It’s not often we have orange juice in this household. Juice is more expensive and isn’t exactly the healthiest of ingredients, despite what their marketers would lead you to believe. And yes, I’m referring to the freshly squeezed variety. So why would I buy it if I already have the Orange Vitality Essential Oil to add to recipes and it doesn’t contain all those natural sugars and more?
With a little bit of research I’m sure you too can find the articles and documentaries that have been done to explain to us in simple terms how they get every single bottle of orange juice to taste exactly the same. Yet, every orange should have it’s own unique flavor, especially when they come from different harvests each year.
Despite that, once in a while, especially during the cooler months of the year I add orange juice (not from concentrate) to my shopping list for one specific reason. To make a warming drink that the children love, will make the home smell inviting and packs a punch of healthy yumminess.
So, as there was a chill in the air when I last went shopping, this is exactly what I made early this week. It was also a good excuse to make it as my girls recently had little kiddos cough in their faces and all I could do was stand back and watch. Don’t you just love that children have no idea of personal space, and parents don’t appreciate the importance of quarantine.
Now I change this recipe up every single time, but as the girls wanted something with a little bit of ‘fall spice’ to it, this is what I used:
- 6 cups of Apple Juice
- 4 cups of Orange Juice
- 6 drops of Lemon Vitality
- 4 drops of Cinnamon Bark Vitality
- 2 drops of Clove Vitality
- 2 drops of Nutmeg Vitality
Add your juices to a saucepan and warm it up. Don’t allow it to boil. Once heated take the saucepan off the heat and mix in your essential oils with a stainless steel spoon and pour.This made enough for 8 small mugs, so the girls and I each had a refill – sorry Micheal, but you weren’t home.
I use a ladle and large funnel to get the drink into each of the mugs without making a mess. I can be quite messy in the kitchen otherwise, so I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture while pouring, but that’s a two handed process for me.
Apple cider is a great option instead of apple juice, and your choice of oils could vary so no batch is ever the same. I normally only put in 1 drop each of clove and nutmeg, but the girls did ask for a ‘kick’. Orange Vitality or Tangerine Vitality would also be a great choice if you wanting to up the ‘orangey’ flavor without the extra natural sugar.
Also if you’re not used to taking essential oils internally you’ll want to start slow, and of course you should always read the label for dilution requirements.
You could, if you’re feeling fancy, add in cinnamon sticks, orange slices and other decorative items. But I’m a mom of three. I don’t have time for that!
And yes, I would drink hot chocolate everyday if I could, but that’s normally full of added sugars, and worse, depending on your source. More and more evidence shows the negative impact of sugar, additives, and colorings on children, but there’s no such thing as a perfect mom. Sometimes convenience wins, and we grab a juice box for them. But this drink can be whipped up in less than five minutes and will warm their insides (as well as yours). What’s better than sitting in front of a wood fire sipping this drink after spending a chilly morning outside collecting fallen leaves or making a snowman? Unless you live where we do, as it’s been over eight years (not that I’m counting) since we’ve had enough snow to talk about with any excitement.
Point is, my middle child exclaimed that we should have this drink more often and instead of hot chocolate, which is sometimes a treat for them on the weekend. That in itself is a win!