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.
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.
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.
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?