7 Holiday Drinks to Make at Home

By on December 17, 2014

By Lauren Carlin –

Christmas is going to come knocking on your door soon, and I bet you’re all excited about the upcoming festive season. With so much merriment in the air, it is hard not to get caught up in the Christmas cheer and start preparing to welcome the holidays.

The best thing about the celebrations is that everyone makes time from their busy schedules to reunite with their family and friends and have a great time bonding over fun, laughter, food and drinks.

Speaking of drinks, have you decided what you’re going to concoct for your near and dear ones this Christmas? If not, there are a multitude of interesting and mouth-watering options waiting for your attention. And even if you have, you may want to give the below mentioned recipes a try because they’re sure to be a big hit.

peppermint latte

1. Peppermint Café Latte

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups espresso or strong coffee
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon peppermint schnapps or peppermint essence
  • Whipped cream, for garnish

Directions:

  • Brew the coffee.
  • Take a cup and place in the espresso machine to steam. Alternatively, you can also heat a coffee mug in the microwave.
  • Pour the espresso/coffee and the milk into the coffee mug. Add the peppermint schnapps or essence to it.
  • Top with whipped cream. Serve.

Note: You can further garnish it with some fresh mint leaves and candy canes.

spiced Christmas tea

2. Spiced Christmas Tea

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 6 bags of unflavored tea
  • 8 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, 3-inches each
  • 2 cups passion fruit nectar
  • 6 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, bring the water to boil. Add tea bags, cinnamon sticks and anise. Reduce heat and let the solution simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bags and the cinnamon.
  • Add honey, nectar and lemon juice. Stir well.
  • Line up 8 tea cups and pour the tea into each one with a star anise floating on top. Serve hot.

 

eggnog latte

3. Eggnog Latte

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups light eggnog
  • 1 cup low-fat/non-fat milk
  • 1 cup espresso/strong coffee
  • 4 tablespoon sugar
  • Powdered nutmeg and whipped cream, for garnish

Directions:

  • Brew the espresso/coffee and pour in 4 different mugs. Keep aside.
  • In a small pan, whisk together eggnog, milk and sugar on medium flame for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated and frothy. Pour equally into the coffee mugs.
  • Garnish with nutmeg and/or whipped cream. Serve.

Note: To turn this into a cocktail, add ½ a shot of rum into each mug.

Marshmallow mocha

4. Roasted Marshmallow Mocha

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets frozen coffee blend, caramel flavor
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 cup coffee liqueur
  • 28 marshmallows
  • Caramel sauce, for garnish

Directions:

  • In a jug, blend the milk and the frozen coffee blend with the coffee liqueur until they have completely merged.
  • Divide this concoction equally into four glasses.
  • On a heat-resistant plate, place the marshmallows in a flower pattern, with one marshmallow in the middle and 6 around it. (Adjust this shape/size as per your glass)
  • With the help of a blow torch, brown or toast the marshmallows. They should start melting and sticking together, without disturbing the flower pattern.
  • Repeat the above steps for marshmallows for the rest of the glasses.
  • Gently pick up each marshmallow flower and place one on the top of each glass.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce for an extra punch of flavor. Serve.

hot chocolate

5. Good Ol’ Hot Chocolate

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups hot water
  • 2½ cups milk powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Line up 6 coffee mugs. Fill half of each with the dry mixture and pour the hot water. Stir well.
  • Serve hot.

Note: Garnish with marshmallows, if desired. The dry mixture can be made beforehand and stored for a couple of months.

Spice Christmas Coffee

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6. Spiced Christmas Coffee

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 5½ cups water
  • 5/8 cup whipping cream, chilled
  • ¾ cup coffee, freshly ground
  • ¾ tablespoon brandy
  • ¾ tablespoon sugar
  • 3½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Whipped cream, for garnish

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, beat the whipping cream with an electric mixer until peaks start to form.
  • Add powdered sugar and brandy and beat again.
  • Place ground coffee, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and sugar in coffee filter and mix with a spoon.
  • Add water to the coffee maker and brew the coffee as you would normally.
  • Pour the coffee into cups. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Serve.
Butterscotch ecstasy

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7. Butterscotch Ecstasy

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 3¾ cups Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 3¾ cups butterscotch schnapps
  • 2 cups anise-flavored liqueur
  • 2 cups cinnamon schnapps
  • 2 cups half and half cream
  • Zest of one lemon
  • ½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon, for garnish
  • Ice
  • Raw sugar, for decorating the rim of the glass

Directions:

  • In a cocktail shaker, add Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, anise liqueur, cinnamon schnapps, half and half, lemon zest and ice. Shake well. Strain the mixture and set aside.
  • Line up 4 martini glasses. Coat their rims by first dipping them into a small plate full of water, followed by a plate of raw sugar.
  • Pour the prepared drink equally into the glasses.
  • Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon. Serve.

Conclusion

So waste no time, whip up these drinks in a jiffy and get into the Christmas spirit. Your family and guests are sure to shower you with compliments for dishing out such exciting and wonderful beverages. Do let me know what you think about them in your comments.

 

Lauren Carlin has been a writer and editor for 6 years. She has contributed to many websites on a variety of topics including health, fitness, fashion and lifestyle. Even away from work she leads a full life. She is a hands-on mother to two adorable children and loves spending time her family.
Lauren Carlin

About Lauren Carlin

Lauren Carlin has been a writer and editor for 6 years. She has contributed to many websites on a variety of topics including health, fitness, fashion and lifestyle. Even away from work she leads a full life. She is a hands-on mother to two adorable children and loves spending time her family.

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7 Holiday Drinks to Make at Home