Three Drink Recipes That’ll Make You Excited for the Holidays

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Recipe featured in the picture: Cranberry-Apple Cider Punch (courtesy of Say Yes)

By: Jenna I.

Now that Christmas and the holiday season is upon us, everyone is getting ready for the festivities upon us. Christmas music is blasting out of the radio speakers, commercials for the latest and greatest products are being broadcasted on TV, and people already have their trees and lights up to feel all festive for the month of constant events among us. But, sometimes it may be hard to get in the mood if you’re drinking the same bland breakfast tea every morning, the same lifeless hot chocolate mix, or the same boring holiday punch at all of the events you attend. No one wants to experience that during the jolliest time of the year, so here are three delicious drink recipes that are sure to give you joy during and after the holiday season!

Candy Cane (Mint) Hot Chocolate (courtesy of AllRecipes) Screen Shot 2016-11-30 at 9.06.14 AM.png

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9258/candy-cane-cocoa/

Recommended by AllRecipes with an average of 4.5/5 stars, people who have made this recipe keep crawling back for more, with one review saying that their family have made this a yearly Christmas tradition of theirs! Who couldn’t resist an easy, quick, and tasty recipe that the whole family can enjoy while cuddling up by the fire, anyways? As this is a holiday classic with a slight twist, it is hard to disappoint.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ready in: 15 minutes

Recipe makes: 4 mugs full

Ingredients:

  • Milk or any milk substitute of your choosing (4 cups)
  • Whipped Cream (1 cup, for garnish)
  • 3 chopped semisweet chocolate squares, (1 ounce)
  • Small peppermint candy canes (4)
  • Regular peppermint candy canes, crushed (4)

Ingredients can also be added or substituted, as members who made reviews also recommended adding sugar, along with others substituting the semisweet chocolate with chocolate chips, the whipped cream for marshmallows, or the candy canes with peppermint extract, regular mints, mint chocolate, or, for the adults out there, peppermint schnapps! This is a very versatile recipe, and people can try it out in many different ways to see what’s best for them.

Steps:

  1. In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Add the chocolate and peppermint candies to the milk and whisk in until melted and smooth.
  2. When done, pour hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with whipped cream. Serve the drink with a small candy cane stirring stick.

Tip: make the candy cane pieces extremely small for quicker cooking time and no candy cane shards in your drink!

Cranberry-Apple Cider Punch (courtesy of Say Yes) ((Featured in the photo))

http://sayyes.com/2014/11/fizzy-drinks-for-the-holidays.html

This recipe is perfect for Christmas or New Years parties, as it offers flavours of the holiday season while offering an unconventional twist! As you only simply have to combine drinks to make this, along with picking the perfect garnish, this recipe is also extremely too, making it a quick and delicious go-to for December.

Ingredients:

  • Chilled apple cider (4 cups)
  • Chilled cranberry juice cocktail, (2 cups)
  • Chilled ginger ale (2 cups)
  • 1 can (12oz.) of frozen orange juice concentrate

Garnish options (if you want to decorate the drinks for the occasion:

  • Apple slices (thinly sliced ring that is placed in the cup, featured in the picture)
  • Orange slices (put on the rim)
  • Frozen cranberries (floating in the drink)
  • A rosemary cranberry sprig (put on the rim of the glass, featured in the picture)

Steps:

  1. Combine apple cider, cranberry juice cocktail, ginger ale, and frozen orange juice concentrate in whatever you will serve it in (a punch bowl, a large pitcher, etc.) It is recommended to do this step just before your party just so the drink stays cool, but if that cannot be done, it can be refrigerated until your event, or you could use ice, but it could water down the drink.
  2. Pour in glasses to serve, and, if desired, add a garnish

Chai Tea Latte (courtesy of Taste of Home)

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/chai-tea-latte

If you’re more of a tea drinker compared to coffee or hot chocolate yet you want something subtly sweet, the chai tea latte is perfect for you. The combination of the milk, tea, spices and sugars brings you right back to the holiday season, and it is perfect on a cold day where hot chocolate just won’t cut it. Though this recipe does involve more ingredients, it is still very quick, making it timely and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Chai tea bags of your choosing (2 individual ones)
  • Ground cinnamon (1 teaspoon)
  • Ground allspice (1/4 teaspoon)
  • Ground ginger (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Water (1 cup)
  • Milk or any milk substitute of your choosing (1 cup)
  • Packed brown sugar (1/4 cup)
  • Refrigerated French vanilla non-dairy (or with dairy, your choice) creamer (2 tablespoons)

Garnish (optional):

  • Whipped cream and ground nutmeg

Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes two servings

Steps:

  1. Steep the tea bags, cinnamon, ginger and allspice in water in what appliance you desire. The original recipe recommends putting the tea and spices in a drip coffee maker, but if you don’t have one, just regularly steeping the tea according to your preferences should work just fine.
  2. While the tea is steeping, get out a saucepan and put in the milk, brown sugar, and creamer on medium heat. Stir it and cook it until it is completely heated and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Combine the milk mixture and the tea in two mugs. If desired, add whipped cream and nutmeg.

Hope you enjoy these recipes, and have a happy holiday season!

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