Favorite holiday drink recipes

Favorite holiday drink recipes

Luckily, we're not a house that gets sick very often. However, we had a certain seven year old get taken down by a virus. The girl has never missed school for being sick and today, well, today she didn't either because she doesn't have school all week.

As we sat in the doctor's office this afternoon, I joked around how her brain must know she's not in school and that's why it decided to let her get sick for a few days.

Needless to say, we weren't cranking out any mini field trips, crafts or science experiments today. After leaving the pediatrician, I really just wanted a good drink. No, not the kind where I get carded (if I'm lucky).

This one I got at the Starbucks drive through. Today, ladies and gentlemen, I had my first Peppermint Mocha Latte. Year after year, this is the most popular holiday drink at Starbucks.

After hearing about people clamoring to get their hands on these every year, I decided to give it a try. I didn't go all out because I did skim milk and no whipped cream, but it still tasted like I was drinking a peppermint patty only with more caffeine. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

It got me thinking about my favorite holiday drinks. I'm talking anything you can't wait to pour yourself from Thanksgiving to New Year's. Here are my two favorites:

Classic Hot Cocoa


4 cups milk

1/3 cup hot water

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

pinch of salt

marshmallows (optional)


1. Stir hot water, sugar, cocoa and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.

2. Add milk, stirring constantly until milk warms. Do not boil.

3. Serve immediately. Top with marshmallows if desired.

My favorite grown up drink is mulled wine. Yes, every time I say that I get the same response. Mold wine? Why would you drink moldy wine? It's mulled people, mulled I say! And it's delicious.

Mulled Wine


1 bottle red wine (such as Cabernet Sauvignon)

1/2 cup sugar

4 whole cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

3 star anise

zest from 2 oranges


1. Put all ingredients together in a large saucepan.

2. Cook over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. (Do not boil, as you will cook off the alcohol.)

3. Serve immediately in mugs. Garnish with orange slices.

Another reason I love mulled wine is because you can play around with the recipe. You can add apple cider or orange juice if you'd like. Also, you can use ground, instead of whole, spices and either strain or drink as it. It's really up to your personal taste. Be creative!

Here are even more holiday drink ideas to get you in the spirit.

Martha Stewart: 12 Holiday Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Festive Holiday Cocktails from Famous Bars Across the U.S.

What are you favorite holiday drinks? Are they the homemade kind or the ones you order when you're out? Please share in the comments!

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