Say Cheers to the Holidays With These Healthy Drink Recipes
Sip and savor the holiday season.
The holidays bring with it its own festive rotation of seasonal drinks. From a celebratory and sippable sparkling mocktail, to a rich and creamy dark hot chocolate, these recipes are sure to spark a glassful of joy.
Yield: 2 servings
1-inch piece Ginger
1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
16 ounces Seltzer
Peel orange and cut into .5-inch pieces. Trim and discard skin of ginger, then halve.
Add orange, ginger, and ¼ cup of cranberries to a food processor or blender. Blend until mixture is very finely chopped.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl, then strain fruit mixture, pressing down firmly with the back of a spoon. Mixture should yield about ⅓ cup of juice. Discard solids.
Add ice to 2 glasses. Divide cranberry-orange-ginger juice between prepared glasses, then top each with 8 ounces of seltzer.
Garnish with remaining cranberries. Cheers!
Mulled Cranberry Tea
Yield: 4 servings
2 Cinnamon Sticks
6 whole Cloves
8 cups Water
4 Cranberry Tea Bags
Rinse apple. Thinly slice apple into ⅛-inch thick rounds. Discard seeds and stem. Set 4 apple slices aside for serving.
To a medium pot, add remaining apple slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and 8 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add cranberry tea bags, remove pot from heat, and cover. Set aside to steep for 7 minutes.
Divide mulled cranberry tea among serving mugs and garnish with reserved apple slices. Enjoy!
Dark Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon
Yield: 2 servings
2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
2 cups Milk of your choice (we love Unsweetened Oat Milk or Unsweetened Almond Milk for this recipe!)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract (optional)
To a small pot, add cocoa powder, maple syrup, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup milk. Whisk until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute.
Add remaining 1 ½ cups milk to pot with cocoa mixture and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and cocoa powder and cinnamon have dissolved, 5-7 minutes. Remove pot from heat and stir in vanilla extract (if using).
Divide dark hot chocolate between 2 mugs and enjoy!