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5 Best Holiday Drink Recipes

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What is the holiday season without a slew of themed tasty beverages you are way too lazy to make but once a year? So, move over pumpkin spice soy latte – the real holiday drinks have arrived!

Here at Lounge Decor Plus, we’ve spent some time in the kitchen and bar to taste test our favorite personal recipes. And let me tell you, it was the hardest day of work ever. *Hiccup*. I swear!

These are the 5 best holiday drink recipes to make even the Grinch smile.

Eggnog

Two clear glasses with eggnog and cinnamon sticks and nutmeg sprinkled on top on white wooden table

Ok, let’s start with a classic. Eggnog - the creamy, rich, spiced elixir of the Gods!

I have yet to meet someone who feels lukewarm about this holiday classic. You either love it or you hate it. This recipe takes some work, but it is 100% worth it. You can even make it adult or kid friendly. Sit by a toasty fire, roast some chestnuts, and sip on this magical recipe.

Eggnog Recipe | Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup rum or bourbon OR
    (non-alcoholic) 1 teaspoon rum extract

Directions

  1. Combine milk, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon in a pot and put on low heat. Bring to a boil slowly, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the milk mixture is boiling, whisk eggs yolks and sugar together until fluffy and pale yellow. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer will speed up the process.
  3. While whisking eggs yolks and sugar, pour boiled milk mixture in a very slow stream until completely combined. Pour too fast and you will end up with scrambled eggs.
  4. Pour the combined mixture back into the pot, increase the heat to medium and stir constantly for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Do not boil.
  5. Once off the heat, mix in heavy cream, vanilla and rum, bourbon or rum extract.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. Overnight is better.
  7. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. Drink and enjoy!


Mulled Wine

Red mulled wine in clear glass with cinnamon sticks and star anise on blurry background with pine branches

This is my personal favorite.

Every year my in-laws and I go to this freezing cold, outdoor winter Christmas market. And every single year, without fail, we end up getting mulled wine. It’s so delicious I also make it at home every Christmas Day for all of us to enjoy again.

Robust red wine, orange, star anise and all the best holiday spices in a warm, soothing adult beverage? Yes please! Here is my fast and easy personal recipe.

Mulled Wine Recipe | Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (750ml) bottle of red wine
  • 4 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 2 oranges or 3 tangerines, sliced into wheels
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wheels
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 sticks or cinnamon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • (optional extra kick!) ¼ cup of your favorite liquor

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients except vanilla and optional liquor into a pot on low-medium heat.
  2. Once simmering, put a lid on, turn down to low heat, and leave it alone for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Mix in vanilla and optional liquor, ladle into heat safe glasses or mugs and enjoy!


Gingerbread Moscow Mule

Copper mugs with ice cubes and lime slices on wooden table with green limes in background

Run, run as fast as you can!

I see you’re not laughing at my joke. That’s fine. I’ll still share this amazing holiday twist on a Moscow mule. Traditionally served in a copper mug, the flavors meld together perfectly and is sure to be on the top of your list.

Gingerbread spice adds an unexpected kick (kick…mule…get it? Fine, I’ll stop.) to this classic cocktail and makes you feel all warm inside. Put the rest of the spice mix aside to use later for pancakes, coffee, roasted vegetables, and of course gingerbread.

Gingerbread Moscow Mule Recipe | Makes 1 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 6 ounces ginger beer

Gingerbread Spice

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon nutmeg
  • ½ tablespoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch black pepper

    Directions

    1. In a cocktail shaker with ice or small glass, mix lime, vodka and ¼ teaspoon of gingerbread spice.
    2. Fill a copper mug or cocktail glass with ice and pour in mixture.
    3. Top with ginger beer.
    4. Garnish with a pinch gingerbread spice and a lime wedge. Enjoy!


    Candy Cane Hot Cocoa

    White mug in red knitted cozy with hot cocoa, marshmallows, and sprinkled cocoa powder on white wooden table with pine cones and candy canes

    There is nothing better than coming in from a cold day and having a mug of hot cocoa.

    Growing up, my siblings and I used to shovel the driveway and foot path after a big snow fall with my dad (because child labor) and my mother would help for about 5 minutes, then rush inside to “make some snacks for everyone”.

    After the snow plow would invariably come by, trap us in our driveway with a 3 foot snow barrier, and force us to hurriedly shovel that last part while muttering curse words without my father hearing, we would run inside triumphantly.

    My mother would be waiting for us with microwave popcorn and hot cocoa with mini marshmallows a candy cane inside. The best child work horse… I mean helper… reward ever!

    Here’s a twist on my mom’s recipe. If you live in a hot climate, throw some ice cubes in at the end to cool you down.

    Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Recipe | Makes 4 servings

    Ingredients

    • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
    • 4 cups milk
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 2 mint tea bags
    • 4 mini candy canes, crushed + 4 mini for garnish
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla
    • (optional extra kick!) ⅛ cup of rum, bourbon or Irish cream
    • Marshmallows or whipped cream

    Directions

    1. Add chocolate, cocoa powder, milk, sugar, salt, tea bags and crushed candy canes into a pot.
    2. Stir on medium heat until mixture just starts to more. Whisk until smooth.
    3. Turn off heat, remove tea bags, add stir in vanilla and optional alcohol.
    4. Pour into mugs. Garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream, a pinch of cocoa powder, and mini candy cane.


    Yuletide Mimosas

    Champagne flutes with red pomegranate mimosas garnishes with pomegranate seeds and fresh rosemary sprigs on dark wooden table

    One of the most fun things about mimosas is how the bubbly tickles your nose with every sip. The fact that it is a late morning drink doesn’t hurt either! Transform your normal brunch cocktail into a delightful festive refreshment.

    Made with pomegranate and rosemary, this drink is giving out some serious Christmas tree vibes. It will put you in the ultimate holiday spirit and compel you to sing off-key carols all day long.

    Yuletide Mimosas Recipe | Makes 4 servings

    Ingredients

    • 1 (750ml) bottle prosecco, sparkling wine or champagne
    • 1 cup pomegranate juice
    • 4 sprigs rosemary
    • Seeds from 1 pomegranate

    Directions

    1. Add ¼ cup of pomegranate juice into 4 champagne flutes.
    2. Top with prosecco, sparkling wine or champagne.
    3. Rub each sprig of rosemary between hands for a few seconds to release oils and scent. Place in champagne flute and stir slightly.
    4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.


    I hope you enjoyed the Lounge Decor Plus 5 best holiday drink recipes. Happy holidays from our family to yours!

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