Cozy Holiday Cocktails


If you're like me, then you've been cooking for like 12 hours and could really use a cocktail. Also, it's likely that one of your family members is going to bring up politics and you really don't want to be empty-handed for that. Then, there's also the family member that will judge you/shame you for drinking ... insert cocktails that don't look like cocktails. LIVE YOUR LIFE.

These are two of my favorites AND they're appropriately served in a coffee cup. 

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate


6 cups milk
1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
3 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
7 ounces good-quality milk chocolate, chopped
Whipped cream, for serving
Mini marshmallows, for serving


Combine the milk, cocoa powder, sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon nutmeg and allspice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar, cocoa powder and spices are dissolved and the milk is steaming, about 5 minutes. Do not let the mixture come to a boil. Whisk in the chopped chocolate a little at a time until smooth. Divide among 6 to 8 mugs and garnish with whipped cream and mini marshmallows.



Hot Buttered Rum



2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Pinch salt

3/4 cup spiced rum

2 cups boiling water

4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish



Beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Move the mixture to a 4-cup+ measuring cup. Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

This makes about 4 servings!



Recipes inspired by the Food Network!