10 Drinks that are NOT Hot Chocolate for your Holiday Party

10 Drinks that are NOT Hot Chocolate for your Holiday Party

Hot chocolate is always nice to serve on a cold evening but there are alternative hot drinks to serve at your holiday party that will wow and delight your guests. These 10 hot drinks that are not hot chocolate should be considered for your next celebration:

  1. Mulled Wine
    Nothing says festivities, warmth and comfort in the colder season than mulled wine. It’s perfect for hanging out by the fire, especially after any type of winter activity. A variety of spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom can add to the warmth and delight this hot holiday beverage will bring to guests.
  2. Mulled Cider
    This is another taste of the holiday season that is truly a delight. Mulled cider is fragrant and will have the entire home smelling like apple pie. Add some rum or bourbon for the adults in the household.
  3. Chai
    Chai means tea in many languages around the world but chai tea can be made with milk, spices, and just the right amount of sweetener to make this hot beverage a full bodied, holiday spiced treat for your guest’s taste buds.
  4. Vanilla Pear Apple Cider
    When cider is combined with vanilla, pear and warming spices the result is a complex and delectable drink that is definitely not hot chocolate. This one can be made in the crock pot and kept warm all night for your holiday parties.
  5. Spiced Coffee
    Coffee lovers will truly enjoy this holiday spiced version of their daily go-to hot beverage. Just add your best coffee beans to steeped milk and use chai spices. Rum is an additional, fun add-on for parties and celebrations.
  6. Hazelnut Toddy
    Similar to hot chocolate but not quite, the Hazelnut Toddy is a mix of Frangelico liqueur, hot water, hot milk or a mix of the two and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Use hazelnut syrup in the place of liqueur to make a non-alcoholic variation.
  7. Pumpkin Spice Latte
    Truly a new trend in hot drinks and can easily be made at home using real pumpkin and spices rather than a shot of flavoured syrup.
  8. Ginger Latte
    A classic latte is just milk and not coffee so infuse this latte with ginger powder. Use almond milk for a nutty flavour. It’s delectable.
  9. Spicy Coconut Tea Tonic
    This is a different recipe combining rooibos tea with coconut milk (from a can) and spices such as cayenne, turmeric and ginger. This is a great recipe to fight off winter colds and flues!
  10. Warm Grapefruit Tea
    Grapefruit juice, honey, cinnamon and allspice berries combined in a pot, boiled and strained is an easy and hot drink that is a unique and tasty alternative to hot chocolate.


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