The following five beverage recipes are must-make concoctions for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for something to warm you, refresh you or give any party an extra kick, these will do the trick!
Homemade Hot Cocoa (1 serving)
1 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions: In a small pot on the stove, combine milk, cocoa powder and sugar. Heat on medium-low and stir until cocoa and sugar dissolve. Add vanilla and continue stirring until just before boiling. Pour into a a mug and top with whipped cream, cinnamon, and marshmallows, if desired.
Hot Buttered Rum (4 servings)
Directions: In a medium bowl, add brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat until fully blended and smooth. Transfer to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup or bowl. Add the rum and cups of boiling water; stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.
Cranberry-Pomegranate Cooler (6 – 8 servings)
32 fluid oz. cranberry-pomegranate juice
8 fluid oz. sparkling water
1 cup cranberries
Directions: Fill a pitcher or punch bowl about 1/3 full of ice. Add cranberry-pomegranate juice and top with sparkling water. Cut up lime in thin slices, add to pitcher/punch bowl. Pour in cranberries, stir and serve!
Spiced Citrus Sangria (6 – 8 servings)
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 large orange, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups spiced rum
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 750-mL Cabernet Sauvignon
1 cup orange juice
Directions: Chill fruit and liquid ingredients for at least 2 hours. Place the fruit in a large pitcher, then add rum and sugar. Stir gently and refrigerate for at least 2 more hours. Add the wine and orange juice, stir. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
White Wine Sangria (6 – 8 servings)
1 750-mL bottle Pinot Gris, or other dry white wine
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 lime, sliced thick
1 lemon, slicked thick
1 medium Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
1 bunch green grapes
1 cup lemon-lime soda
Directions: Combine white wine, brandy and sugar in a large pitcher, stirring until sugar is mostly dissolved. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add lime, lemon, apple and grapes. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Top everyone’s glass off with lemon-lime soda. Enjoy!
This is our final recipe post before Christmas, and because there are so many delicious concoctions out there for serving and feeding guests at Christmastime, we have compiles a selection of our favorites: a drink recipe, a slow-cooker recipe, a dessert recipe and a main dish (or side dish) recipe to enjoy Christmas Eve, Christmas day or as an indulgence after the holidays.
Frozen Hot Chocolate
What’s the point, you ask? For some variety and party flair! You can always make a batch of hot chocolate, but this frozen drink will be remembered next year and the year after – especially if you serve it in Mason jars with festive straws. Get the recipe here.
& Cheddar Soup
A classic soup recipe for any occasion, you can set this up before a party or have it ready just in time for dinner while barely lifting a finger – the host should be able to enjoy their party too! Alter the broccoli or cheddar measurements to fit your preferences, and serve with your favorite bread or on its own. Cooking Classy has the recipe.
Baked Potato Casserole
Your ham may already be glazed and covered in pineapple slices, so we have a side dish that will go perfectly with the sweet flavor of your main course. This casserole is garlicy, cheesy and oh-so-creamy; the perfect trifecta! The recipe also includes bacon, so step up your pork game or leave it out and let the potato do all the talking. You’ll have leftovers for regrouping after the holidays, and a new recipe for the new year. Check it out here.
Christmas Tree Brownies
Okay, so we sort of started with a dessert, but these are too cute not to mention. You can basically add any sprinkles, peppermint, chocolate chips or other toppings to make it your own, but get started over at One Little Project – it’s a great way to keep kids occupied and happy during a party too!