Get your favorite mug out, my friend, and GET READY for some holiday beverage recipes. This week’s What to Eat Wednesday is all about the beverages that will make you smile this holiday season. I asked for fave recipes from my friends on Facebook last night. I also browsed the internet, Pinterest included, for some goodies. And, of course, Rachel Ray did not disappoint in her little magazine this month.
So, let’s hop to it. Here are some cheerful holiday beverage recipes to keep you merry all season long:
- Old Fashioned Inspired Hot Chocolate from A Thought and a Half. All you have to do is click on the recipe name and you will be taken right to her chocolate greatness. Take one look at her pictures and you will want to make this ASAP.
- Reindeer Martinis given to me from my friend, Erin. This is such a cute idea for a Christmas party.
- Use about 1 bottle of vodka, a full container of cranberry juice, 6 packets of cider, and a few cinnamon sticks. Let it sit for a while in the fridge to chill, and share! Soo yummy, and you can garnish with a cherry, for the “red nose”.
- Mulled Wine by Alton Brown. My cousin mentioned this last night so I HAD to find a tasty recipe. You can also make this in the crockpot. How is that for an easy holiday beverage?
- Tom and Jerry from The Chow. My Uncle Tom mentioned this recipe and he gave it two thumbs up. There are quite a few ingredients in this one though so it isn’t an easy one to come up with on the fly.
- Winter Chai Tea by SimpleVeda. I have been eyeing this for weeks now. Once I can get the ingredients together, I will be making this all winter long. Guaranteed. I love me some chai!
- Mulled Punch in Rachel Ray Everyday. This serves 10 so share with others.
- 3 bottles of white wine, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 22 cinnamon sticks, 4 star anise pods, juice & peel of 1 small orange, peel of 1 lemon, 2 mangoes (peeled & sliced), 2 apples (peeled & sliced), 1 pear (peeled & sliced), 1/2 pineapple (cubed), freshly ground nutmeg. In a saucepan, combine 1 bottle wine, the sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, the star anise, orange juice and peel, and the lemon peel. Bring to a boil and cook until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining wine, mangoes, apples, pear and pineapple. Simmer over low 20 minutes. Strain. To serve, ladle warm punch into mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks and freshly ground nutmeg.
- Orangesicle Smoothie Recipe from Sarah Halstead. I know some of you aren’t big fans of warm beverages so if you are up for a cold treat, dive on in to this recipe. You can make it more “holiday-esque” by adding a peppermint straw or putting it in a Christmas mug or cup!
Do you have a holiday beverage you have been eyeing? Do share!