Let's Get Cozy! - Great Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drinks

The Holidays are right around the corner. To many, this means it's time to get together with friends and family, enjoy each others presence, and be merry. You can put the scale away because.. ‘tis the season to feast!

There are many great holiday dishes that we are all looking forward to eating. Anywhere from smoked turkey, baked macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet potato pie and so much more! These dishes will forever get praised but what about something to sip on? Holiday drinks need some love too!

Here are a few family-friendly, non-alcoholic beverages to incorporate during the holiday festivities that will keep you warm and toasty. Spike at your own risk and drink responsibly.


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Hot Cocoa in a Jar 

Ingredients (* Servings: 24)

-          6 ½ cups powdered milk

-          1 (5 ounce) package non-instant chocolate pudding mix

-          1 cup powdered chocolate drink mix

-          ½ cup powdered non-dairy creamer

-          ½ cup confectioner’s sugar

-          ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

-          assorted toppings (optional)


Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine all of the powdered ingredients and divide the mixture between two 1 quart jars or distribute 1/3 cup for individual servings into glass mason jars with handles. Feel free to add a small handful of mini marshmallows, chocolate shavings, or peppermint candy bits as a topping and decorate the jar as desired.

2. If needed, attach a tag with the following instructions: Hot Cocoa -  Dissolve 1/3 cup of cocoa mix in 1 cup of boiling water. These hot cocoa jars can remain stored in a dry area for up to three months. They also work well as a holiday gift.

3. Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Latte (Without Coffee)

Ingredients (* Servings: 4)

-          1 cup pumpkin puree

-          1 quart milk

-          1 cup heavy whipping cream

-          ¼ cup of confectioner’s sugar 

-          ¼ cup white sugar

-          1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

-          1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions

1. While using a whisk to blend well, combine pumpkin, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat. Monitor the temperature and allow it to simmer. Do not boil. (Keep this mixture warm until ready to serve).

2. With a hand mixer, whisk heavy whipping cream and confectioner’s sugar for about 5 minutes or so until stiff peaks form. Keep cool until ready to serve.

3.  Enjoy!

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Hot Apple Cider

Ingredients (* Servings: 4)

-          6 cups apple cider 

-          ¼ cup real maple syrup

-          2 cinnamon sticks

-          6 whole cloves

-          6 whole allspice berries

-          1 orange peel, cut into strips 

-          1 lemon peel, cut into strips 

-          1 small sheet of cheese cloth

Directions

1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.

2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel into the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle and tie it up with a length of kitchen string.

3. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture and place the saucepan over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot and boiling.

4. Remove the cider from the heat, discard the spice bundle, and ladle the cider into large mugs. Feel free to garnish with a cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

5. Enjoy!