5 Christmas drinks to sip by the fireplace / Blogmas, day 2

The first image that comes to mind when I think about the holiday season is family and friends hanging out together in front of the fireplace, sipping on traditional Christmas drinks. This is totally biased by all those tv shows and movies I tend to watch. In fact, we don’t even use our fireplace that much anymore.

But I do spend a lot of time with friends and family, exchanging gifts, stories about the previous year, and our wishes and goals for the new one. One of the best things about this gatherings is Christmas treats and snacks, which should be served along with Christmas drinks.

5 Christmas drinks to sip by the fireplace / Blogmas, day 2

Hot chocolate

When you say wintery drinks, who doesn’t think about hot chocolate? I think this pretty common in a lot of countries, at least where Christmas is in the winter.

I used to make instant hot chocolate, but nowadays I’m all about making it from scratch. It doesn’t take much more time and I like how it tastes better. All you need is: milk (regular, soy, almond, oat, it doesn’t matter), cornstarch (you can also use potato starch), cocoa, and sugar. Just put the milk on the stove and then stir together all the other ingredients with a whisk.

What I love the most about hot chocolate, whether you decide to make it from scratch or you buy the instant kind, is how creative you can get. You can just add one simple extra ingredient and you get something completely different. My favorite thing to add to hot chocolate is cinnamon. I also like to add shredded coconut. Or you can go classic and put whipped cream on top, or marshmallows, or a combination of both. Other things you could add are: ice-cream, chopped hazelnuts, caramel, coffee, candy canes, crushed gingerbread cookies, peanut butter.

Smoothies

I have two different Christmassy smoothie recipes for you. The first one is a bit healthier, more exotic, and very delicious. You mix together pineapple, coconut water, cranberries, and vanilla.

The second one is a gingerbread smoothie, still healthy, but a bit more sweet and festive. Blend together: almond milk, a banana, fresh ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cloves, and maple syrup. Serve with gingerbread cookies.

Spiced Christmas tea

Christmas tea infusions are my favorite and I actually drink them all winter long. I love how red and festive they are. If you can’t find Christmas tea bags anywhere, you can just add some dried hibiscus, vanilla, and cinnamon to hot water or your regular tea.

Coffee

Okay, I drink coffee all year long, but it’s usually espresso. During the holidays, I love to sip on my cappuccino. Another kind of coffee that reminds me of Christmas is caffè marocchino (literally Moroccan coffee). The bottom layer is made of cocoa, then it’s coffee, and steamed milk on top.

Do you have a favorite holiday drink? What do you usually sip on while watching Christmas movies?

Sarah

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  • Oh my mom makes the best hot chocolate from scratch! Milk on the stove and then some solid chocolate that she chips. Love it.

    michenn

  • Kitty Limon

    Love all these drinks, my go to is usually a mint hot chocolate or a spiced apple tea =^.^=

  • prettyandfun

    Yum! These drinks all sound delicious, and I am especially eager to try the Spiced Christmas Tea! Sounds perfect for Christmas Eve.

  • Hot chocolate and coffee sounds heavenly cuddled by the fire!

  • Alex Pander

    Spiced Christmas tea, definitely my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

    X, Alex
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  • Denise M

    All really nice festive drinks, hot chocolate is definitely my favourite topped with marshmallows but your gingerbread smoothie sounds pretty tasty too 😊

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    We usually drink hot chocolate or coffee. I love putting mini marshmallows in mine. Makes it more creamy!

  • Erica Nicole

    My family and I are definitely going to add hot chocolate on Christmas morning to our traditions! Love this list!

  • My Silly Monkey

    I actually add cinnamon to my coffee! I never thought to add it to hot chocolate, I am going to have to try that!

  • Girl @ girlintherapy.com

    Spiced Christmas Tea sounds really good!
    I know the Season is here when Starbucks starts serving their Toffee Nut Latte here. One of my fave year end drinks.
    Hot chocolate from scratch also sounds like a good idea which I should try sometime 😀

  • Sonja

    I love everything on your list, but hot chocolate is my nr.1 during the Winter. 🙂
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  • Lauren Falardeau Pariseau

    That hot chocolate picture has me drooling! As an avid New Englander, I love a cup of hot chocolate topped with Fluffernutter!

  • Katja Knox

    I love spiced teas and also, I am a massive coffee fiend. I sometimes sneak a little cinnamon in my coffee at the festive season.
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  • Jasmin N

    I’m absolutely obsessed for coffee & hot chocolates, no matter the season haha 😀 There’s always one in my hand.

    ♥ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy
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  • I love all of these drinks! I never would have thought to drink a smoothie at this time of year, but the gingerbread one sounds delicious!

  • Love your list. Smoothie for Xmas? Cool idea! It has never came to my mind. But your gingerbread smoothie recipe sounds great! I will try it this Holiday.

    • I know, it’s not very traditional, but I love smoothies too much to drink them just during the summer 🙂

  • Alexa

    I am a sucker for hot cocoa and I love that you have such an easy homemade version!

  • Hot chocolate is number one for me! I do like to get christmas flavoured syrups for my coffee too though 🙂
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  • Molly O’Connor

    Hot chocolate is my favorite drink this time of year, I can’t get enough!!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

  • Sarah

    I am a coffee gal year round too but I am VERY intrigued by the caffè marocchino…can you make it yourself successfully?

    • Yes, you can definitely make it yourself at home! You just have put cocoa or shredded dark chocolate (I’ve seen it done with both, I personally like to make it with a lot of shredded dark chocolate) on the bottom of your cup, add your expresso, and then steamed milk on top. I guessed getting steamed milk is the hardest part, but if you have one of those milk frother wand things to make cappuccino (I don’t know how they’re called sorry), you can use it and put a scoop of foam on top of your coffee. Finally, you can put some cocoa on the milk as well.

  • Karoliina Kazi

    Hot chocolate is my favourite holiday drinks for sure, but those smoothies sounds delicious as well, will definitely give them a try.

  • Mmh, these all sound amazing! Especially the caffè marocchino, but also the Christmas spiced teas!