For the third installment of my Holiday Party Round Up series, I’m giving you tips for attending a “Sweet Treats and BYOB Drinks” party—including my favorite winter drink recipes and plenty of creative garnish ideas to make your drinks sparkle with holiday spirit!
My all-time favorite holiday drink is actually my mother’s recipe for “adult” hot chocolate:
8qt package of Carnation dried milk
16oz can of Nestles Quick ¾ cup powdered sugar
1 jar Coffee-mate creamer
Add a shot of Butterscotch schnapps per glass
Splash of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur per glass
Click on the drink pics and links below for a variety of fabulously festive drink recipes:
My personal favorite from The Food Network’s list is the Hot Buttered Rum recipe:
Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla, cinnamon and allspice, and a pinch of nutmeg. Heat 1/2 cup pineapple juice in a mug; stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 ounce rum. Top with a pat of the spiced butter.
After you select a drink recipe, you should invent a new name for it and add a garnish or two. Garnishes are the perfect way to make your drink unique and add a little holiday cheer! Here’s a list of items to consider:
• Sprig of rosemary
• Candy canes
• Pomegranate seeds
• Cinnamon stick
• Red currants
• Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks
• Mini-marshmallows with red frosting drizzled over top
• Whipped cream with sprinkles or chocolate chips
• Red or green sugar rim
• Sweet gooseberries
• Holly berries
Tell me about your favorite holiday drink in the comment section below. Happy drinking!