It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. Over the next 10 days we will have a birthday party for Jesus, wrap up an old year, kick off a new year, and spend quality time with friends and family. But one of the most delicious parts of the holidays are the drinks. To get some festive new beverage ideas, or refresh your memory of some classic favorites, read on!
What are your 5 favorite holiday beverages?
Before I get into this post I want to say that these drinks are in no particular order, other than the ones I thought of first.
- Grasshoppers: Grasshoppers are amazing. They’re basically this peppermint milkshake. We only have them once a year, so it’s a real treat when we do make them.
2. Sparkling grape juice: Can I just say, who DOESN’T love sparkling grape juice?Especially kids. It’s one of the only ways a kid can feel they are having a “grown up drink,” while also tasting delicious carbonated, flavorful juice.
3. Hot Chocolate: Do I even need to explain myself on this? Lets be honest, It’d be weird if hot chocolate weren’t on this list.
4. Hot Glogg: I haven’t had this very many times, but that doesn’t take away from its sweet, warm flavor.
5. Apple Cider: It doesn’t matter if it’s cold or warm, apple cider is delicious either way.
Here is a countdown of my top 5 favorite festive drinks, in reverse order or favoritism.
5. Hot Cocoa Man, I love hot cocoa, or hot, hot, hot, hot chocolate! It’s the drink of choice to warm you up after snow fort building, sledding or wassailing. I love augmenting the chocolatey goodness with mini marshmallow-i-ness and Reddi-wipitude. Plus, it is pretty great at giving you a mustache. But remember, never, ever let it cool!
4. Spicy Bloody Mary The Bloody Mary is a great holiday drink that you eat like a meal. When you garnish this spicy, robust, tomato-y drink with pickles, olives, beef sticks, cheese curds, bacon and a partridge in a pear tree, you don’t need to eat again in the same day. But of course, eat again anyway.
3. Cranberry Spritzer Ever since I was little my family has made these fresh, zingy drinks during the holidays. You make them with half cranberry juice and half ginger ale, sprite or similar fizzy drank. Like a Junior Mint, it’s very refreshing. As an extra bonus, the first sip of a topped off glass tingles your nose.
2. Glogg I first got turned on to Glogg several years ago after a visit to Ikea. Glogg is like a sweet, warm, cidery juice beverage. This Swedish treat comes in a wine-like bottle. You can drink it cold or warm (the Glogg, not the bottle). I like it warm, if I have the time. I like it cold if I don’t. And I prefer to drink it in a Glogg Cabin.
1. Eggnog This is the most Christmas-specific drink I know. The nog tastes like Christmas to me. In fact, if it weren’t for the birth of Jesus Christ (#superstar) I’m pretty sure eggnog wouldn’t have been born either. It’s smooth. It’s delicious. The name sounds silly, like the liquid equivalent to fruitcake. My favorite is the Oberweis eggnog in the glass bottle. It’s eggnogcelllent!
What are your favorite family friendly holiday drinks? We are always looking for new options, new brands to try, or new ways to prepare our old favorites. Please leave your go-to’s in the comment section.
Enjoy the Sprite, we mean, spirit of the holidays with a non-spirited holiday beverage that the whole family will love. Cheers to you and your family from the Albrechts! Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.