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Holiday Season Hot Drinks

When I was little I remember snow on Thanksgiving every year. Times change and even if we don’t have snow for Christmas you can guarantee that it will be cold here in Central New York.12 Warm You Up Winter Holiday Drink #Recipes

There is nothing better than coming in from the barn (or sledding) to a house filled with the scent of hot mulled cider or minty hot cocoa. Almost makes you want to go back outside just so you can come back in again.

In anticipation of freezing fingers and ruby red noses I’ve put together a round up of warm-you-up hot drinks perfect for the holiday season from November to the end of  winter.

Spiked Almond Joy Hot Chocolate from Tipsy Chickens

Let’s kick it off with a new favorite of mine, I took all the flavors of my number one candy bar and shoved them into a mug of hot chocolate! There is no better way to warm up than with coconut, almond and dark chocolate together with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.

Homemade-Gingerbread-Hot-Cocoa-by-©BakingdomHomemade Gingerbread Hot Chocolate and Latte from Bakingdom

This is one of those drinks that seems to only exist in overpriced coffee shops. Fortunately thanks to Bakingdom we can all make them at home!

1.0-Silk-Coconut-White-Peppermint-Hot-CocoaCandy Cane White Coconut Hot Cocoa from Flour on my Face

This one’s made with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. Who wouldn’t want to serve up a a pretty cup of peppermint pink cocoa?

IMG_8847Nutella Hot Chocolate from The Hungry Housewife

Nutella is basically heaven on earth. Adding it to hot chocolate? What would possibly make it better. Oh yeah, whipped cream!

IMG_4663-1Broiled Bailey’s Hot Chocolate from Amanda K. by the Bay

I’m never used to a be abig drinker, then life changed a lot and now I have a second website devoted to cocktails and spiked desserts. This lovely drink looks like a perfect way to recover from sledding to me!

mexican-spiced-hot-chocolate-1-576x383Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate from Gimmie Some Oven

Every year I make super spicy chocolate cookies with cayenne and chipotle pepper, I don’t even like spicy food but I can’t help but eat them. I bet this cocoa is just as good!

snickers hot chocolateSnickers Hot Chocolate from Peace but not Quiet

I went to Williamsburg, VA when I was in high school with my family. Do you know what I remember most vividly? The Snickers lattes I got from the cafe down the street from the hotel. Snickers really are that amazing!

5c7821e1ac725015d8e3e89d746ee2c2DIY Peppermint Mocha from Bright Eyed Baker

Peppermint and Mocha are winter BFFs and I personally believe the two should see more of each other all year round. Peppermint, chocolate and coffee? Sign me up!

IMG_19761Apple Jack Spiked Hot Apple Cider from I Can Cook That

Applejack is one of my favorite drink ingredients, it plays so well with others!

spiced-pomegranate-apple-ciderSpiced Apple-Pomegranate Cider from Goodlife Eats

I think pomegranates are supposed to be the most healthy food ever. So adding it to cider (the best drink ever) is a double win. Throw in some lemon and spice and you’re all set.

hot-spiced-cider-1Hot Spiced Cider from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Cider is probably the reason fall is my favorite season. I only buy cider from 2 local cider mills, both close on Christmas Eve and then I have to wait for fall again. Instead of being sad I spend 4 months  drinking as much cider as possible, my favorite way is hot with spices just like this recipe.

Applejack Hot Toddy from Tipsy Chickens

Remember when I said Applejack was my favorite? Well I turned it into a hot toddy with cinnamon, orange and maple syrup. The chai gives it an extra boost of spice to warm you up this winter.

506a2c27fb04d60a43000d36._w.540_h.360_s.fit_Eggnog Latte from The Kitchn

Another better-than-a-coffee-shop at home version of a holiday favorite. Eggnog is a seasonal favorite of mine, from November 1st to New Years Day I can’t get enough!

530_IMG_5296_2Vanilla Almond Steamer from A Farm Girl Dabbles

When I was in high school we used to go to a tiny coffee shop a few times a week and get all sorts of steamers. I never even thought about making them at home, but now I can! This recipe could easily be switched up to a different flavor

 Sleepy Time Hot Toddy

Keep this one on hand for all those post-holiday party colds! Chamomile tea and whiskey will put you to sleep while the honey, lemon and ginger give you an extra immune boost.

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Sip a glass of Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider this holiday season. Mix up the pomegranate cider ahead of time and top with champagne for a bubbly treat

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