WINTER DRINK RECIPES
It's been cold out for a while now, but today marks the official start of winter, which means winter drinks! There's nothing like a mug of hot chocolate to warm icy fingers while simultaneously satisfying our sweet tooth. Here are a few of our favorite holiday drinks.
Hot Coconut Buttered Rum
It’s no shock that buttered rum is usually made with butter – and a lot of it – which tends to concern the health conscious. By swapping butter for coconut oil, made easy by our earlier post about healthy food swaps, this traditional drink becomes all the more inviting. To start, you’ll need to make the batter, which will come into play later on.
For the batter:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
pinch of salt (maybe try Himalayan Pink salt?)
Stir all of this together in a medium sized mixing bowl until your batter has a uniform consistency. Then cover and store at room temperature. Next you’ll start prepping the cocktail by boiling some water.
For the cocktail:
2 oz. aged rum
1 tablespoon coconut oil batter (adjust to taste)
4 oz. hot water
In a heat safe glass or mug, place the batter at the bottom before topping off with the rum and boiling water and stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved. For an added touch, you can garnish with a cinnamon stick or even a light sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top.
Minty Hot Cocoa
This recipe is kid friendly and totally delicious. It’s a minty twist on a winter time classic: hot chocolate.
What you'll need:
2 cups milk or almond milk
2 cups half & half which you can substitute with yogurt (Or use more almond milk. It won't be as creamy, but will still be delicious!)
½ cup white chocolate chips
1 tsp. peppermint extract
Peppermint patties and Whipped Cream for garnish
Over a medium heat and in a large pot, warm the milk and half and half until hot, but don’t let it boil.
Add in the chocolate and stir until completely melted.
Stir in the peppermint extract, and then turn off the heat.
Pour into a heat safe mug, and then add whipped cream and break up some peppermint patties on top.
Cranberry Orange Mimosas
This drink is the perfect celebratory beverage for the holidays if you're looking for something cool. Best part is: it's super easy to make.
What you'll need:
1 orange, sliced
2 tbsp. sugar
Sweetened cranberry juice
1 bottle champagne
Fresh cranberries (optional)
Take a champagne flute, and wet the edges of the glass with an orange slice, before dipping it in sugar. Once the glass is rimmed, pour in orange juice, until the flute is 1/4 of the way full. Then pour in cranberry juice until the flute is 1/2 way full. Top off with champagne, and then (optional) garnish with fresh cranberries and orange slices.
We just can't get enough of these holiday thirst quenchers! What's your favorite holiday drink? Share in the comments, as we would love to give it a try!