Refreshing Warm Drinks On A Cold Winter Day!

I grew up with eggnog, the kind you buy in a carton during the Christmas season. It was a treat to drink this each December. I didn’t even know that eggnog was a “spiked” drink until well into my adult years. I also grew up with hot chocolate coming from a packet of cocoa mix that I would stir into hot water. If you are looking for alternatives and easy homemade drink recipes, here are two recipes for hot chocolate and eggnog.

Ingredients for Hot Chocolate:

  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 1 cup Good Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar (optional)
  • Vanilla Extract (optional)

Combine milk with half-and-half in a small saucepan. Warm over medium-low heat, then stir in chocolate chips. Stir until melted (though there will still be lovely particles of chocolate throughout.) If it’s too chocolatey for you, splash in a little more milk. If it’s not quite sweet enough for you, add 1 teaspoon sugar or vanilla for an extra splash of flavor. Serve in mugs. Add a small amount of whipped cream to the top for a festive touch!

[If you’d like an evening version for an adult party: Add a splash of brandy or caramel vodka]

Ingredients for Eggnog:

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 12 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup rum (optional) or for alcoholic free try peppermint extract 
  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • Grated nutmeg, (optional)
  • Grated clove (optional)
  • Vanilla (optional)

In medium saucepan, whisk milk and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, 1 to 2 minutes. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks. Whisking constantly, pour hot mixture into yolks in a slow and steady stream.

Return mixture to pan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until thick enough to coat back of spoon, 20 to 25 minutes; do not let simmer. Quickly strain into a bowl. Stir in rum and vanilla if desired, then and the cream.  Cool completely; cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with nutmeg and clove, if desired.

Enjoy!

Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,

Rosie

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