Winter is officially here and these colder temperatures have us reaching for our cozy blankets and a nice cup of hot chocolate. However, if hot chocolate isn’t exactly your cup of, well, hot chocolate, then we have alternatives for you! Whether you are looking for a hot holiday cocktail, or a festive, non-alcoholic drink that will warm you right up, we’ve got a recipe for you! Here are 4 warm holiday drinks to try this season.
- 6 cups apple cider
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 bottle (750 milliliters) sparkling grape juice or sparkling wine
- slices of apples, oranges, and dried cranberries (for garnish)
- In a large pitcher combine apple cider, orange juice, cranberry juice, and lemon juice.
- Stir in the sparkling white grape juice or sparkling wine.
- Add sliced fruit and serve.
- 1 gal. fresh apple cider
- 5 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2½ tsp. ground nutmeg
- 2½ tsp. ground ginger
- 3 c. bourbon
- In a stockpot, heat apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
- When mixture is hot but not boiling, remove from heat and add bourbon. Stir to distribute spices and divide cider among 20 mugs.
If you are bored with plain old hot cocoa during the winter, then try this fun twist on a holiday classic.
- 4 cups low fat/skim milk
- 2 tablespoons Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread (or any hazelnut cacao spread)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons natural sweetener of choice/raw sugar
- Crushed hazelnuts
- Chocolate chips
- Extra Nutella
- Heat milk in a medium sized saucepan on medium – high heat until beginning to warm and steam. Add the spread, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until dissolved and combined. Bring to a gentle simmer while stirring, and take off heat.
- Serve with your desired toppings.
- 3 oz. Spiced rum
- 1½ whole milk
- ½ cup canned coconut milk
- 1½ tsp coconut extract
- 1 vanilla bean
- Toasted coconut for garnish
- You will also need a frother.
- Add 1½ ounces of spiced rum to each of two mugs.
- Add milk, coconut milk, and coconut extract to a small pot.
- Slice vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape the paste out of the bean and add both paste and bean to the milk, bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and remove the vanilla bean.
- Use a frother to froth the milk for 1 minute, evenly pour milk mixture into the mugs, holding back the foam with a spoon and then spoofing it onto the top of the liquid.
- Garnish with toasted coconut and serve immediately.