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Day 19 ~ Whatcha drinkin’?

I’m feeling kinda smug about how Giveaway Day went. Not so much about my giveaway (although it was pretty darn cute – thank you Ayumi for your tutorial and Monica Solorio-Snow for the adorable fabric) or even the amazing volume of comments (517, which totally rocks), but about my absolutely brilliant spur-of-the-moment question: What’s your favorite holiday beverage?

The responses have had me craving hot cocoa (with whipping cream or homemade marshmallows), eggnog and hot cider all week. Lattes of every kind. And the concoctions of cocktails and nudged coffees sound irresistible.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s the recipes. Like this one from Jessica (WarfieldNinjas)

My favorite beverage is spiced cider, my mil has the BEST recipe… here it is….

Hot Mulled Cider

1/2 Cup Brown sugar
1 tsp. whole all spice
1 tsp. whole cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of nutmeg
3 inch sticks of cinnamon
2 quarts of apple cider

Combine all of the items above in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, cover and let simmer for 20 mins. Take out the spices, and serve in mugs. Or put everything into a crock pot, once everything is hot, take out spices and serve in mugs, but leave in the crock pot which is great for work parties!

How about Mint Hot Chocolate? Lisa shared her recipe:

The most amazing mint hot chocolate you ever tasted. I tweeked a recipe from here
( http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/2010/12/creamy-hot-cocoa-in-crockpot.html ). I changed up the chocolate a little, and a few measurements, and added the peppermint extract.

Place in crock pot:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Whisk in, until a smooth paste is made:
1 can sweetened condensed milk (14oz)

Add and stir until evenly mixed:
2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
8 cups of milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp extract of peppermint

Stir in:
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve. (marshmallows optional

Or this festive tea from Meredith (See Mer Sew) ~

My favorite holiday beverage is “Hot spiced Tea”:

16 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
30 cloves
5 tea bags (2 family size)
1 6 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate
2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice

Put cloves in tea ball or cheese cloth to make removal easy. Boil water, sugar, cinnamon, and cloves for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, put in tea bags, and steep covered for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Add 1 can frozen orange juice and the lemon juice. Serve hot. This can be prepared and stored in the freezer in desired portions for use as needed.

Enjoy!!

Many of the responses came from Germany. I fell completely in love with Silke‘s suggestion just from reading it:

A beverage I connect with Christmastime is what we in Germany call “Feuerzangenbowle”. It´s a beverage with a lot of Rum, Orangejuice and orangeslices, some spices like cinnemon and other christmas-smell-ones. On the top of the pod you install a kind of a tongs that holds a big piece of sugar. This sugarpiece will be soaked with Rum and than you flame it. The sugar slowly drops into the Feuerzangenbowle and looks so great (you have to switch off the light!) and it makes the beverage sweet and dangerous (you don`t notice the alcohol…).
It really is a great beverage to share with some good friends who do not need to drive a car afterwards.
If you want to top it, watch the german movie “Feuerzangenbowle” with Heinz Rühmann….
Have fun!
Silke from Germany

There were several comments from Down-Under, where they kindly reminded me that it is summer and beverages  need to be refreshing. Not to be outdone, from Kansas came this recipe that’s so close to my favorite margarita recipe I suspect Pattie (Dust Off  the Butterfly) and I might be related:

My favorite – served later in the day of course..
Cranberry Ritas
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup orange liqueur (like Triple Sec)
1/2 cup 100% agave tequila
1/2 cup cranberry juice
4 thin slices of lime
Cocktail shaker filled with ice. Combine 1st four ingredients and shake well. Pour into ice-filled glasses or canning jars, garnish with lime slices. Rims can be salted or sugared ahead of time by running a lime slice around the edge and dipping the glass into the preferred rim embellishment.

Thank you to all who shared ~ I loved reading every comment!

Day 19 of the month-long Make Merry @ Sleepy Owl Studio challenge is done. All the posts for this month can be found here, along with links if you’d like to join along.

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