Christmas is one of our favorite holidays. Let’s be honest, what can go wrong with presents and fun family gatherings?

That aside, we also look forward to the scrumptious hot drinks after dinner. While hot chocolates and eggnogs are classic favorites, here are 7 kid-friendly, non-alcoholic warm Christmas drinks to try this winter:

1. Hot Caramel Apple Cider
Source: Babble

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp caramel topping

Directions:

  1. Warm fresh cider on the stovetop until just before boiling.
  2. Pour it into a heatproof glass and swirl in just a small teaspoon of caramel.
  3. Then top the cider with a dollop of whipped cream and drizzle a little more caramel on top.

For more info, hit up Babble’s website.

2. Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Source: Sugar Hero

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • A pinch of salt
  • 12 oz finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • 1/2-1 tsp peppermint extract (to taste)

(For the Cocoa Whipped Cream)

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

  1. To make the peppermint hot chocolate, combine the cream, milk, and salt in a medium saucepan, and place it over medium heat. Heat up the milk, stirring occasionally, and scraping the bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula so the milk doesn’t scorch. Bring it to a simmer so that bubbles appear along the sides of the pan.
  2. Once simmering, remove the pan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Whisk everything together until the chocolate has melted and the drink is creamy and smooth. Add peppermint extract, whisk, and taste it. Add more mint extract, if desired, to get your perfect flavor.
  3. To make the cocoa whipped cream, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whip on medium-high speed until medium peaks form.
  4. Serve the hot chocolate warm, with a big dollop of cocoa whipped cream on top. The peppermint hot chocolate can be made ahead of time and kept in a container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to enjoy it. It can be reheated on either the stove or in the microwave.

For more info, hit up Sugar Hero’s website.

3. Masala Chai Tea
Source: Epicurious

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2-4 whole green cardamom pods, smashed
  • 1-2 thin slices fresh ginger
  • 1 1-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 piece star anise
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp loose black tea leaves
  • Sweetener, to taste (I prefer honey or maple syrup)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the water, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon stick and star anise.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the mixture is fragrant.
  3. Add the milk and tea leaves, and simmer for another minute then turn off the heat and let steep for 2 minutes.
  4. Pour into a cup through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the leaves and spices.
  5. Add sweetener, to taste.

For more info, The Kitchn’s website.

4. Caramelized White Chocolate “Hot Chocolate”
Source: The Kitchn

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz white chocolate
  • 6 oz milk
  • 2 oz cream
  • Vanilla bean (optional)
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)
  • Salt (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F and put the white chocolate in a glass or ceramic baking dish. No need to chop.
  2. Toss it in the oven and roast, stirring every 10 minutes or so. The white chocolate will be lumpy and crumbly, but that’s okay. Keep going until it takes on a peanut butter-like color, about 30 minutes total.
  3. Meanwhile, bring the milk and cream to a simmer in a small pot. If you like, toss in a vanilla bean or cinnamon stick to add another layer of flavor.
  4. When the white chocolate comes out of the oven, scrape it into the hot milk-mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. Season with a pinch of salt. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

For more info, The Kitchn’s website.

5. Turmeric-Ginger Tea
Source: Food Matter

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Splash of milk or soy milk
  • Honey or maple syrup (to taste)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to boil.
  2. Add turmeric and ginger, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in milk and strain tea into a cup.
  3. Add sweetener to taste.

For more info, The Kitchn’s website.

6. Vanilla Steamer With Cinnamon 
Source: Babble

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups 1% or skim milk (2% is fine too)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat and pour in the sugar and vanilla extract. Allow the milk to warm and the sugar to completely dissolve, but do not allow it to simmer or boil.
  2. It is hot when steam rises from the center of the pan. Pour the warmed milk into a blender and whiz on high for about a minute or until the milk is good and frothy.
  3. Pour the milk into a heatproof cup and top with whipped cream (if desired), and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

For more info, hit up Babble’s website.

7. Hot Butter Beer
Source: The Tip Toe Fairy

(This one’s for the Potterheads ;))

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp hot butterscotch topping
  • 1 cup cream soda

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, butter, and brown sugar and whisk together. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  2. Stir and heat for an additional 3-4 minutes until milk is foaming.
  3. Remove from microwave and whisk together until the butter is well mixed in and sugar is completely dissolved.
  4. Heat hot butterscotch topping for 30 seconds. Then, stir in 2 tablespoons of hot butterscotch into the milk mixture until completely dissolved.
  5. Next, add in 1 cup of cream soda and mix well.
  6. Top with Hot Butterscotch Whipped Cream.

For more info, visit The Tip Toe Fairy’s website.

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