Holiday Drinks: 5 Festive Drink Ideas

Holiday Drinks: 5 Festive Drink Ideas
The holiday season is upon us, which means it's time to start enjoying warm beverages! From hot cocoa to mulled wine, there are many festive drinks you can make with the help of this blog post. Here are five easy recipes that will be sure to please your guests this year.

Eggnog
Eggnog is a holiday staple. For those of you unfamiliar with this creamy drink, it's basically just eggs and cream mixed together! While the ingredients may not sound too appetizing at first glance, egg nog has an incredible flavor that will have your guests coming back for more all night long.

Ingredients:
4 large eggs
2.4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 oz bourbon and cognac
1 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a blender. Mix until combined, about 50 seconds.
Transfer to an airtight container and let it sit in the fridge to absorb all of the flavors. Serve with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg on top!

Mulled Wine
For those who prefer something more complex than just cocoa, try making some mulled wine. This drink combines spices like cinnamon sticks and cloves into red wine for an extra boost of flavor.

Ingredients:
1 large orange
1/4 cup brandy
1 bottle of Zinfandel or Merlot
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
3 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
3 cloves

Directions:
Slice oranges into thin rounds. Place it into the bottom of a pot.
Add the brandy and wine into the pot, along with half the sweetener. Add cloves, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.
Allow the mixture to steam, reduce to low once bubbling, allowing it to cook for 10 minutes.
Serve in mugs

Hot Cocoa
If you're looking to add a little heat to your holiday festivities, why not try hot cocoa? The recipe we feature here is the perfect drink for those chilly winter nights!

Ingredients
4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
Place sugar, cocoa powder, and milk in a saucepan. Allow it to heat up while whisking consistently.
Add vanilla extract and chocolate chips. Allow the mixture to heat until the chocolate has disappeared. Serve immediately with a candy cane, marshmallows, or whipped cream.

Gingerbread Latte
Are you looking for something more traditional than mulled wine or hot cocoa? How about a gingerbread latte? Made with milk, espresso, and of course, all the traditional ingredients found in gingerbread, this drink will warm you up inside.

Ingredients:
2 shots espresso
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 cup milk

Ingredients
Combine all spices, coffee, molasses, and sugar into a cup and whisk to dissolve the spices.
Steam the milk with a frother and serve it on top of the coffee mixture.

Apple Cider
Last but not least is apple cider! This popular holiday drink combines fresh apples with mulling spices for a beverage that's great for any occasion. Simply combine the ingredients in a pot and wait as it simmers, then make your guests some mugs of this delicious holiday treat!

Ingredients
5 apples
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 orange
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 nutmeg

Directions:
Add all spices, oranges, apples, and sugar into one pot. Cover with water and allow to boil. Reduce heat and allow to cook for 2 hours.
Remove oranges, mash apples, and allow to simmer uncovered for an additional hour.
Strain through a mesh strainer, squeezing all solids out. Get rid of any solids. Serve immediately.

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