Trendom’s 12 Days of Christmas: 4 Family-Friendly Holiday Beverage Recipes

Day 9 is here! Trendom’s 12 Days of Christmas is here to guide you with tips and tricks to get you through the holiday season. Over the next week and a half til Christmas, we’ll bring you the best holiday drinks, must-have stocking stuffers and tips on where to get those last minute gifts that always pop up on your to do list. Today we a two-part topic and for part two, we have 4 Family-Friendly Holiday Beverage Recipes!

One of the best things about the holiday season is all the food and drinks that seem to spread the holiday cheer. This year, instead of drinking boring instant hot chocolate every day, give some of these recipes a try! You never know, you might find a new holiday favorite, or even one to pull out at the family Christmas party.

1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate
french vanilla hot chocolate

Don’t go to Starbucks and spend an outrageous amount of money on something that you can make at home! This French Vanilla twist on classic Hot Chocolate from Domestically Blissful is a dream come true, and absolutely delicious!

What you’ll need:
-1 cup milk
-1 tablespoon Hershey’s Cocoa, Special Dark
-1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
-1 1/2 tablespoons French Vanilla Creamer
-1/2 teaspoon Torani French Vanilla syrup (optional)
-Whipped cream or marshmallows

Pour milk into a mug and warm it up to your preferred temperature. Once them milk is hot, add the Hershey’s Cocoa and sugar and mix well. Then stir in the Torani French Vanilla Syrup and the French Vanilla Creamer (add more creamer if you want it to be extra creamy). Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate shavings and enjoy!

2. Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
peanut butter hot chocolate

This recipe, brought to us by One Sweet Mess, is absolutely to die for! If you love chocolate and peanut butter, this is a great way to combine the two into a classic with a new addition!

What you’ll need:
-1 cup of milk
-1/4 cup half and half
-1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
-1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
-1/4 cup mini marshmallows

Bring milk and cream to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat (do not boil). When the milk begins to steam, add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts. Add the peanut butter and stir until just melted. Pour into a large mug. Top with mini marshmallows.

3. Apple-Pie Spiced Cider
apple-pie spiced cider

Want to have your dessert and…well, drink it, too? This delicious Apple-Pie Spiced Cider from Martha Stewart is a great new twist on an old classic.

What you’ll need:
– 1 1/4 quarts apple cider
-3 tablespoons firmly packed light-brown sugar
-7 whole cinnamon sticks (6 for garnish)
-1 teaspoon ground allspice
-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
-ground cloves
-freshly grated nutmeg

In a medium saucepan, whisk together cider, sugar, spices, and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Remove from heat; pour in brandy, if desired. Strain into a pitcher; discard solids. Serve in mugs, garnished with cinnamon sticks.


4. Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Don’t worry, warm-weather friends! We’ve got a holiday drink recipe for you, too, straight from Joy the Baker. This one makes about 2 small milkshakes or one big one (about 2 1/2 cups).

What you’ll need:
-8 to 10 large marshmallows
-3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
-1/2 cup of milk
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place marshmallows on  skewer and toast until slightly charred over a gas flame.  If you don’t have skewers or a gas range, you can toast the marshmallows on a sheet tray in the broiler for 2 or 3 minutes.  Keep an eye on the marshmallows as they’re in the oven. Place on plate to cool slightly.

In a blender mix together ice cream, milk, vanilla extract and toasted marshmallows.  Save one or two toasted marshmallows to top the milkshake(s).  Blend well.  For a thinner milkshake add more milk.  If you’d like it a bit thicker, add more ice cream.   Pour into glasses and top with toasted marshmallows.

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