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!