You’ve basted the turkey, mashed the potatoes, laid the table and your home is ready to welcome guests for your perfect Christmas dinner. It’s been a whole morning and afternoon of work, and everything is in order. But somehow you can’t help but feel you’ve missed something.
Then, you feel your parched throat, and suddenly your craving for delicious, creamy Eggnog hits. Oh no. You’ve forgotten to prep the beverages.
Hot chocolate to keep the children well-fed and sleep-ready. Eggnog for the festive must-have. And mulled wine for the boozy Christmas party-goers. So many beverages, so little time.
As usual, not to fear, we’re here with our speedy, quick and last-minute recipes for your favourite Christmas drinks. Read on to find out how you can whip up delicious festive beverages for your friends and family to enjoy after a hearty meal.
5-Minute Blender Eggnog
Light, deliciously creamy, and only takes the duration of two rounds of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, this 5-minute eggnog recipe easily whips up the classic boozy drink to hit that holiday spot!
Yes, yes, you can pop by the store for some carton eggnog – but why do that when you can effortlessly boast about your homemade version? All you need is your trusty Kenwood Blender, your ingredients, and…voila!
For those that are not comfortable drinking raw eggs, remember to get pasteurized eggs and add booze to sterilize the eggnog!
- 4 large eggs
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ tsp dried nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 oz cognac
- 3 oz bourbon
- 1 ½ cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Add the eggs to the blender and blend on medium for 30 seconds.
- Add sugar and continue to blend for another 20 seconds.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined.
- Wait! Don’t drink it yet! Transfer to a container and let it sit in the fridge till the flavours combine. You can enjoy this after your dinner, while it sits and mellows.
Super Simple Mulled Wine
This is our favourite. Mulled wine just doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Perfectly spiced warms your belly and is easy to make. We’re talking 5 minutes or less. It’s basically the time it takes for the children to finish crooning a few Christmas carols.
We’re tempted to just write “throw everything into a pot and simmer” as all the directions you need – but here’s a detailed recipe for those who need a little more help.
- 1 bottle light/medium-bodied red wine (we’ll recommend pinot noir for this)
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup bourbon
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 star anise
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 blood orange, sliced
- Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil.
- Once it boils, reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
- Well, that’s it. Serve!
Spiced Christmas Hot Chocolate
This one’s for the kids – we can’t leave them out of the post-meal beverage joy! Get them all full, sleepy and satisfied with this Spiced Christmas Hot Chocolate recipe.
Here’s a preview: think heaps of marshmallow creme, steaming homemade cocoa, and a hint of spice. We understand if adults ask for a serving too – we won’t judge.
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup unsweetened baking cocoa
- ⅓ cup water
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 4 cups milk
- ¾ cup marshmallow creme
- In a saucepan, heat sugar, cocoa, water, cinnamon and nutmeg over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Stir in milk. Heat over low heat. Pour cocoa into 6 mugs. Top each with 2 tablespoons marshmallow creme.
- Serve cocoa with candy canes to use as swizzle sticks!