A Taste Of Holiday Joy

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year.  Warming up  inside after building a snowman with your family, being surrounded by the smells of pine and cinnamon while watching the snowfall from the warmth of your home all while sipping on your favourite holiday beverage.

The team at Forest Lakes has put together a list of some of our favourite seasonal drinks for you to serve and enjoy with your loved ones whether you’re coming inside with rosy cheeks, or catching up with old friends during the holidays, these warm beverages are sure to please.

    Divine Cocoa

Countryside Cravings dark chocolate hot cocoa mix is a must, with the smooth richness of irresistible chocolate and easy to follow instructions, this will be your number one go-to cocoa recipe this year.

        Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

        Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery.
  • Heat one cup of milk in a saucepan until it starts to simmer.
  • Add in 4 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix and whisk until well combined.
  • Pour into a mug and top with any desired toppings.

Tip: You can keep this in your cupboard for up to three months, perfect to have on hard for the cold winter season. We love topping this rich cup of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles. This chocolate-y cup of goodness is one the whole family can enjoy while sitting around the fireplace after an afternoon of playing in the snow.

    Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

Hot apple cider is the perfect blend of spice and citrus all the while making your home smell like the holidays. While there are many options to choose from, our favourite is  Catching Seeds hot spiced apple cider.

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        Ingredients

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 apple, cut into slices
  • 1 orange, cut into slices
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 slices fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice

        Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients into a large pot. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve.

Tip: For an “adult only” version of the warm winter drink add a splash of Still Fired granny’s apple pie moonshine to feel some extra heat from this fragrant treat. This favourite will be the talk of the holiday parties this winter season. Entertaining the entire family? You can make an additional pot with extra oranges and cinnamon sticks for the kids.

    Snickerdoodle Latte

There’s nothing more comforting than cookies and coffee, this delicious beverage combines the essence of a snickerdoodle cookie with a hot cup of joe. Read on below, for a peek at our favourite cookie flavoured drink! You can find this recipe from House of Yumm.

(houseofyumm.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup espresso or strong brewed coffee (hot)
  • Cinnamon sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)

        Instructions

  • Pour the milk into a small jar that has a lid, add the light brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Tighten the lid onto the jar and shake for about 1 min.
  • Remove the lid and heat the milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour coffee or espresso into mug, pour the warm milk into the mug with the coffee. Spoon out any remaining foamy milk if left.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.

Tip: Serve with a cinnamon stick for festive aesthetics.

    Holiday Eggnog

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to Eggnog this season, Flavilicious Fitness has the perfect dairy-free recipe for this popular holiday beverage.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • ⅓ cup raw organic honey
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground ginger and/or cloves (optional)

Instructions

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
  • Pour mixture into a pot and simmer for 15 min but do not let it boil.
  • Serve in mugs with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

Tip:  This seasonal favourite is perfect for the entire family, but if you’re looking for some additional spice, grown-ups can add in some Ironworks Distillery amber rum to add a little holiday kick.

We hope you enjoy these holiday beverages as much as we do! Looking to be extra festive? Find a holiday mug for each member of your family and pour, serve, and enjoy! These seasonal recipes will keep the holiday cheer going all winter long.