As the chilly nights sweep in and evenings become a time to gather around the fireplace reading stories, watching your favorite holiday movies and spending time with those you love, there is nothing that enhances these special times like a nice, warm, festive drink. Raise Magazine would like to present three family- friendly holiday beverages that will not only warm your tummies, but will limit the amount of sugar and calories typically associated with store-bought
products. Enjoy!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 C milk
  • 3 (heaping) T semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 T white sugar
  • 2 candy canes (regular size)
  • 1 C whipping cream
  • 2 T confectioners sugar

Directions

Place milk in a medium saucepan and warm over medium heat. Once milk is warm, add in sugar and chocolate chips. Whisk as chocolate melts. Once chocolate and sugar have melted and dissolved, about 4 minutes, remove from heat and add the candy canes. Stir candy canes in hot chocolate for about 1 minute, then remove.

Place whipping cream and confectioners sugar in mixing bowl and beat with mixer until stiff peaks form.

Pour into mugs, add whipped cream and crushed candy canes to the top.

Caramel Apple Cider

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 C apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 T caramel syrup
  • 1 C whipping cream
  • 2 T confectioners sugar

Directions

Place cider, cinnamon sticks and cloves in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves and fill mugs with cider.

Place whipping cream and confectioners sugar in mixing bowl and beat with mixer until stiff peaks form.

Top cider with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.

Caramel Apple Cider
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Cute Alert!

Nothing makes a better holiday drink topper than a sweet, fluffy marshmallow! Here’s a quick tip to make these wonderful puffs of joy look as good as they taste: Use edible food-writing markers to draw some of your favorite holiday images. You can find them at your local craft store in the cake/candy decorating aisles. Just give them a few seconds to dry and they’re ready to drop right in!

Warm Spiced Milk

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3 C milk
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 T white sugar

Directions

Combine milk, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow milk to warm, then remove from heat. Remove cloves, stir in vanilla extract and serve immediately.