Posted 11/29/12 by Joseph in Lifestyle

3 Delicious Holiday Beverage Recipes You Should Try


Thanksgiving has passed, Halloween is old news, and all the Black Friday sales are long over. That can only mean one thing: it’s officially appropriate to celebrate Christmas! (or Hanukkah, or whatever holiday you celebrate!) The holiday cups at coffee shops are no longer premature and you can listen to Christmas music as much as your heart desires!

The holiday season is officially upon us and it is finally ok to do everything you put off doing because you “still had to prepare for Thanksgiving.” It officially hits you when you’ve finished your Thanksgiving dinner, turn on the television for whatever football game is on, and see that first Black Friday commercial. You think to yourself either, “I’m really tired of these Black Friday commercials considering it’s not Christmas season…wait, it is. Damn.” or “Yes, Black Friday is finally here!!”

So go ahead; it is finally OK to crack out that first bottle (or carton I suppose) of eggnog. You can finally pull out that first batch of gingerbread cookies to celebrate the holidays (because nothing says holidays like cookies.)

In preparation for the holidays, here are some ideas of different drinks to try around the holidays.

  1. Coffee– we all need coffee, or some stimulant to help wake us up in the morning. Come the holiday season, my family replaces milk and cream for eggnog in the morning. This adds a wonderful flavor (assuming you like eggnog) to your morning ritual, making your coffee brewed in your home taste like a decadent treat. If you are more of a peppermint person as opposed to an eggnog lover, try letting a candy cane dissolve in your freshly brewed cup of coffee for a nice minty flavor. These are simple; perhaps you are feeling particularly adventurous. I am certainly not going to stop you. I researched different holiday coffee drinks and “Holiday Coffee Eggnog” stuck out to me, essentially the advanced version of my coffee with eggnog. You will need:
    • 2 cups of sugar
    • 4 cups of water
    • 1/2 cup of coffee
    • 12 eggs
    • 4 cups of milk
    • 4 cups of half-and-half
    • 1 tbsp nutmeg
      Then you will need to:
      • Brew the 4 cups of water with the
        1/2-cup of coffee
      • Add sugar
      • Chill in the refrigerator
      • In a large container whisk the eggs until fluffy; add the milk, half-and-half, chilled coffee and nutmeg
      • stir & serve

      (Read more at www.holidaycoffeerecipes.com)

  2. Whiskey Sours – I’ve only had sips of this one, considering there is alcohol in it, but a family tradition in my family is making whiskey sours on Christmas day. I guess the kids have their presents and the adults need something also, but tradition is tradition. So if you’re of age, blend up some whiskey sours this holiday season for something different. You will need:
  • The juice of 1-2 fresh limes (realime juice from those bottles also works)
  • Sugar
  • Whiskey
  • Ice
    • Make Simple Syrup by mixing equal parts sugar  and hot water. Stir until water dissolves grains.
    • In a shaker mix ice, 1 part whiskey, 1 part lime juice and 1 part of the cooled Simple Syrup. Shake and strain into a glass filled with ice and garnished with a wedge of lime.
  1. Peppermint Milkshakes – There is nothing else that sums up “Christmas in a Cup” quite like a homemade peppermint milkshake. Peppermint milkshakes taste great and are easy to make:
  • 2 cups BREYERS All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons finely crushed peppermint candies
  • Toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermint candies, freshly grated or ground nutmeg
    • 1. Process first 3 ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses, and serve with desired toppings.

These are just a few drinks that stick out to me as the holiday season rolls around. I’d love to hear different traditions or drinks from readers in the comment section. Happy holidays!


Joseph is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, studying Finance at the Fisher College of Business while also pursuing a Creative Writing minor. He also writes for Uloop News and has had articles published by the Huffington Post and USA Today College. His hobbies include sports, especially College Football and the NBA.