Holiday Drinks

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The time right around Christmas, and winter in general, calls for something a little more special than just a simple cup of tea or glass of wine at the end of long, cold day. There is nothing more inviting and relaxing than winding down with something warm, flavorful, and extra hearty on a cold winter’s night. Hot cocoa, cider, and eggnog are always classic go-to festive drinks, so I decided to put a twist on the traditional, and come up with a few more soulful options for this holiday season.

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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Recipe

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons hot chocolate powder

1 teaspoon white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Mix milk, hot chocolate powder, white sugar, and vanilla extract in a mug. Microwave for two minutes. Stir in ground ginger, top with homemade whipped cream and cinnamon.

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Hot Spiced Cider

Recipe

2 c apple cider

1 c water

1/2 c brown sugar

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1/2 tablespoon butter

Heat apple cider, water, sugar, and spices over medium until hot (not boiling). Remove from heat, add butter and stir until melted. Garnish with cinnamon sugar rim.

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Hot Buttered Rum

Recipe

2/3 c packed brown sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 c honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

pinch salt

3/4 c spiced rum

2 c boiling water

cinnamon sticks for garnish

Beat together brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until smooth.  Add in rum and boiling water, stir until butter mixture dissolves. Serve and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

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