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Day 11: Holiday Drinks for Everyone


Spice up your holiday mixer with one of these festive drinks!


The BEST Hot Chocolate Recipes

Aztec hot chocolate, brown sugar hot cocoa, cold chocolate eggnog--drooling yet? Warm up with one of these 10 yummy recipes.


Let's Go A-Wassailing

Wassail is a warm drink made during the holiday season that was made popular in England. The word “wassail” is derived from the Old Norse word “vesheill,” which means “be in good health.” So when a person toasts a friend with a cup of wassail, they are actually toasting their health.

In England, groups of Christmas carolers would go a-wassailing, meaning they would travel from house to house caroling their hosts in return for a cup of wassail.

Lion House Wassail
  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 allspice berries
  • 10 cloves
  • 1 piece ginger
  • 4 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 2 quarts apple cider or juice
Combine sugar and water. Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, cloves, and ginger. Cover and let stand in warm place for 1 hour. Strain. Just before serving, add juices and cider and bring quickly to boil. Remove from heat and serve. Makes 36 half-cup servings.

Recipe from Lion House Christmas


Eggnog 101

What’s in a name?
There are differing opinions as to the origin of the name for this famous drink. One version attributes the name to Colonial America where colonists referred to thick drinks as “grog” and eggnog as “egg-and-grog”. However, the thought of drinking egg does not sound very appealing to most, and that is why eggnog sometimes gets a bad rap.

A toast to one’s health!
The eggnog tradition began in 17th century Europe. It was used as a toast to one’s health and was consumed by the well-to-do of society—milk and eggs were scarce commodities in Europe. Eggnog was used as a remedy for minor illnesses associated with winter months.

A concoction of sorts
There many variations of ingredients included in eggnog. These variations are often influenced by geographical region. For instance, immigrants traveling across the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century brought their own appreciation of eggnog with them. And Americans began to adapt the recipe to local tastes. So, homemade eggnog in the South is much different than eggnog made in the Midwest.

Eggnog recipe
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 3 c. milk
  • 1 c. whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. rum extract
  • Dash of salt
  • Ground nutmeg
1. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in sugar. Stir in milk, cream, vanilla and rum.

2. Add salt to egg whites and beat until they stand in peaks. Fold into egg yolk mixture.

3. Serve in punch cups. Sprinkle each serving with nutmeg.

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Visiting Teaching + Hot Chocolate = Success!

For this month’s visiting/home teaching, share a message of Christ and a mug full of delicious hot chocolate. Here’s a great quote from President Hinckley:

"Christmas is more than trees and twinkling lights, more than toys and gifts and baubles of a hundred varieties. It is love. It is the love of the Son of God for all mankind. It reaches out beyond our power to comprehend. It is magnificent and beautiful." ("A Season for Gratitude," Ensign, Dec. 1997, 2)

Chocolate-Bar Hot Chocolate
  • 1 eight-ounce Hershey’s chocolate bar, finely chopped
  • 1 quart milk
  • 4 candy canes for swizzle sticks
Combine the chocolate and milk in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking often until chocolate has melted, about 5 minutes. Whisk the mixture to combine well. Serve hot with one candy cane in each mug.

Recipe from Christmas with Martha Stewart Living: Parties and Projects for the Holidays.


Discussion

What’s your favorite holiday drink?  
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