8 Christmas drink recipes that fit into both your naughty and nice lists

Whether you’re looking for a warm ‘cuppa to get cozy with at night, or drink and laugh over some tipples with loved ones, we’ve got 8 fuss-free and simple Christmas drink recipes that you can totally try out this December.

We’ve tried and tested each of these recipes and tweaked them a little for that perfect ratio and combination – and even came up with some of our own.

Think Christmas coffees, cocktails, and even kid-friendly drinks for the little ones who want to join in on the fun!

1. Peppermint Mocha

A Christmas classic, this creamy, minty, and chocolatey drink will warm your heart!

Ingredients:

120ml milk, 250g coffee powder, 30g chopped dark chocolate bar, 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, whipped cream, and candy canes.

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, stir and bring all your ingredients (sans the peppermint extract) to a simmer and let it simmer for 2 minutes.
  2. Once that’s done, add the peppermint and give it a good stir before pouring it into your mug.
  3. Decorate your drink with some whipped cream and crushed candy canes, and there you have it!

Recipe adapted from Bigger Bolder Baking.

2. S’mores Latte

Let’s be honest, nothing’s better than that warm, toasty feeling of anything S’mores flavoured!

Ingredients:

60ml milk, 30g coffee powder, 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup, marshmallows, and graham crackers.

Instructions:

  1. Add one tablespoon of chocolate syrup to the mug and brew one cup of coffee into the mug.
  2. Heat the milk in the frothing jar without the lid for 30-45 seconds in a microwave, and cover the jar with a lid once removed from the microwave. Pump the lid for about 15-20 seconds until the milk is frothy enough to your liking.
  3. Spoon out the milk and foam into the mug, then top it off with marshmallows, sprinkle some crushed garaham crackers, and lightly torch the top!

Recipe adapted from Le Petit Eats.

3. Hershey’s Kisses Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate made with Hershey’s Kisses? Yes, you heard us right!

Ingredients:

250ml milk, 250ml Half-and-Half (blend of equal parts milk and cream), 30 Hershey’s Kisses milk chocolate candies, marshmallows, Hershey’s Cocoa Powder.

Instructions:

  1. Heat the milk and half-and-half in a saucepan on medium-low heat and keep stirring. Make sure to keep an eye on the fire to avoid boiling the milk.
  2. Once the milk mixture is heated, stir in the Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolates, and continue stirring until the Hershey’s Kisses candies are completely melted.
  3. Pour the mixture into the mugs, then top it off with some marshmallows and dust some Hershey’s Cocoa Powder too!

Recipe adapted from Mom Always Finds Out.

4. Spiced Christmas Coffee

Cozy and flavorful, this cinnamon coffee is simple to make and easy to enjoy!

Ingredients:

250ml milk, 80g coffee powder, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons baking/ Dutched cocoa,1 teaspoon vanilla extract, cinnamon sticks, whipped cream.

Instructions:

  1. In a coffee filter basket, mix the coffee and ground cinnamon and brew the coffee.
  2. Combine the milk, sugar, cocoa and vanilla in a saucepan and heat the mixture over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes, making sure to keep stirring and avoid boiling the mixture.
  3. Pour your hot milk mixture into the coffee cups, then add the cinnamon-flavored coffee. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream for a truly festive drink!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

5. Spiked Christmas Punch

The perfect drink to serve at any Christmas gathering, this versatile drink is packed with flavour spice, and can be made practically any way you want!

Ingredients:

Pineapple juice, cranberry juice, Sprite, vodka, cranberries, oranges.

Instructions:

  1. Mix equal parts pineapple juice, cranberry juice, Sprite, vodka into a large punch bowl, then stir to combine.
  2. Pour in some ice cubes to chill, and finally, garnish with fresh cranberries and orange slices.

P.S: If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic recipe, simply omit the vodka and you’re good to go. The vodka can also be substituted with sparkling wine or tequila!

6. Festive Sangria

Brimming with holiday cheer, this sweet, fizzy, deep-red sangria is the drink of the season!

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine, 1 bottle sparkling apple cider, 1 bottle brandy, 60g sugar, cranberries, oranges, apple, cinnamon sticks, star anise, rosemary

Instructions:

  1. Let’s start with the prep – cut the apples into cubes, slice the oranges, and dissolve your sugar in a cup of hot water so it’ll mix.
  2. In a large punch bowl, combine all the ingredients starting with the liquids, then adding the fruits, herbs, and spices.
  3. Mix it well, cover the bowl with cling wrap and set it in the fridge overnight to allow the flavours to pop! Once you’re ready to serve, add ice cubes and garnish with the fresh rosemary!

7. White Christmas Mojito

Let’s switch it up a little – while this drink may be reminiscent of a White Christmas or winter wonderland, it’s actually packed with tropical, creamy, coconut flavours.

Ingredients:

250ml lime juice, 60g sugar, 470ml white rum, 470ml coconut rum, 1/4 cup mint leaves, sparkling water or soda, mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Mix the lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves in a large pitcher, making sure the leaves have broken. down.
  2. Then combine the white rum, coconut rum, and coconut milk in a blender and pulse until smooth. When that’s done, pour the lime, sugar, and mint mixture, and give it a good stir.
  3. Leave the mixture to chill, and when you’re ready to serve, mix equal parts of the mojito mix and sparkling water or soda, and finally, topping it off with mint leaves!

Recipe adapted from Kulinarian.

8. Mulled Wine

This quintessential Christmas drink is infused with spices and served warm – perfect for the chilly weather we’re having now!

Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine, 120ml brandy, 60ml honey, 4 cinnamon sticks, 1 sliced orange, 3 star anise

Instructions:

  1. Toss all the ingredients into a pot and let it simmer, but remember to keep stirring and to keep an eye on the fire because we don’t want the alcohol to boil off!
  2. Once it’s warm, your mulled wine is ready to be poured out and served. Garnish the glass with a cinnamon stick, and add an orange slice for a final touch.

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