By Jenny Gumbert
One of the greatest joys of the transition from November to December is the opportunity to change up your mundane menu. Yes, that’s right, we’re talking about the pleasures of festive foods that we can justify adding to our daily routines.
In particular, it’s hard not to look forward to making one’s hot chocolate or coffee jolly with seasonal syrups and spices. It’s the simple things, right?
We’re rounding up some of our favorite holiday drinks to sip on cold winter nights. Make any of these beverages and then enjoy by the holiday campfire!
Hot Holiday Drink Recipes
Peppermint Hot Chocolate | get the recipe
A certain coffee chain has made the peppermint hot chocolate a mainstay of this time of year, and we can’t complain—it’s delicious. To make your own (on the kitchen stove or camping stove), you can use our hiking hot chocolate recipe and just add a tiny bit of peppermint extract (a little goes a long way!), and garnish with a candy cane. Or you can follow this equally delicious recipe from Bon Appétit. Either way, you’ll soon have a mug of chocolatey, minty goodness.
Hot Wassail | get the recipe
What’s “Wassail,” you ask? It’s basically just another term for a scrumptiously spiced apple cider. Wassail is a Medieval Christmastide English beverage—recipes have been passed down for generations—and for many it’s just not Christmas without this spicy, citrusy cider.
Butterbeer | get the recipe
Yes, Butterbeer does (thankfully) exist outside the magical world of Harry Potter. While it has nothing to do with beer, it does involve butter; specifically, this sweet drink gets a healthy dose of whipped butter and butterscotch topping.
Chai Hot Chocolate (dairy free) | get the recipe
Looking for a creamy but dairy-free delight? Try out this chai spiced hot cocoa. Not only is it free of dairy (and vegan-friendly!), but it combines two of the best flavors of the season: chocolate and spice.
Spiced Milk Tea | get the recipe
Want to keep the chocolate out of your chai? No problem. Try this delightfully spiced masala chai beverage. It combines all of your favorite holiday spices into one perfect mug of happiness.