Winter Drinks Recipes

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Luscious Slush Punch

Rating: 4.84 stars
This is without a doubt the best punch I've ever had! Makes enough for 2 punch bowls. This is our Christmas Eve punch tradition, and there is never a drop left!

Holiday Mimosa

Rating: 4.7 stars
A real treat for the holidays. My family enjoys these on Christmas morning.

Single Cup Hot Buttered Rum

Rating: 4.82 stars
All I could find were recipes for a quart of hot buttered rum mix...I don't have the room to store that much so I fiddled around with the measurements to do a single cup, and presto! Use creme brulee or French vanilla ice cream.

Early American Eggnog

Rating: 4.75 stars
Supposedly a recipe from George Washington, I have used this recipe for five annual New Year's parties. You MUST make it about 10 days in advance to mellow the flavors. Then it is so smooth one of my guests unknowingly served her 2 year old! Use premium vanilla ice cream to keep it chilled in the punch bowl. I like to shape the ice cream in a star molds, and use them one-at-a-time to chill the eggnog throughout the evening.

Hot Apple Cider

Rating: 4.78 stars
Nothing beats a mug of hot cider on a cold winter day. This recipe is great as it calls for fresh apple cider and pure maple syrup. Start with only 6 strips each of the orange and lemon peel, and adjust to taste.

Snow Flake Cocoa

Rating: 4.71 stars
This is an easy and delicious cocoa you can make in your slow cooker. It is great for Christmas parties!

Billy's Favorite Gingerbread Spiced Coffee Syrup

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is a delightful spicy syrup that you can use to spice up coffee, tea, apple cider, you name it, it's all good! Add a tablespoon to your favorite beverage, or use it in whipped cream, or brush it on cakes. Drizzle it on yogurt, oatmeal, or pancakes - the possibilities are endless!

Cranberry Wassail

Rating: 4.7 stars
This is a traditional spiced holiday drink with an added twist. Enjoy this wonderful wassail for a cold winter day or to serve at Christmas parties.

White-Hot Hot Chocolate

Rating: 4.69 stars
Hot chocolate could warm you up on a cold day, but what about those unmercifully cold sub-zero days? This recipe uses a combination of spices and creamy chocolate to create a smooth drink with a lingering warmth. Garnish with a candy cane or cinnamon stick if desired.

Fresh Cranberry Spiced Tea

Rating: 4.53 stars
A lovely clear red, hot beverage for holiday parties, an afternoon break, for dinner or bedtime as it contains no caffeine. I have been making this for decades and keep it in the fridge all winter. One of my most requested recipes!

Pumpkin Spice Martini

Rating: 4.48 stars
A fun, delicious cocktail for your next holiday gathering. A good friend shared this great idea!

Hot Spiked Cider

Rating: 4.31 stars
A 'spiked' version of the traditional hot cider - great for fall or holiday gatherings. This can be made in large quantities and kept warm in an electric coffee server.

Inspiration and Ideas

Creamy Hot Cocoa
"It's old fashioned, it's comforting, it makes the kitchen smell wonderful, and it's good for the soul." – JEANIE BEAN
Hot Cinnamon Apple Brandy Cider
"Everyone loved it. I like the fact that it is not too sweet." – betty

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Rating: 4 stars

Why spend extra money on seasonal flavored coffee when you can easily make your own?