Serve these holiday drinks at your holiday party or simply enjoy with friends and family around the fireplace. Classic holiday drinks help set the wonderful, festive mood. If you are having a holiday party, don’t forget to check out Storkie’s fabulous selection of holiday party invitations. Keep track of the guest list, so you can figure out how much to make of the below festive holiday drink recipes.
Spiced Apple Cider
yield: Makes about 8 cups
- 1 large orange
- 4 quarts apple cider
- 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 15 whole cloves
- 10 whole allspice
- 8 whole green cardamom pods, crushed
- 5 cinnamon sticks, each broken in half
Using vegetable peeler, remove peel (orange part only) from orange in strips. Place orange peel in heavy large pot (reserve orange for another use). Add apple cider, golden brown sugar, fresh lemon juice, cloves, allspice, cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks to pot. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until cider mixture is reduced to generous 8 cups, about 40 minutes. Strain cider into medium pot. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate until cold, then cover and keep refrigerated.) Rewarm cider. Ladle into mugs.
- 2-48 oz cans of Pineapple juice
- 1-40 oz bottle of Cranberry juice
- 2-750 mL bottles of Soda water
- 1 liter Strawberry, Raspberry or Lime Sherbet
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
In a punch bowl, mix juices. Pour in vodka & soda water. Top with scoops of sherbet. Makes about 16 servings. For a non-alcoholic option, leave out the vodka.
Mocha Hot Chocolate
yield: Serves 8
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup instant espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 6 cups milk
- 2 cups half-and-half
In a large heavy saucepan combine the cocoa powder, the sugar, the espresso powder, the vanilla, a pinch of salt, and 1 cup cold water and heat the mixture over low heat, whisking, until the cocoa powder is dissolved and the mixture is a smooth paste. Gradually add the milk and the half-and-half, both scalded, and heat the mixture over moderately low heat, whisking, until it is hot, but do not let it boil. (For frothy hot chocolate, in a blender blend the mixture in batches until it is frothy.)
is a traditional Yuletide drink in many countries. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase “Wel Hael,” or “Be Whole.” This fabulous recipe has the added advantage of making your home smell divine.
- Apple cider to fill a largish soup pot
- One apple, cut horizontally to make circular round slices 1/2-inch thick
- One orange, cut into round slices 1/2-inch thick
- 3 whole cinnamon sticks
- 6 whole cloves
- 6 whole allspice berries
- One 2-inch piece of fresh gingerroot, cut into small rounds
1. Place all ingredients in a large soup pot and bring to a simmer, then reduce and allow to simmer uncovered, adding cider as liquid evaporates.
2. When guests arrive, ladle out a mugful of the hot cider for each person, adding a splash of bourbon or brandy, if you like, and serve with an additional cinnamon stick in each mug.
Holiday Eggnog Recipe
- 5 cups skim milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup pasteurized refrigerated egg product
- or 1 cup pasteurized frozen egg product (thawed in the refrigerator)
- or 4 eggs
- 12-ounce can evaporated skim milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon rum extract (optional)
- 1 pint low fat frozen vanilla yogurt, softened
- Ground nutmeg to taste
NOTE: If using eggs, follow recipe steps 1, 2, 3, and 4. If using pasteurized egg product, follow steps 1, 3, and 4 only.
1. In a 4-quart double boiler, combine milk, sugar, and egg product (or eggs).
2. Cook and stir over medium heat, approximately 10-15 minutes, until the mixture coats a metal spoon and the temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in the evaporated skim milk, vanilla extract, and run extract (if desired). Cover and chill 4-24 hours in the refrigerator.
4. To serve, place softened frozen yogurt in a punch bowl. Gradually whisk in chilled eggnog mixture until smooth. Sprinkle with nutmeg to taste.