Everyone loves the classic holiday drinks but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up! At SkinOwl we decided to give our favorites a new fun twist.
Instead of plain hot chocolate we love to give our hot cocoa a fun healthy minty kick. This recipe is dairy free as it uses coconut milk instead of cows milk.
1 can (13.5 oz) full fat coconut milk
3 tablespoons unprocessed cocoa powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a small pan and whisk until fully blended. Heat for 5 minutes and enjoy! Makes 2 cups.
Pairs well with: watching the snow fall, movie nights and pretending it isn’t 90 degrees outside (we’re looking at you LA).
Apple cider has always been a staple in my home growing up because my mom has an apple press and makes her own cider. My favorite recipe is when it’s served hot and spiced!
12 oz Apple Cider
1 short cinnamon stick (3 inches)
1 Star Anise
1 Slice of orange peel (1 inch wide and 3 inches long)
Optional: 1 clove
Optional: Splash of Calvados in your cup for a night cap
Instructions: Put the cider, cinnamon, star anise and orange peel in a pot and put on low heat for 10 minutes. You want to mull the cider which is a little less heat than a simmer. NEVER boil the cider or you will set the pectin and my mom will be very disappointed in you. Not only is hot apple cider delicious but it is also great aromatherapy! After you’ve heated your cider you can add a splash of Calvados to your cup which is a French Apple Brandy that my mom loves.
Another winter favorite for the cocktail lovers out there is the classic Manhattan. If you want a little more DIY with your winter drinks then this is the recipe for you! My mom told me that the best Manhattan is always served with your very own preserved cherries. When cherries are in season you can preserve them in Luxardo, an Italian liquor, and after about a week they are ready to be eaten plain, served in cocktails or over ice cream! A jar of preserved cherries also makes a great holiday gift!
2.5 oz Bourbon
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 to 2 dashes angostura bitters
Real Maraschino cherries
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a glass filled with ice. Full recipe for the Luxardo cherries can be found here.
Happy sipping and drink responsibly! Comment below and tell us which recipe is your holiday style?