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Holiday Inspired Drinks

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Get ready to celebrate! Whether you are looking for creative Christmas drinks to serve at your party or just want to try a homemade cocktail at home, here are some holiday drinks that are guaranteed to make your festive season more fun and delicious.

Peppermint Bark Martini

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This Peppermint Bark Martini is the perfect Christmas cocktail with a creamy texture and peppermint flavor. Made with Rum Chata, Creme de Cocoa, and Peppermint Schnapps.

For The Drink:

  • 1 1/4 oz. RumChata Cream Liqueur
  • 1 1/4 oz. Peppermint Schnapps
  • 3/4 oz. Creme de Cacao
  • 1 1/4 oz. Cream or Half-n-Half

For Rimming Glass:

  • 2 tbsp. white chocolate chips melted
  • 1 tbsp. crushed candy canes or peppermints

Step 1: Grab some candy canes or peppermints and put them into a resealable bag. Using a rolling pin or firm tool, crush the candies into small pieces.

Step 2: Put your white chocolate chips on a flat plate and place in microwave. We recommend using 30-second intervals until chips are fully melted.

Step 3: Place your glasses upside down onto the plate with melted white chocolate so the rim of the glass is entirely covered. While the chocolate is still warm, sprinkle your candy canes on the rim. Place the glasses into a refrigerator to chill the chocolate.

Step 4: Pour the Rum Chata, Creme de Cacao, Peppermint Schnapps, and cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.

Step 5: Take your glasses our of the refrigerator and pour your finished product into chilled glasses. Add an extra candy cane for garnish and enjoy!

Christmas Moscow Mule Cocktail

VIA TABLESPOON.COM

Christmas Moscow Mule Cocktail is everything you love about a regular Moscow mule added with some holiday flavor. Made with cranberry juice, vodka, ginger, and festive sugar-coated cranberries.

For The Drink:

  • 3-4 rosemary needles
  • Pinch of fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp. vodka

For Garnish:

  • Sugar-coated cranberries
  • Fresh herbs

Step 1: Using a cocktail shaker, add the rosemary, thyme and sugar together. Pour the vodka, cranberry juice and ginger beer over the herbs and sugar and shake with ice.

Step 2: Strain into a cocktail mug and pour with ice and ginger beer.

Step 3: Garnish your drink to your liking with cranberries, and fresh herbs.

Spiked Hot Chocolate

VIA THEMODERNPROPER

Spiked Hot Chocolate is the ultimate comfort drink for a cozy night in. Made with Frangelio, Bourbon, and Irish cream.

For The Drink:

  • 4 cups Whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 4 oz. Bourbon
  • 2 oz. Frangelico
  • 2 oz. Irish Cream

Toppings:

  • 3-4 marshmallows

Step 1: In a small sauce plan, heat sugar, salt, milk, and vanilla over medium-low heat until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Tip: Make sure the Whole milk does not come to a boil.

Step 2: Slowly add the dark chocolate in pieces, and whisk until fully mixed together. Remove from heat.

Step 3: Pour into mug and stir in Bourbon, Frangelico, and Irish cream. Add in your marshmallows and enjoy!

Eggnog Amaretto Cocktail

VIA SNACKSANDSIPS.COM

There’s nothing more comforting than the beloved small of eggnog to get you into the holiday mood. This easy-to-make cocktail is simply made with eggnog and Amaretto.

For The Drink:

  • 8 oz Eggnog
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • Ice
  • (Optional) Pinch of nutmeg

Step 1: Using a cocktail shaker, combine Eggnog and Amaretto and shake with ice.

Step 2: Pour into a cocktail mug over ice.

Step 3: Sprinkle with nutmeg for garnish if desired.

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Fun Gadgets For Coffee Lovers

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Let’s be honest – it’s becoming harder and harder to get out of bed without having that much needed cup of morning coffee. Avid coffee drinkers (myself included) look forward to that cuppa joe every day to energize, rejuvenate and get ready for an action-packed day. 

If you’re looking for a way to save time and money while brewing your favorite drink, you’ve come to the right place. Coffee gadgets are the best way to satisfy your caffeine cravings, while making your mornings more fun. Make your fellow coffee lover friends jealous with some of the most popular and coolest accessories below!

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1. Zoku Instant Iced Coffee Maker

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We all know how popular iced coffee has gotten over the years but who has the money to constantly pay for that Starbucks or Dunkin everyday? This mug instantly cools your hot coffee (or tea for that matter) in less than 5 minutes. All you have to do is stick this stainless steel mug into the freezer before pouring your fav beverage in and enjoy that chilled and perfectly insulated iced coffee… no ice required! Check it out here!

2. Bodum Bistro Electric Milk Frother

TARGET

You’ll feel like a professional barista with this awesome electronic milk frother. This small and compact product delivers creamy, and long-lasting milk froth for your favorite cafe inspired drinks. Without leaving your doorstep, you can now create the perfect cup of cappuccino. Available at Target.

3. K-Cup Capacity Drawer

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Whether you’re looking for a way to save storage or just want to keep the kitchen organized, this one is for you. This Keurig Cup organizer is perfect for storing up to 36 of your favorite K-cups, helping keep countertops clutter-free. For maximum storage, go ahead and just set your Keurig right on top of this organizer. You can buy this organizer on the BedBathandBeyond website (with three different colors to choose from).

4. KRUPS Electric Coffee Grinder

WALMART

If you prefer using whole beans for your coffee, try out this electric coffee grinder. This Fast Touch Electric Coffee Grinder transforms whole coffee beans into ground coffee in less than 10 seconds, making it quicker and more convenient than ever to make a fresh cup. It’s so easy to operate; all you do is add your whole beans, secure the lid, and press the large side button to start. That’s it! This produce is versatile and can be used for chopping and grinding nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices as well. Available at Walmart.

5. Hario Cold Brew Maker

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Another drink that gained popularity last year was a classic cold brew. Now, you can savor the rich, creamy flavor and create your own cold brew at home with this Hario Cold Brew Coffee Jug. This super-durable brewer easily fits in refrigerator door shelves with its slim design. Just place your ground coffee into the strainer, pour cold water into the carafe, and refrigerator for around 8 hours. For anyone who loves cold brews, we suggest trying it out today. Check it out on the William Sonoma website.

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Cocktails Using Spiked Seltzers

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Are you looking to try new cocktails but too lazy to leave the house? Three words for you: hard seltzer cocktails.With White Claws and Truly’s taking the college night life by storm, spiked seltzers have become a staple product in bars, liquor stores and even most convenient stores.

The best thing about these recipes is that they are typically low in sugar and calories, so no need to feel that after-drink guilt. Happy Hour has never looked so refreshing and easy!

Raspberry White Claw Sangria

If you’re looking for a drink perfect for any occasion, this Raspberry White Claw Sangria is for you.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle dry white white
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 can raspberry White Claw
  • Some raspberries for flavor
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  • Ice

1. Combine the apple cider, raspberry white claw, white wine, raspberries and orange liquor into a large bowl. 

2. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. You can also refrigerate for up to 2 days. 

3. Make sure to serve your delicious drink over ice! This recipe can serve up to 8-10 people. 

Bon & Viv Grapefruit Cocktail

This spiked seltzer cocktail uses butterfly pea flower simple sugar for a majestic shade of blue and purple.

VIA SUGARANDCHARM

For The Drink:

  • 2 1/2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce butterfly pea simple syrup (using the recipe below)
  • 1 can Bon & Viv Grapefruit Spiked Seltzer

Butterfly Pea Flower Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon dried butterfly pea flower

Making Butterfly Pea Flower Simple Sugar

1. In a small sauce pan, simmer the water and sugar together on low heat.

2. Add the butterfly pea flowers and simmer for 10 minutes, watching the syrup turn a rich shade of blue.

For the Drink

1. Add the lime, tequila, simple syrup, and grapefruit. Stir until the cocktail turns purple.

2. Add in butterfly pea flower ice cubes for garnish.

3. Top the cocktail off with sparkling spiked seltzer and enjoy!

Spiked Strawberry Spritzer

This is a quick and low calorie Keto-friendly recipe for a fruity and fun drink!

VIA SUNNYSWEETDAYS.COM

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Cupcake Very Berry Codka
  • 1 Can of LaCroix Cúrate Pomme Bayá (Apple Berry)
  • 1 or 2 strawberries for garnish

Instructions:

1. Add ice and chilled vodka to a cocktail glass.

2. Pour in a can of LaCroix and add your strawberries to your drink

3. Stir and take a sip!

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Delicious At-Home Coffee Recipes

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For coffee lovers, every morning starts with a hot cup of joe. And if you are anything like that, maybe coffee is enjoyed throughout the day. Whether you brew your own at home or love to go to your favorite cafe, those mighty beans help keep us going and working towards our dreams.

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But sometimes, we need to spice up our go-to order. It can get redundant making the same old coffee with cream and sugar three times a day, seven days a week (okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration but you get the point.). Luckily, we’ve got you covered and have compiled some delicious coffee recipes that will be sure to perk you right up!

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Whipped Coffee

Eat This, Not That

Whipped coffee, AKA, dalgona coffee took the world by storm during the early months of quarantine. The drink is named “dalgona,” which translates to honeycomb toffee in Korean, but it inspired by Indian “beaten coffee.” In fact, the drink became insanely popular on the short video sharing app, TikTok.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Create Your Own Whipped Coffee

  • Hot Water
  • Instant Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Milk
  • Ice

Let’s Get Started

  • In a bowl, combine equal parts of hot water, instant coffee, and sugar. We recommend using 2-3 tablespoons of each!
  • Mix by hand or using an electric mixer until the consistency is thick and creamy!
  • In a cup, add ice and desired amount of milk or creamer. Top with the whipped coffee and drink!

Protein Iced Coffee

Eat This Much

With the new year just commencing, many of us are trying to stay on track with our fitness goals. For coffee fanatics, we know how quickly the calories and sugar can add up in our favorite drinks! Luckily there is a way to keep the calories and carbs low and the protein contents of your iced coffee high! Here’s how to do it!

Here’s What You’ll Need to Create Your Own

  • Iced coffee, or 2 shots of espresso over ice
  • Caramel protein shake like this one from Premier Protein

Let’s Get Started

  • In a large cup, pour your iced coffee over ice about 1/4 of the way.
  • Add one protein shake into the cup and stir until blended well.

Mocha Iced Coffee

Feathers in Our Nest

You don’t need to be a seasoned barista to create some beautifully tasty iced mochas! Iced mochas are like the perfect blend of coffee and chocolate milk, and are great for those days when you’re having a little bit of a sweet tooth.

Here’s What You’ll Need to Create Your Own

  • 8 oz of cold brew coffee
  • 1 tbsp of chocolate sauce
  • Milk of choice
  • Whipped cream

Let’s Get Started

  • Pour your cold brew over ice. Your cold brew can be made by refrigerating your own coffee, or you can buy it in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Your call.
  • Add 1 tbsp of chocolate sauce, or if you’re feeling extra, pour some more! Treat yourself.
  • If you desire to, add milk of your liking to lighten it up a bit and make it creamy.
  • Garnish with whipped cream and some more chocolate sauce.

Nutella Hot Coffee

Lifetime Vibes

Okay but seriously, who doesn’t like Nutella. Whether you love to eat it on toast, or straight out of the jar, the chocolate hazelnut spread is a timeless classic. Even better, you can mix it with coffee to create a sweet treat!

Here’s What You’ll Need to Create Your Own

  • 1/2 cup coffee, or 2 shots of espresso
  • 1.5 cups milk of choice
  • 2 tsp Nutella

Let’s Get Started

  • In a small sauce pan, heat the milk and Nutella until warm and creamy. Whisk until steamy.
  • Pour the mixture of milk and Nutella over your favorite freshly brewed coffee or espresso.

Cheers!

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