I feel sort of funny posting this recipe because we’ve had a few amazing days of warm weather!  I actually wore a short-sleeved shirt and sandals to the park yesterday – glorious.  You see, I love everything about winter except the cold temps.  Hah.


Speaking of being chilly, Maggie is back to wearing her housecoat most of the time (because I’m winning The Thermostat Wars this year), but when she’s ‘naked,’ she’s been snuggling up next to James constantly.  I guess he’s really warm!  They’re so cute.


Although I am not a fan of the cold, I am hoping for SNOW this year (oxymoron, yes – I know).  We don’t get a ton of snow in Charlotte usually, but we had two huge storms last year that dumped 5 and 10 inches on the city.  It was awesome – Henry loved it!  I actually think he remembers it and keeps asking me when it’s going to snow again.


So, even though it’s currently 65 degrees outside and I’m rocking a tank top, I thought I’d throw out this warm-me-up recipe – I know some of you are already buried in snow!  And even if you’re not, it sure is tasty…

spice mix

What is this spice blend, you ask? Well, simply put a 1/4 teaspoon (per cup of coffee) in your plain coffee grounds and brew away!  The result is a wintry, delicious, warming coffee filled with spicy flavor.

spice blend

The spices include cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel. 


Winter Blend Spice Mix for Coffee:


2 tablespoons cinnamon

1/2 tablespoon cloves

1 tablespoon orange peel


Add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon per 1/8 cup coffee grounds prior to brewing or French pressing.  Add cream and sugar, if desired!


Also – try the same thing but with my DIY Pumpkin Spice! It’s really yummy.


Stay warm, inside and out!  <3



  • Alex @ True Femme November 12, 2014, 1:31 pm

    I want to make this! It sounds amazing! It was 70 degrees last week here in Colorado and today it’s 3 degrees with snow. If you want some snow I’d be happy to share 🙂

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 12, 2014, 2:14 pm

    I want your warm temperatures! It snowed here yesterday!!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 12, 2014, 2:38 pm

    I love putting some homemade pumpkin pie spice in my coffee to brew!

  • Katie November 12, 2014, 3:59 pm

    This sounds similar to Trader Joe’s pumpkin coffee. My mom hates all the pumpkin things, but she smelled the coffee I made the other day and love it. The orange peel is the best part!

  • Sarah @ Sunny Runner November 12, 2014, 5:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, that is genius! I’m upset that I just brewed a fresh pot of coffee before reading this. I will be trying it out in the morning. Thanks!

  • Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey November 12, 2014, 5:58 pm

    I like the idea of adding a homemade spice mix to coffee! I’ve tried a lot of wintertime coffee flavors and I’ve found many to be overpowering. Can’t wait to try this! I might even add some cocoa powder for another variation. 🙂

  • Emily November 12, 2014, 6:20 pm

    This sounds amazing! I’m a big fan of adding cinnamon to my french press, but I’ll have to try this and take it up a notch!

  • Alyssa November 12, 2014, 8:18 pm

    Would you do a post soon on running in the winter, or link back
    to one? Thanks! My husband and I just moved to CO and I want to try for a half marathon in May.

    • Caitlin November 13, 2014, 9:14 am

      I don’t have one that’s really good but I bet CarrotsnCake.com does! She runs a lot and lives in Boston.

  • jamie November 12, 2014, 9:00 pm

    I made your pumpkin spice coffee mixture, but couldn’t figure out why it always seemed to settle on top of the coffee. I completely missed the part of the directions that said “add to coffee grounds.” I was adding it right into the coffee. No wonder! 🙂

    • Caitlin November 13, 2014, 9:14 am

      Ahhh oh no! Hahaha.

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 12, 2014, 11:11 pm

    LOVE orange a coffee together. I had orange infused coffee at a restaurant in New York and it changed my world. I just remembered it after seeing this post.

  • Janelle @ Wholly Healthy November 13, 2014, 4:11 am

    This sounds great! I never would have thought to have add orange peel.

  • Kate November 13, 2014, 7:39 am

    Yum! This reminds me of my favorite mix from The Fresh Market, Cafe L’Orange. We don’t have a Fresh Market in Rock Hill, so this would be a great substitute when I can’t make it up to Charlotte.

  • Carrie (This Fit Chick) November 13, 2014, 8:35 am

    I love the idea of making your own spice blend! I’ve never done that before!

  • Monica November 13, 2014, 10:44 am

    That sounds delicious! I would have never thought to put spices in with the coffee grounds to make flavored coffee. Great idea!

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