Celebrate the Season's Best Holiday Cheer with These 6 Fabulous Drinks!
From delightful Christmas teas to delicious hot chocolate drink mixes, scrumptious pumpkin puree cocktails, and spicy robust Christmas Ale here's a look at some of this year's best holiday cheer. Guaranteed to kick-start your holiday season into high gear, these delicious drinks are made with the flavors of Christmas, but there's no reason you can't enjoy them all winter long.
1. Green & Black Christmas Teas from Kusmi Teas of Paris
Known for its traditional Russian style teas for the last 140 years, Kusmi's Green & Black Christmas teas are made from premium tea leaves and the winter warming flavors of almond and vanilla. Choose from loose tea in classic tins or muslin tea bags. Amazing taste and the packaging is just gorgeous--a great gift for any occasion!
2. Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
This all-natural, award winning Christmas Ale is made by Great Lakes Brewing Company, an environmentally conscious brewer that operates under a zero-waste initiative and uses alternative fuels to power delivery trucks.
Brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon, Christmas Ale was awarded a Gold Medal in the 2009 World Beer Championships and is the perfect accompaniment for a traditional holiday feast or paired with fruit cake.
Stay tuned for my review of Christmas Ale coming soon!
4. Choclatique Hot Chocolate Drinking Mixes
Choclatique is a gourmet chocolate company featuring more than 200 delicious flavors that uses only natural ingredients in their products. When I tried the Dark Chocolate drinking mix one recent snowy day I found it to be absolutely delicious--rich, chocolaty, and smooth. In fact I was somewhat amazed at how good it was and really liked the extra chocolaty flavor provided by the tiny chocolate chips in the mix. If you’re in the mood to spice it up for the holidays, you might also want to check out their Dark Chocolate Cinnamon drinking mix.
5. Decadent Winter Gingerbread & Pear Smoothie from Beauty Scoop
1 Packet BeautyScoop
1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and quartered
1 1/4 cups ginger ice cream
3 tbsp. heavy cream
2 gingerbread cookies, crumbled
Place all the ingredients except the ginger cookies into a blender and blend for 1 minute. Add 1 packet of BeautyScoop into the blender and blend for an additional 1 minute. Pour into a glass and top with crumbled cookies. Serve immediately! For a delicious cocktail, add 2 tbsp. of Poire William to the other ingredients before blending!
Pssst….Read my review of Beauty Scoop.
6. Exotic Hot Chocolate from Truvia
Rounding out the top 6 is this delicious hot chocolate recipe that offers a twist on the usual holiday drink by adding a dash of cayenne pepper and star anise, and a zero calorie, all natural sweetener Truvia, made from the stevia plant (an herb native to Paraguay). Makes 3 servings.
2 cups 1 % milk
6 packets Truvia™ natural sweetener (3 Tablespoons)
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 of a vanilla bean
1/3 cup unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 star anise (available in the spice aisle of the supermarket)
Pinch of salt
3 cinnamon sticks, optional for garnish
In a small pot, combine the Truvia natural sweetener, cocoa powder, cinnamon, star anise, salt, and cayenne. Cut the vanilla bean in half length wise, scrape the black seeds out of the pod using the back of a knife, and add it into the pot. Whisk in the milk.
Place the pot on the stove over medium heat. Whisk frequently so that nothing settles to the bottom of the pot and burns. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat. Add in the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted.
Pour the hot chocolate into three mugs. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve immediately. Hot chocolate can also be made several days in advance, refrigerated, and reheated before serving.
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