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A hot drink is the perfect thing to warm you up when the weather outside is frightful – even more delightful than a glowing fire, since a few sips will warm you up a lot faster! You can always make a mug of hot chocolate, or brew a pot of your favorite everyday coffee or tea, but the holidays are a time when you should indulge yourself a bit and celebrate with a drink that is a little more exciting!
The Cranberry Bliss White Chocolate Mocha has a great balance of sweet berries and creamy white chocolate that mirrors the flavors found in lots of holiday treats. Starbucks is selling this drink in Japan this season, but you can save yourself the flight and make it at home.
Peppermint Bark is a common holiday gift and you can turn a batch into a Peppermint Bark Mocha with ease. The drink will be sweet and have a nice minty undertone that is perfect for the season.
Chocolate Oranges are another common holiday stocking stuffer, something that you tend to get as a gift from acquaintances and coworkers. I’m not a huge fan of the oranges themselves, but I do enjoy a good Dark Chocolate Orange Mocha, which transforms those chocolates into something worth savoring.
Eggnog fans will love my Homemade Eggnog Latte, and you just might be surprised at how easy it is to make this coffee shop favorite at home. The creamy drink has a lot of eggnog flavor, so pick a brand you like to start out with!
This Peppermint Kahlua Mocha really is a dessert drink, and it’s a good one. This adults-only coffee drink is loaded with lots of chocolate flavor and spiked with Kahlua and peppermint schnapps. If you really want to make it special, you can make your own peppermint schnapps for the drink, too!
Not every coffee drink needs to be sweet – even though it’s hard to say no to a mocha during the holidays – and my Christmas Morning Coffee Blend is a great example of a holiday treat that has no added sugar. This coffee starts with your favorite whole beans and spices are added to the coffee as it is brewed. The method works for regular drip coffee makers, french presses and pour overs, and it’ll infuse your coffee and kitchen with the scents of the holidays.