it to a glass I had dipped in corn syrup mixed with red food colouring to make the bloody edge. I poured in the soda and then topped with the herbal drink. Reg really liked it and I thought it was pretty good but…!!!
As an autumn hot drink with a cinnamon stick? Beautiful! Or should I say, “brew-tiful?” LOL. I also added this to my green iced tea which I have done successfully with other juice drinks before and have to say, the hot and classic version is the best way to have it. Nice and herby, tasty, fruity and with the cinnamon stick… spicy! Definitely witches-brew worthy.
BTW, my sister Jamie and her husband Justin are visiting and I just had to share that yesterday I totally had a foodie disaster! You can read about it here. Thankfully I did not set the house on fire but we are having so much fun and laughing so hard, I realize now I need a much louder timer!