I was so excited to put this post together because nothing feels more festive than mulled wine on a snowy day. I’ve added a few different types of drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that you need to try this festive season! And let me know if you do or if you have any favourite holiday drinks.
Mulled Wine (recipe here)
It would not be winter and festive without mulled wine.
- 4 cups apple cider
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange, zested and juiced
- 4 whole cloves
- 3 star anise
- 4 oranges, peeled for garnish
- Combine the cider, wine, honey, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Pour into mugs, add an orange peel to each and serve.
Pineapple Gin “Kir” (recipe here)
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup gin
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons creme de cassis
- 2 pineapple wedges (for garnish)
- In a pitcher, mix together pineapple juice, gin, and lemon juice. Divide between 2 tall (Collins) glasses. Pour 1 teaspoon creme de cassis in the centre of each glass; do not stir. Carefully fill glasses with ice cubes, and garnish each with a pineapple wedge.
My family and I started a few years ago making these on christmas morning as a way to celebrate.
- Any kind of champagne (or for non-alcoholic, use fizzy water)
- Orange juice
- Fill cup halfway with orange juice and top with champagne.
Limocello (recipe here)
- 11 lemons
- 1 litre 160-proof vodka, or grain alcohol
- 3 cups sugar
- 3 cups boiling-hot water
Peel strips of zest from lemons using a vegetable peeler; reserve lemons for another use. Put zest and vodka in an airtight container; let stand at room temperature at least 2 days (or up to 1 week).
Stir together sugar and the hot water until sugar is dissolved; let cool. Stir sugar mixture into vodka mixture; refrigerate in an airtight container 1 day.
Before serving, pour through a large sieve into a decanter or serving vessel; discard zest. Pour 2 ounces limoncello into each glass.
Like mulled wine, it wouldn’t be a festive drink without hot chocolate. Hot chocolate can be made alcoholic (add baileys or kahlua) or obviously, non-alcoholic. It’s one of my favourite winter drinks and always brings back memories of skating or sledding in the snow and having hot chocolate afterwards to warm myself up.
Since it’s fairly easy to make hot chocolate (with packaged mix or using chocolate), I thought I would list some ideas for ways to change up the conventional hot chocolate.
- Firstly, my favourite – Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate (recipe here).
- Nutella Hot Chocolate (recipe here).
- Vegan Hot Chocolate (trust me, so delicious; recipe here).
- Caramelized White Chocolate “Hot Chocolate” (recipe here).
- White hot chocolate (recipe here) and you can try this cool idea of making it into the Unicorn Hot Chocolate!
For even more delicious ideas, click here!
Hot Apple Cider (recipe here)
- 4-5 cups apple juice
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 ounces spiced rum (optional)
- Cinnamon sticks
- Apple slices – to garnish.
- In a small pot heat the apple juice, spices and rum (if using) over low/medium heat.
- Stir often while the mixture is heating so the spices will blend into the juice (you don’t want any spice clumps).
- Once hot, pour into two mugs and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon sticks.
- Serve warm.
Kumquat and Pink Pepper Spritzer (recipe here)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 teaspoons dried pink peppercorns, lightly crushed
- About 24 kumquats, sliced into rounds and seeded
- Ice (optional)
- About 3 liters soda water
- Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugars.
- Stir in pink peppercorns, remove from heat, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain syrup through a fine-mesh strainer and reserve pink peppercorns for garnish. Let syrup cool completely.
- For each drink, muddle 12 kumquat slices and 2 tablespoons of syrup in an 8-ounce glass. Add ice cubes if desired, then fill glass with soda water and stir. Garnish with a few pink peppercorns.
Let me know if you try any of those and what you think of them. Or if you have any festive holiday drinks, I’m always looking for new recipes to try!
Enjoy & happy blogging!
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