50 Holiday Drinks

Get in the spirit with cocktails, punch, cocoa and more.

Holiday, Cocktail Party, Mixed Drinks, Winter

Hot Dulce De Leche, Hibiscus Punch, Hot Buttered Rum
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1. Hot Dulce de Leche Heat 2 cups milk and 1/2 cup dulce de leche in a saucepan, whisking until frothy. Add a shot of rum, if desired. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

2. Mulled Hibiscus Punch Simmer 2 cups dried hibiscus, 8 cups water, 1 cup sugar, 6 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 teaspoon vanilla and a dash of nutmeg in a saucepan, 30 minutes. Strain. Serve with cinnamon sticks.

3. Hot Buttered Rum Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla, cinnamon and allspice and a pinch of nutmeg. Heat 1/2 cup pineapple juice in a mug; stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 ounce rum. Top with a pat of the spiced butter.

4. Classic Hot Cocoa Whisk 1/2 cup each boiling water and sugar and 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder in a saucepan. Stir in 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and heat through. Top with whipped cream and chopped chocolate.

5. Spanish Hot Chocolate Gently heat 3 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate with 1/4 cup water in a saucepan, stirring until melted. Gradually stir in 3/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons sugar; heat through. Top with whipped cream.

6. Mexican Hot Chocolate Heat 1 disk (about 3 ounces) chopped Mexican chocolate in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water until melted. Gradually add 3/4 cup milk, whisking until frothy. Add 1 1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur, if desired. Sprinkle with chili powder.


7. Sugar-and-Spice Hot Cocoa Make Classic Hot Cocoa (No. 4), but sweeten the whipped cream with brown sugar. Dust with ground cardamom.

8. Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Heat 1/4 cup milk and 3 tablespoons Nutella in a saucepan, whisking. Add 1 cup milk and whisk until frothy. Top with whipped cream and hazelnuts.

9. Coconut-Almond Cocoa Heat 2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate, 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk, 1/4 cup water and 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucepan, whisking. Top with whipped cream, coconut, and chopped almonds.

10. Maple Chai Bring 2 cups milk just to a boil; add 2 chai tea bags and steep 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup maple syrup.