The Holidays are a wonderful time of year, filled with familiar food and drinks that take you back to your childhood. But, despite their nostalgic aftertaste, you may be tired of only having the option between hot cider and hot cocoa every holiday season. You don't have to surrender to monotony for the sake of sentimentality though—try these traditional hot holiday drinks with a fun twist!
1. Hot Russian Tea
Russian tea is similar to a classic, hot cider, but with a few twists! It has a more citrusy taste, but still has comforting undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg. Another twist you can add to make it more Russian is a shot of vodka. If you're hosting a girls' night in, watching cheesy Christmas movies and getting in the spirit, this is a great beverage to serve!
2. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider
Why would you ever use powdered cider mix and hot water to satisfy your apple cider craving, when you can have this amazing alternative? Every year my sister makes slow cooker apple cider for our Christmas Eve brunch, and I swear it's changed the way I look at apple cider forever! By heating the apple juice and the cinnamon sticks in a slow cooker, the flavors really fuse together to make an unbelievable taste! And adding caramel and whipped cream just takes it to the next level.
3. Red Velvet Hot Cocoa
You can sign me up for just about anything with red velvet! I know that red velvet is basically chocolate going by a different name... but I swear it changes the taste! Don't believe me? Try this delectable red velvet hot cocoa for yourself! Even if it tastes exactly the same, its red color at least makes it taste festive.
4. Red Wine Hot Cocoa
If you've always been torn between your two loves, wine and hot cocoa, now you're in luck! Now you can combine both for a warm winter treat. This recipe is really rich, so it's not something you want to gulp down after dinner, but rather sip as you snuggle up by a warm fire.
5. Glühwein— German Mulled Wine
German mulled wine is quick and easy to serve, but sure to be a crowd pleaser nonetheless. It tastes like you're drinking holiday cheer, bursting with flavors like cinnamon, cranberry, vanilla, and nutmeg. It's sure to be a favorite at all of your holiday gatherings this year!
6. Chai Spiced Apple Cider
Here's a list of the things I love most in this world: 1) Everything chai 2) Everything apple. That's why I was over the moon to find this recipe! If you want to go all out, you can use some of your slow cooker apple cider for this recipe, otherwise, store-bought cider will still taste divine combined with all the spice and goodness of hot chai!
7. Egg Nog Latte
Save yourself a trip to Starbucks this year by perfecting your own egg nog latte recipe! Egg nog is a Holiday season staple, but cold egg nog doesn't always do the trick when it's below freezing outside. So try a slow cooker egg nog latte. It will be bursting with the flavor of egg nog, but still warm you up. Plus, the caffeine will give you the kick you need to finish all of your holiday shopping on time!
The holidays are a time to get cozy inside and out! And tasty hot drinks are a big part of that. Make these drinks for yourself, or to share with your family and friends. Which one do you want to try first?