One of the best parts of the holiday season is pulling out recipes that you only make once or twice a year. Those recipes usually evoke memories of home and loved ones, making them all the more wonderful.
Now that the holidays are here, seasonal drinks are just what we need to get festive and remind us of home. Like so many of the holiday foods we eat, delicious holiday drinks are filled with all kinds of tastes and flavors that bring on the memories and make us feel at home. These 12 seasonal drink recipes will transport you back to your most beloved places while also creating new memories with your loved ones.
Holiday Sips! 1 of 13
These drinks are perfect for the holiday season!
Hot Vanilla 2 of 13
Vanilla is one of the coziest scents and flavors around and always brings about memories of home. A mug of "hot vanilla" is just what you need to get warm and cozy during the holidays!
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
- 2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Whisk together over low to medium heat until butter melts and milk is the temperature you prefer.
Cranberry Orange Slush 3 of 13
My family has made cranberry slush every holiday season for generations. The flavor always reminds me of home and I haven't gone a holiday yet without this delicious drink! Orange juice is added to this version for extra holiday flair.
Cranberry Orange Slush
From Jane Maynard, This Week for Dinner
- 2 cans whole cranberry sauce
- 4 cups orange juice
- 2 1/4 cups cranberry juice
- 2 1/4 cups ginger ale
Run whole cranberry sauce through a colander (pictured here) or press through a fine sieve with a large spoon (pictured here) over a large bowl. Keep pressing until you have just the cranberry skins left in the colander/sieve. Add the orange juice, mix well, then freeze until hardened (make this part of the slush at least a day or two before you plan to serve the drink). I freeze the juice in a flat, plastic container so it's easy to break up later (this recipe fit in an 8 1/2 cup flat tupperware).
When ready to serve, mash up the frozen juice in a large bowl. I break it up with a butter knife and then smash it with a pastry blender or potato masher. Add cranberry juice and ginger ale until it's the consistency you like. I like to keep it on the slushier side and let it melt in the glasses, but feel free to add a bit more than the recipe calls for. Serve immediately.
Makes about 12 servings.
Homemade Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix 4 of 13
My dear friend Mindy made this hot chocolate mix for our family one holiday. It was divine and I immediately asked for the recipe, which originally came from Epicurious. I have since made it for our family and friends as well. Vanilla bean and ground chocolate add a richness to the cocoa that can't be beat.
Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix
Adapted from Epicurious, makes about 10 cups of mix, which is approximately 30 servings
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 1 1/2 pounds semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 8 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process (see tips, below)
Please note: the higher quality chocolate you use, the better the mix will be!
Place sugar in large bowl. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape all the seeds into the sugar and then add the whole pod to the bowl of sugar. Using your hands, work the vanilla into the sugar, cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit overnight.
In a food processor, process the semisweet and milk chocolate until finely ground.
Remove pod from bowl of sugar. Whisk in the ground chocolate and sugar, mixing well.
Store in an airtight container will keep for up to six months.
To serve, heat 2 cups milk over the stove and whisk in about 1/3 cup of the mix until melted and thoroughly mixed.
Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Cocktail 5 of 13
A homemade cranberry cocktail is perfect for the holidays, utilizing the winter berry we all love so much.
Homemade Hot Spiced Chai Latte 6 of 13
A warm yet perky spiced chai latte is an easy drink to make at home for the holidays.
Mexican Hot Chocolate with Dulce de Leche Spiced Cream 7 of 13
I had a Mexican roommate in college and one of the first things she shared with me was Mexican hot chocolate. She would buy discs of the chocolate when she went home and then bring it back to school for us to share. I instantly fell in love and it's one of my favorite cozy drinks!
Caramel Steamed Milk 8 of 13
Warmed milk always transports me immediately to childhood. How many moms heat up milk for children who can't sleep? I'm sure they can't be numbered! This caramel steamed milk takes that homey drink to a new level of deliciousness.
Easy Layered Holiday Mocktail 9 of 13
I love this fun holiday mocktail because of its festive colors and because my kids can enjoy it along with the adults, creating new seasonal traditions and memories!
Salted Caramel Eggnog 10 of 13
Eggnog is another seasonal drink that always reminds me of when I was a kid my mom would buy eggnog every Christmas. This recipe is appealing to me, adding the salty-sweet flavor of slated caramel to the mix.
Pumpkin Spice Latte 11 of 13
I think adding pumpkin to just about anything automatically makes it homey and perfect for the holiday season! This delicious latte is no exception.
Caramel Apple Cider 12 of 13
My husband is from New Hampshire where apple cider is a staple once the fall and winter months roll around. One of my favorite drinks during the holidays is apple cider mixed with its every faithful friend caramel. I can't get enough!
White Hot Chocolate with Toasted Marshmallows 13 of 13
The first time I had white hot chocolate was in Boston in the middle of the winter. It was one of the most delicious drinks I ever had! The good news is you can make it at home and it's super easy.