What’s Fresh: January 2015

By: Hannah Linnemeyer


Mother nature has been taking it pretty easy on us so far this winter. However, temperatures are beginning to drop and there is nothing quite like cozying up with a hot drink in hand. We have gathered some decadent drink recipes that will warm you up on the coldest of days.


First we have a simple, yet delicious mulled wine recipe. All you need are some spices, which you are sure to find at Allspice in Des Moines, and some flavorful red wine. We have some great wineries here in Iowa offering exactly that. Visit Covered Bridges WineryGrape Escape WineryJasper WineryRosey Acres Winery or Two Saints Winery to pick out your new favorite red wine.

mulled wine


1 (750 ml) bottle red wine

1 orange, sliced

1/4 cup brandy (optional)

1/4 cup honey or sugar

8 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise


DIRECTIONS: Combine all ingredients in a non-aluminum saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for at least 15 minutes. Strain, and serve warm.

*You can also place the oranges, cloves, cinnamon, and star anise in a cheesecloth. Then simply strain and pull out the bundle when ready.

Recipe and instructions can be found here.


This Belgian Hot Chocolate recipe will please the entire family. Grab some chocolate from your locally-owned grocer, milk from Picket Fence Creamery and you are good to go.

hot chocolate


1 quart (1l) half-and-half or whole milk

8 ounces (230g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped

4 ounces (115g) milk chocolate, finely chopped

tiny pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


DIRECTIONS: Warm about one-third of the half-and-half or milk, with the chopped chocolates and salt, stirring until the chocolate is melted. Whisk in the remaining half-and-half or milk, heating until the mixture is warmed through. Add the cinnamon. Use a hand-held blender, or a whisk, and mix the hot chocolate until it’s completely smooth. Serve very warm.

Recipe from: David Lebovitz


If you are feeling a bit sluggish on those wintery mornings, a Café Latte from Zanzibar’s is a great motivation to get out of bed. Choose from their large selection of fresh coffee beans and make this recipe yourself or just stop by their Ingersoll location and pick it up hot and ready to go.

cafe latte

Photo by: The Caffeine Fix



 1 shot of espresso

½ cup steamed milk


DIRECTIONS: Heat milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat. Whisk briskly with a wire whisk to create foam. Brew espresso and pour into cup. Pour in milk, holding back the foam with a spoon. Spoon foam over the top. This recipe serves 1.

Recipe modified from allrecipes.com.


For more hot drink recipes, head on over to Allspice’s blog and check out their post on Holiday Drinks for Grown-Ups.