The most popular drink at Christmastime is Eggnog. Traditionally made with eggs, heavy cream, milk vanilla and nutmeg, the mixture is blended together and chilled overnight before serving. In recent years, commercial dairies have been producing very tasty pasteurized Eggnog.
Mix apple cider, pineapple juice, several bags of citrus herbal tea, whole cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks together in a crock pot. Let simmer for several hours, adding more cider or hot water as needed. Pour the wassail through a strainer into serving cups or mugs.
Turn regular hot chocolate into a traditional Christmas drink with high quality unsweetened chocolate, steamed half and half, vanilla bean paste and a drop of oil of peppermint. Use a whisk when cooking the mixture to keep it from burning. Just before serving, place a candy cane inside the cup and pour the prepared hot chocolate over it.
Make your own Christmas spiced tea by adding grated lemon and orange zest and pieces of cinnamon bark and vanilla bean to loose leaf black tea. Pour hot boiling water over the mixture and let steep for several minutes based on preference. Add sugar or honey to taste and serve.
The Hot Toddy is not necessarily a traditional Christmas drink; but it can become one when holiday spices are added. Start with boiling hot water and add molasses or brown sugar, lemon slices, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. Let steep for a few minutes before serving to bring out the flavor of the spices.
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