Sugar and spice baby shower food ideas

36 Sweet Ideas to Make You Crave a Sugar and Spice Baby Shower

What are little girls made of? Let’s say it together:

Sugar and spice and everything nice…

So why not throw your friend a Sugar and Spice Baby Shower theme to celebrate that “everything nice” swimming around inside? This unique baby shower theme idea will stick in the minds of guests for years. 

Yes, you could start planning the party from scratch, but I’m guessing your to-do list is already tipping the scale. Why not let us do the research for you? Just browse below and choose your favorite invitations, decoration ideas, recipes, and favors.

You can have this party all planned out in the next 15 minutes. Boom. Another box ticked off. Task finished.

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower:

8 Exciting Invitations

A good party always starts with a good invitation. You could absolutely go the email route, but usually attendance goes up when there’s a physical invitation staring at you from the fridge every day.

Nothing says “out of the ordinary” like getting a physical card in the mail inviting you to a special event! And, of course, more people means more gifts! *wink* Here are some beautifully designed invitations for a sugar and spice baby shower that will get your guests excited about the fun to come!

Is the mother-to-be a reader? Why not slide one of these “books for baby” cards inside? It asks guests to bring a copy of their favorite book instead of a card to the shower.

8 Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Invites

1. Pink Striped Invite | 2. Sweet Flowers | 3. Pink Cupcake
4. Country Lace | 5. Brown & White Invites | 6. Scalloped Top
7. Glitter Invitation | 8. Pink & Lime Green Invite

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower:

8 Delightful Decoration Ideas

The invitations have been mailed out, the date is set, and people are starting to RSVP. Now comes the hard part. You’ve got to transform that living room, church basement, or community lodge into a baby wonderland.

You want people to gasp with awe when they walk into the room. They should feel heart flutters of happiness to be at this shower, celebrating a new life.

For some Martha-Stewart-types, this kind of transformation is easy…but if that’s not you, don’t panic. Here are some brilliant ideas to copy. (I promise not to tell!)

8 Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Decor Ideas

1. Large Flowers | 2. Sugar Bowl | 3. Blackboard Tablescape
4. Have Guests Sign the Onesie (or this one…or this one!)
5. Full Decorating Package | 6. Chalk-Painted Jars with Roses at Pinterest
7. Decorative Jars of Candy from Celebrations
8. Pinwheels & Wrapping Paper Tablescape

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower:

10 Mouth-Watering Menu Ideas

You’ve got the decorations ordered? Awesome. Next task? Tackling the menu.

You’ll want recipes that inspire excitement, but are also things you can actually make. Here are 10 ideas that capture the sugar and spice baby shower theme perfectly, but are simple enough to master in your own kitchen!

10 Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Dishes

1. Yogurt Parfaits with wooden spoons | 2. Pumpkin Streusal Muffins
3. Coffee Bar with Syrups | 4. Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Crisps
5. Sugar & Spice Cupcakes with Festive Toppers
6. Apple Pound Cake Bites | 7. Sugar & Spice Cake
8. Waffle Bar (Read this trick to keep them crisp!)
9. Bacon Dates | 10. Apple & Pecan Salad

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower:

5 Party Games That Are Actually FUN!

Plates are full, people are smiling, and everyone is gathered around the Mom of the Day. Now what? It’s time for a game!

For many people, this is the worst part of the entire party.  They are expecting awkward toilet paper measuring games, embarrassing tootsie roll diaper pins, and other forced laugh opportunities.

Time to surprise them! These baby shower games are elegant and sophisticated but still actually fun! Just don’t forget to pick up a door prize or two for the winners. Might I recommend this gorgeous salt & pepper set from the Pioneer Woman?

5 Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Party Games

1. Guess the Spice Game with these spice jars labeled with numbers.
2. Diaper Raffle Tickets | 3. Will Mommy? Or Daddy?
4. Who Knows Mommy Best?
5.  What’s In Your Phone?

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower:

Favors to Send Them Home Smiling

Stomachs are full to bursting. Laughs have shook the rafters. Gifts have been opened and gushed over. It’s time for your final push in moving this baby shower into Legendary Status. 

Reward your guest’s generosity towards the mom-to-be with a few unexpected blessings! Here are five ideas for special favors to send them home smiling.

5 Sugar & Spice Baby Shower Favor Ideas

1. Cinnamon Mini-Donuts in tagged bags
2. Homemade Sugar Hand Scrub in small jars
3. Mini cookie jars filled with Spiced Rum Nut Brittle
4. Sparkling Cider with customized labels that match your invites
5. Apple Cider Caramels in little woven sacks

Finish with Everything Nice

Have you ever gone to a party and enjoyed yourself so much that you realize on the way home that you experienced something truly unique? Something you may not experience again for a long time?

Yep. That’s what you want your guests and (most importantly) the mom-to-be to feel at the end of your sugar and spice baby shower.

Like it was, to borrow a phrase…

Sugar and spice and everything nice!

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Sugar and Spice Baby Shower Ideas

After seeing so many beautifully-crafted baby showers online, I decided on a Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice theme for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. She’s due to have a little girl in early October, so I planned the shower for Labor Day weekend. I’ve seen a couple of gorgeous examples of Sugar & Spice themed baby showers, so I wanted to incorporate this fun, playful theme in a unique way.

You remember that phrase from the old nursery rhyme,”

“What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice and everything nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.”

Well, if the excitement for the birth of a baby girl has you all in a tizzy, this themed baby shower may be just the ticket.

Sugar and Spice Baby Shower Theme

With the help of my family and a few friends, I managed to plan a fabulous Sunday baby shower for about 20 guests at my parents’ house. My color scheme was light pink and brown with an emphasis on all things sweet and spicy! You can order or make your own sugar spice baby shower invitation. I sent mine out through evite but you could also print some from Greetings Island and send them out by snail mail.

Sugar And Spice Baby Shower Foods

We served a buffet of salads for brunch: chicken salad, egg salad, and salmon salad on croissant sandwiches. Side dishes included tortilla chips with spicy salsa, fresh veggies and sweet fruit salad. Of course, a dessert bar was absolutely essential!

To match the color scheme, we made chocolate and strawberry cupcakes and arranged them on a three-tiered metal-wired platter. Alongside the cupcakes, we presented cake pops made with vanilla cake and pink (vanilla-flavored) frosting. My best friend made the pops, and as this was her first time making them, the cake pops ended up falling off some of the sticks. If you’re making cake pops for the first time, make sure not to form the cake balls too large. Also, dip the sticks in the melted white chocolate before putting a cake ball onto the stick.

A Sugar and Spice Candy Buffet
Sugar and Spice Theme Cupcake and Candy Bar

A candy buffet adds a dash of sweetness to any shower. Beside the cupcakes and cake pops, we arranged a candy buffet for the guests. We placed the candy in clear glass jars and small pink buckets. Using a variety of containers spruced up the look of the buffet. If you’re setting up a candy buffet, make sure to provide clear plastic bags with twist ties so that the guests can fill up their own bags. We used sugar spice cupcakes with various sweet and spicy candy options such as rock candy and red hots.

We placed all the desserts and the candy buffet on one counter with enough space on one side of it for guests to freely stand by it. I also made sure to keep the extra candy on hand so that I could replenish the containers if the candy level got low. If you want to make a sugar and spice baby shower cake, I suggest this spice cake recipe and just change the sprinkles to pink sprinkles to fit with the color pallate.

Sugar And Spice Decor

A simple but bright banner added color and enthusiasm to the shower. I had no free wall space, but I made sure the banner was still placed on the outskirts of the event space so that everyone could see it but I didn’t have to put anything on the back!

For baby shower decorations, we placed vases of carnations in the middle of the brunch buffet, as well as on each dining table. We also made a baby shower banner announcing, “It’s a girl!” which we hung in the widest archway. I bought a pre-made banner with 10 individual pink-striped flags. In order to spell out the message, I traced each letter on purple scrapbook paper. I wanted the letters to be as large as possible while still fitting onto the flags. Then, I cut each letter out of the paper and glued it onto a flag.  You can also place a few items such as pacifiers around tied with ribbon to enrich the baby shower theme decor and double as gifts the mother can use.

Sugar And Spice Baby Shower Activities

I wanted to give the guests several baby shower games and activities to complete over the course of the shower. We filled an oversized baby bottle with jelly beans and set up a “Guess How Many” contest.

We had guests address their own envelopes so that my expectant sister-in-law would have an easier time sending thank-you notes for the baby shower gifts.

Letting guests offer personal thoughts makes the guestbook more memorable. We used cardstock rectangles to keep things simple, but you could also cut the cardstock into the shape of animals or flowers.

In place of a guest book, we set up a station where guests could write their personal wishes for the baby. We strung several lengths of rough brown twine across the wall in a small alcove. My youngest sister used baby-themed stickers to decorate rectangles of cardstock – enough for each guest to have one. She then attached each cardstock rectangle to the twine using pink wooden clothespins. Each guest pulled off a card, wrote what they hoped for the baby’s life, signed their name, and re-pinned the card to the twine. After the shower, we bound all the cards together and gave them to the expectant mother. The book served as a guestbook as well as an emotional keepsake.

It is also a nice idea to have a sugar and spice baby shower party theme photo station. Some pink back ground with some pink and white balloons is nice and simple and makes for fun selfies with the mother to be!

Sugar And Spice Baby Shower Party Favors

For favors, we mixed up a sugar and spice hand scrub using white and brown sugar, almond oil, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. We scooped the scrub into tiny jars, then wrapped them with pink and brown ribbon and brown paper tags. The guests loved these Sugar and Spice themed favors!

I would definitely recommend a Sugar and Spice theme to anyone looking for a simple but versatile baby shower theme, especially for a baby girl! This was the first baby shower I had ever planned, so I definitely utilized all of my spectacularly helpful family members and friends for assistance. Have you come across any particularly enjoyable baby shower themes or activities?

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If you're having a baby soon and throwing a baby shower during the fall season, you're in luck. There is no shortage of creative and adorable Halloween baby shower ideas and themes to highlight at your party. From ghosts and monsters to pumpkins and cats, the fall season is filled with Halloween-themed inspiration for every parent-to-be.

Little boo on the way

This topic is about little boo in the oven. Decorative elements should focus on tiny ghosts throughout and in a black, silver and white color scheme (for a more sophisticated and upscale look) or shades of orange, green and purple for a fun and whimsical vibe. Use a garland that says "Peek-a-Boo" or "Waiting for our Boo-tiful Baby". Hang Halloween themed holiday jumpsuits with little ghosts from the front from the clothesline. What a hauntingly beautiful scene this will turn out to be.

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Create an absolutely spooky dessert table. Play with the classic white ghost color and create a candy bar with white candies and chocolates in jars of different sizes. Make ghost-themed cake tortillas and a tiered white cake covered in fondant work to resemble a classic ghost.

Use white balloons to create charming balloon arches in doorways, or cover white balloons with black or silver mesh fabric to add eerie texture to spaces.

Waiting for your Jack or Sally

Sure, you're not expecting a real nightmare to be born, but you can play in Tim Burton's infamous movie The Nightmare Before Christmas: Watch Out for a festive and spooky shower no one will ever forget anytime soon . Purchase unique invitations to welcome guests to your baby shower and put together matching themed decor that is easy to find at major party supply stores. Hire a local baker to create a culinary wonder inspired by the film itself; or if you're a kitchen genius (or know someone who is), create your own.

When it comes to decor and design, you'll want to play with fabrics and textures in black, purple and yellow. Like many other Halloween themed shower ideas, this Nightmare Before Christmas Idea will suit parents expecting a little girl, little boy, or parents who don't know what they have yet. This theme also works well for Pumpkin Floor: Ideas You'll Fall in Love With. Will the future parents welcome little Jack or little Sally? Let the inside of the beautiful cake reveal the answer.

Welcome to the world, little kitten

Black cats have long been synonymous with Halloween, and baby animals go hand in hand with baby showers. For Halloween, combine these two concepts and create a baby shower with a black kitten. Use the phrase "Welcome to the world, little kitty" on invitations and garlands. Create a chic evening look filled with black, white and silver decor. As a treat, use kitten muffin toppers and serve cookies in the shape of black cats. Decorate tables with black tulle and wrap silver or white balloons in cloth. So trendy, festive and fun.

Baby is Brewing

Baby is Brewing theme is a great shower idea if you are planning to take a shower Jack and Jill's unique shower ideas for parents-to-be. Invite the guys and girls closest to you and be sure to serve non-alcoholic cocktails, as well as popular craft beer. Hand out personalized beers, cocktails or bottle openers to those who will be at the party and create a casual menu that pairs well with beer. Consider hot dogs and hamburgers if the weather is still warm, or chili pots if the temperature is cooler. Be sure to check out Pressure Cooker Chili Recipe, Vegetarian Chili Recipes: A New Take on a Classic, and Vegetarian Chili Recipes: A New Take on a Classic Fall-Inspired Like Pumpkin.

For fabrics, balloons, garlands and other decorative elements, use warm shades of brown, yellow, cream and brown. Think of all the different types of beer and play with the common colors of lagers, ales and stouts. Don't forget to add more black cauldrons to your display cases!

The sweetest pleasure

Sweet-based baby showers have become widely popular in recent years. The hosts and hostesses play with mimosas, doughnuts and chocolate bars, inviting guests to eat sweet snacks and celebrate the upcoming arrival. Host a Halloween baby shower where your bigwig and decadent treats will be the center of attention. Think designer cookies, fall-themed punch recipes, a cake that serves as both food and decoration, and a candy bar where guests can download delicious meals to take home.

Here comes the little monster

Your favorite will be sugar, spices and all good things, of course, never be a little monster! That doesn't mean you can't have a baby shower with monsters in October. Use bright primary colors or classic Halloween colors like black, white, and orange, as well as greens or purples, to brighten up your shower. Turn sayings into garlands and invitations that say "Our little monster" and "We created a monster." Have each guest fill out a page in the tip book (which can also serve as 17 Clever Baby Shower Guestbook Ideas for 17 Clever Baby Shower Guestbook Ideas) offering advice to parents-to-be on how to raise their own little monster.

Serve a delicious Monster Cookie Recipe or Monster themed cupcakes and have fun celebrating the arrival of a new member of your circle.

Love you, little pumpkin

Baby shower based on pumpkins and all things autumn is a great way to celebrate the birth of a baby. Use pumpkin, orange and white in your shower decor. Display baby pumpkins in different colors and hang a garland that says "Welcome little pumpkin" or "Adding another pumpkin to our yard."

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Creative Cake Topper

No shower is complete without a sweet treat at the end of the event! A themed cake is not only delicious, but it deserves to be a dessert table decoration if done right. Choose a cake that matches the color of your soul and decorate it with the perfect beautiful cake topper. If you're going to be showering around pumpkins, consider a pumpkin topper. You can also use an adorable witch silhouette topper that shows off an eloquent baby bump, little ghosts, miniature monsters, or black cats to put the finishing touch on a beautifully crafted baby shower cake.

Small Pumpkin Diaper Cakes

Diaper cakes serve as shower decorations and extremely useful and functional gifts that are sure to come in handy when baby debuts. If you know how to make a diaper cake, adapting it for the season will be easy. Use black and orange ribbons and bows for every diaper cake you make, or play with the shower theme colors to make a diaper cake that is perfect for a baby shower theme.

Sweet and Spooky Cupcake Toppers

If you decide to ditch the big traditional baby shower cake and opt for cupcakes instead, don't forget to complete your treat with festive cupcake toppers that are related to your party theme. Choose from purring beautiful black cat party toppers, dazzling pumpkin toppers for eye-catching desserts, or spooky toppers in all shapes and sizes. Homemade cupcakes and toppers are a cost-effective way to treat guests to treats without skimping on a traditional tiered cake.

Halloween Themed Shower Games, Balloons and Invitations

Don't forget to offer Halloween themed games to your guests. Choose games that match the tone of your shower room, or games that feature fall design elements. Don't forget to add adorable balloon decor to the scene and send out invitations hinting at spooky fun!

Boo-tiful Balloons

Balloons are a great way to tie color, texture and fun into a Halloween themed baby shower. Use whatever colors best suit your theme. Choose from silver, black and white for a black kitty party, creamy brown and orange for a little pumpkin or Baby’s Brewing party, or purple, white, black and yellow for a shower The Nightmare Before Christmas . Color balloons in tulle, create balloon arches and collect balloons on buffet and gift tables.

Ghost Invitations

These days you can create just about any invitation you can dream of. Think about the tone of your baby shower and choose an invitation that matches the theme of the party. Invitations range from pretty purple invitations to creepy and serene words of welcome. An invitation is the first thing your guests see at your party, so make your invitations eye-catching and stunning additions to the overall theme.

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Fall is the perfect time to celebrate the birth of a baby because the season offers many creative and cute themes and decorative items. Halloween baby shower themes are festive, whimsical, and completely gender-neutral. Whatever theme you choose, make sure it suits your personality and taste and it's something you'll cherish for years to come.

10 unusual and tasty winter drinks for children

To get more pleasure from winter walks with a child, you need warm clothes and a tasty drink in a thermos. We have collected for you unusual recipes for hot drinks from all over the world and will be happy to cook them together with you in this article.

Glögi (Finland and Sweden)

Glögi is a drink based on wine, spices, nuts and dried fruits. It is the official drink of Christmas and many other winter holidays. Its alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions are sold ready-made in Scandinavian countries. For example, in Finland - in the Alko network. Also in the markets you can find ready-made sets of spices, nuts and dried fruits for making this drink loved by Scandinavians.


  • 300 ml grape/blackcurrant/cherry juice
  • 700 ml water
  • 1-4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1.5 tsp cardamom seed
  • almonds and raisins - to taste
  • sugar - to taste
  • ginger, orange peel - to taste

If ordinary juice is used, and not concentrated, then the spices are heated directly with it (for this you need to take 1 liter of juice, without water!) to 60-70 ° C. It is best to use blackcurrant juice and grape juice, you can also add a little apple juice, but it is better to mix all three. Once the spiced juice has been heated to the correct temperature, it should be tasted and sweetened if necessary. Glegi's excellent company will be gingerbread cookies.

Chicha Morada (Peru and Bolivia)

This is a hearty and tasty drink that is made from a rather rare purple corn, but it is easy to replace it with regular one. Morada is a very hearty and thick drink, it is served for breakfast in the homeland, but you can enjoy this unusual drink on the street.


  • 4 liters of water
  • 100 grams of "blue corn"
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1.5 cups cane sax
  • 1.5 finely chopped pineapple
  • 0.5 apple, finely chopped
  • Z-4 lemons

This recipe can be easily reduced to corn, spices and saxapa. We put corn, apples, pineapples and spices in water, bring to a boil, reduce the fire to medium and boil for 40 minutes. After that, remove from the fire, filter and set aside. We squeeze lemons. You can add spices at the end.

Mint tea (Morocco)

This warming drink is part of Moroccan culture. In the original, it is brewed in iron teapots and poured from a great height. By the way. Do you know why they do it? to cool the tea. Locals drink sweet mint tea instead of water during the day. During the tea ceremony, it is recommended to drink three glasses of Moroccan drink for health, love and long life. The first cup of tea is as pleasant as life, the second is as strong as love, the third is bitter as death. By the way, due to repeated brewing, the taste of tea is unusual and very rich.


  • 3 teaspoons green tea
  • 1 liter of water
  • a cup of mint
  • 6 pieces (5-6 tsp) sugar

Place the tea in the pitcher. Pour boiling water over the tea, then wait a bit for the leaves to open and peel. Drain the water, add mint and half the sugar. Fill with boiling water. Put on fire, bring to a boil. Pour in the rest of the sugar, mix everything well. Pour the glasses in three steps, pouring the tea back into the jug so that the sugar and tea mix well, then the drink will get the right taste.

Apple mulled wine (Germany)

Mulled wine is a popular European wine-based hot drink. But there are also excellent non-alcoholic options that will appeal not only to European children, but also to you. Such a drink will perfectly warm and spread an unimaginable aroma.


  • 500 ml fresh apple juice
  • 1 small apple
  • 2 tbsp. l. raisins
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 orange
  • 100 ml glass of water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 sticks of cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger optional
  • 1 st. l. liquid honey optional
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Pour water and apple juice into a saucepan, put on a slow fire to heat. From the halves of an orange and a lemon, we need the zest, grate it and add it to warm apple juice. Put the raisins and zest into a saucepan. Peel the apple, cut into pieces and send to the same pan. Add the remaining spices there and leave to cook until the first bubbles appear. Remove from heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes. Strain. You can add honey. Ready!

Pumpkin Latte (USA)

We owe the popularity of the most autumn drink to Peter Dukes, who developed seasonal drinks for the Starbucks chain. Now everyone at least once in the city who has this chain of coffee houses orders this delicious drink for himself. And those who don’t have Starbucks cook with us together and take them in a thermos for a walk.


  • 400 g pumpkin, peeled
  • 240 ml water
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 star anise
  • 500 ml coffee
  • 120 ml milk

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and place a baking sheet with chopped pumpkin in it for 40 minutes. After the time has elapsed, puree the pumpkin pieces with a blender. Combine the pumpkin puree with the rest of the syrup ingredients and simmer the mixture over low heat for 12-15 minutes. Stir regularly. Combine syrup with brewed coffee and milk.

Uzvar (Ukraine)

Uzvar is a traditional Ukrainian drink made from dried fruits. In the old days, uzvar was prepared mainly for Christmas, but today it is prepared, sold and bought at any time of the year, despite the abundance of fruits and berries, because it has a pleasant, not sugary taste, and it quenches thirst well. Unlike ordinary compote, uzvar is not boiled, but insisted. Thanks to this, the drink retains all the beneficial properties.


  • 100 gr dried apples
  • 100 gr dried pears
  • 100 gr prunes
  • 50 gr raisins
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 3 l. water

Pour dried fruits with water and leave for 20-30 minutes. According to some recommendations, dried fruits can be soaked overnight. Rinse well several times with running water. If you are preparing an uzvar with sugar (for 3 liters you need 2-3 tablespoons of sugar), then you need to bring the water to a boil, add sugar and boil it for several minutes, and only then add washed dried fruits. If the uzvar is with honey, then dried fruits can be poured with cold water and sent to the stove. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover the saucepan with a lid and leave to infuse. If desired, you can cover the uzvar with a towel or blanket, so it will cool longer and the dried fruits will give more taste. After the uzvar has become warm, add honey and mix well. Pour the cooled uzvar into a jug and place on the table.

Anismelk (Netherlands)

This is a drink made from sweetened milk with anise grains soaked in it, giving it a slightly spicy taste. Not only does this anise milk keep you warm, but it also helps with insomnia, so after an active walk with your child, schedule a quiet hour. Or two.


  • 200 ml. milk
  • 4 tsp honey
  • Box of cardamom
  • Anise seeds - 1 tsp

Grind anise and cardamom seeds in a mortar. Heat the milk, spices and honey in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. While whisking, bring the milk to a boil. Let it brew a little, strain through a sieve into cups or special glasses for hot drinks. Close your eyes and imagine yourself riding on a frozen canal in Amsterdam. By the way, for going to the skating rink - really, that's it!

Masala Chai (India)

Masala chai, containing cardamom, ginger and other spices diluted in hot milk, was originally conceived as a tonic to invigorate the body and spirit. It is an explosive mixture of black tea, hot milk, water and spices. Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, grated ginger and pepper are suitable as spices. In addition, this tea has an unusual aroma, which is betrayed by nutmeg, vanilla and anise.


  • 600 ml. milk
  • 200 ml. water
  • 2 tbsp. spoons (or 2 bags) of black tea
  • 2-3 tsp sugar
  • Cinnamon - 1 stick (break in half)
  • Cardamom - 3-4 pods (crushed in a mortar)
  • Black peppercorns - 6 pcs. (crush in mortar)
  • Ginger root (fresh) - a piece of 3 cm long (grate on a fine grater) Cloves (dried) - 3 pcs. (add right before serving)

Pour water into a 1 liter saucepan, let it boil and add tea, leave for 1 minute over low heat. Add milk, spices (except cloves!) and sugar. Simmer the liquid under the lid until the sugar is completely dissolved - another 2-4 minutes. Turn off the stove, leave for 1 minute, add cloves - and pour into small cups. This is a natural energy drink, so be careful when offering it to children.

Sbiten (Russia)

Sbiten is a Russian non-alcoholic traditional drink brewed from honey, northern berries, herbs and spices. It has been warming and healing people in Rus' since the 12th century. Before the advent of tea in Russia, sbiten was perhaps the only hot Russian drink, it was prepared in special samovars. There were even "downed kurens", which were located in crowded places in the city. St. John's wort, sage, bay leaf, ginger and capsicum were often added to sbiten. The drink is also interesting for its tonic qualities, it increases immunity and mental activity.


  • 4 cups of water
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 5 st. spoons of honey
  • clove, cinnamon, bay leaf - 1 pc
  • cardamom - 2-3 pieces

Pour 4 cups of water into a saucepan, put on fire and bring to a boil. Add half a glass of sugar, 5 tablespoons of honey and various spices to boiling water (cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf - 1 pc., cardamom - 2-3 pcs.). Boil for 10-15 minutes. Strain and pour into a thermos.

Colada morada (Ecuador)

A little-known drink is a thick fruity-spicy drink, reminiscent of berry jelly with spices.


  • 4 liters of water
  • 225g cornmeal
  • 500g blueberries
  • 250g blackberries
  • 1 pineapple, cut into pieces
  • 450g strawberries cut into pieces
  • 1 exotic babako (can be replaced with peaches or left out)
  • 8 naranchiyas (can be replaced with sea buckthorn)
  • 5 sticks of cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • Orange peel)
  • 2 mint leaves
  • Sweet pepper
  • 2 cups sugar (it will be very sweet!)

Boil water, put spices, cook for 10 minutes with the lid closed.
In a separate saucepan, boil strawberries, pineapple and babako, set aside. Grind sea buckthorn, blueberries and blackberries in a blender, wipe through a sieve. To the water (get the spices out!) add blueberry and blackberry juice, then sea buckthorn and cornmeal. Stirring continuously, cook until thickened. Add cooked fruit, sugar to taste.

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