Spice this up even further by adding 1 teaspoon each nutmeg and allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper. You may choose to omit the French vanilla creamer, and use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract instead. To do so, mix the vanilla into the sugar, let it dry, then break the sugar into small lumps. Follow the same procedure as above. A quick, but very appreciative THANK YOU to the reviewers who aren't receiving zmail!
This is one of my favorite fall recipes. It is one of my mother's recipes. I love to make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas get togethers. It makes the house smell wonderful too. If you don't want the cider too sweet, you can leave out the brown sugar and it is still very good.
One of the first questions I asked on this site was for homemade V-8 juice. Have been constantly looking until the other day at the dentist office when the assistant gave me her mother's recipe. Wow!, so simple and so good.07/19/08: UPDATE! I made a large pitcher-full today and added about 11/2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce for an added kick. The guys really liked it! Me?....still like the original best. 09/16/08: ANOTHER UPDATE: I have now had two different members point out to me that the former name of this name of this recipe, Homemade V-8 Juice, is a poor choice as it is not homemade.......and I agree, thus the new name.
This is how my Granny made sweet tea and it is some kind of sweet. Know that and beware. Pa-Paw used to down 2-3 glasses after working in the garden all day. Back off the sugar if you can't handle it. This one is for true southerners only ;)
A wonderful treat, especially on a hot day. I keep a tray of coffee ice cubes in my freezer during the summer so that I can always whip up a batch of these drinks. This uses skim milk & fat-free chocolate syrup, so it's not only cheaper, but also lower calorie than the iced coffee sold at most coffee shops. I have used both brewed and instant coffee and it works well with either kind. (Prep time given is for freezing the coffee ice cubes, cook time is for actually making the drink.)