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Holiday Drinks Ideas for You to Try

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With fall heading out and winter on its way in, there is much to be excited about for this season! Holidays are upon us and with the outdoor temperatures continuing to drop, having a delicious winter drink helps make the season much more enjoyable. There are an excellent variety of drinks this season that you can enjoy, no matter whether you are into something sweet or something a little spicier. Today, we’d love to take you on a journey through the delicious world of winter drinks you can make at home that transport you into the true winter spirit this season.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

When you think of the holiday season, the words “peppermint” and “hot chocolate” likely come to mind. Well, combine them, and you have a delicious holiday drink that makes for a sweet treat for the whole family! To create this rich and tasty masterpiece, you’ll need some milk, heavy cream, sugar, a bit of salt, chocolate, vanilla, peppermint extract, and some whipped cream to top it all off! Whisk all of your ingredients (minus the whipped cream) together in a pot and heat the mixture on medium-low heat until you begin to see bubbles form around the pan. Once it reaches this state, reduce the heat to low, add in the chocolate and whisk until everything is thickened and melted (about 1-2 minutes). Once it is all finished, pour the hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream and even some crushed candy canes to finish off this warm sweet treat!

Spiced Apple Cider

Another classic flavor of the holiday season for most has to be the taste of apples! From Thanksgiving to New Year, apples, in combination with spices, scream the winter holiday season and, when combined in a drink, make the perfect treat for any holiday party or get-together. If you’re looking for a delicious drink to serve with your next holiday dinner, try this nonalcoholic Spiced Apple Cider! All you’ll need for this recipe are some apple cider, brown sugar, salt, cloves, allspice, cinnamon, peppercorns, and some cranberries to wrap it all off! Place the cider in a slow cooker or large saucepan and warm on medium heat. Add all the ingredients together and cook until all the sugar is dissolved. Finally, strain and remove all of the spices before serving.

Vanilla Chai Latte

Another delicious holiday favorite for so many is a warm vanilla chai latte. The perfect balance of rich, sweet, and spicy, this drink is the ideal option for those who may not be in the mood for coffee but still want something caffeinated to enjoy during the winter months. To make this drink, all you need is some chai tea bags (commonly found at the grocery store in the tea isle), some water, milk (or milk substitute like soy, almond, or even oat!), some honey, and cinnamon and nutmeg to garnish the drink. If you’re looking for a more homemade approach, though, you may need a few more ingredients to create this drink. This recipe calls for instant tea just like the previously mentioned recipe, but will also require you to use ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and nutmeg to get the fresh flavor from the spices! 

Nonalcoholic Eggnog

Like the Peppermint Hot Chocolate, hearing the word “eggnog” likely reminds you of the joys of the holidays. This creamy, sweet winter drink is a staple for many Christmas and other holiday parties and typically includes alcohol much of the time (sorry, kids!). If you’re not into drinking, do not worry - we have a non-alcoholic eggnog recipe that is perfect (and kid-friendly) for your next holiday party! All you will need for this recipe is heavy cream, whole milk, some spices like nutmeg, vanilla extract, sugar, salt, eggs/egg yolks, and some extra toppings to seal the deal! Mix the heavy cream and grated nutmeg and place aside and then, in a saucepan, cook milk and vanilla over medium heat until the milk begins to steam. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and salt for about 5 minutes until the mixture is thick, and then add in the milk in a slow stream. Cook for about 6 minutes, then strain the mixture into a mixing bowl with the heavy cream. Finally, put the finished eggnog into the fridge for about 2 hours until chilled, and then serve and enjoy!

The holiday seasons are filled with great times and food (and drinks!) to enjoy. May this season be safe and happy for you and your loved ones, and if you’re interested in more holiday-focused blog pieces, don’t worry - there is more on the way! If you’re looking for more food inspiration for your next get-together or even weekday meal, check out our other food and drink blog pieces for some recipes, tips, fun facts, and more to get you started.

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