5 Family-Friendly Holiday Drinks

The holidays are officially here, and we can’t wait to toast with our loved ones at upcoming parties and get-togethers. We’ve been thumbing through our handy holiday drink recipes and had difficulty narrowing it down to our top five family-friendly drinks!

Everything from our favorite misunderstood Christmas villain to seasonal fruits and twists on classics, this list is cheers-worthy! 

The perfect thing about these holiday drinks are that everyone can join in and enjoy.

Grinch Punch

Regarded as the thief of Christmas joy, the Grinch may be one of my family’s favorite Christmas characters. So much so, Grinch Punch is a holiday go-to every year for my little one! The vibrant green and red instantly put us in the holiday mood and is the perfect refresher to keep you cool next to the fire. 

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Ingredients

  • Lime Sherbet
  • Green Berry Rush Hawaiian Punch
  • Sprite
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Red Sugar Sprinkles

Recipe

  1. Scoop your sherbet into a punch bowl or large pitcher. 
  2. Pour half of your juices and half of your Sprite over the sherbet.
  3. If you want to rim your glass, just pour some sugar in a dish, dip your glass into some water then dip into the sugar. Feel free to skip this step if you’d like.

And there you have it, a sweet and not-so-scary Grinch punch to get your little ones excited and holiday party off to a great start! 

Pomegranate Lime Punch
Pomegranates are one of my all-time favorite seasonal flavors. From savory dishes to desserts, pomegranate gives any holiday dish or drink a nice color, flavor, and scent. For a bit of zest, I’m pairing pomegranate with lime for a delicious invigorating sip perfect for every family member! 

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Pomegranate Juice
  • Pomegranate Jewels or “Arils”
  • 2 liters of Ginger Ale
  • 1 Lime

Recipe

  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, pour pomegranate juice and ginger ale.
  2. Cut lime in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into the pitcher or punch bowl.  Stir juices and ginger ale together.
  3. Add lime wedges and pomegranate jewel garnishes to punch the bowl and/or glasses and serve.

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Whether I’m sharing my Christmas list with my husband, wrapping gifts, or snuggling up with my family to watch holiday movies, a hot cup of cocoa is always nearby. Once the temperature drops and the flannel pajamas come out, I know that hot chocolate season is here! There are several ways to add a unique twist to this classic drink, but we’re adding a little spice this year. While cinnamon enters the chat, keep reading for a delicious spicy hot chocolate recipe. 

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut cream or canned coconut milk
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Unsweetened baking chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate
  • Chili powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Agave or maple syrup
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Toasted marshmallow (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks

Recipe

  1. Add ingredients to a crockpot / slow cooker.
  2. Dump everything except for the marshmallows into your slow cooker. Use a whisk to combine everything. This way, you can be sure that the cocoa powder is incorporated. 
  3. Cook on high setting for 1 hour, stirring often. After an hour, remove the cinnamon sticks and flip the crockpot to the low setting. Then, let it cook for another 1 or 2 hours, or until chocolate melts completely. 

Chocolate Liqueur (non-alcoholic) or alcohol can be added for the adults in the room! Grab your favorite mugs, snuggle up near the fire and enjoy. 

White Chocolate Peppermint Eggnog

No winter wonderland is complete without three things snow, peppermint, and eggnog! We don’t have much say in the snow department, but when it comes to peppermint and eggnog, we have more than enough and a little extra just in case. Your little ones may be tempted to eat the candy canes off of the Christmas tree, but we can head to the kitchen to ease those fresh cravings with a warm white chocolate peppermint eggnog! This tasty drink has several layers of flavor that are sure to please every holiday craving. 

White Chocolate Peppermint Eggnog

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Ingredients

  • Eggnog
  • White chocolate chips
  • Candy canes
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Recipe

  1. Chop up a few of your candy canes and set a few solid canes to the side. 
  2. Mix your eggnog, white chocolate chips, and crushed candy canes in a saucepan. 
  3. Heat and stir until your chocolate and candy canes are melted.
  4. Serve up in a mug or glass, top with whipped cream and crushed candy cane bits, and enjoy! 

For a little pizzaz, add a candy cany to your mug for dunking and a little minty kick. 

Caramel Apple Mocktail

Your little ones don’t have to feel left out of this year’s holiday toast when you make them tasty drinks like a caramel apple mocktail. There are so many flavors that remind us of fall, the holiday season, and getting together with our loved ones. Caramel apple may be at the top of my little one’s list with the burst of sugar plus the nostalgic taste of the carnival sweet treat for the kid in us all! 

Caramel Apple Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 cup caramel syrup
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 apples
  • Rosemary sprigs, around 6
  • Golden brown sugar for rimming

Recipe

  1. In a pitcher mix well the apple cider with the caramel syrup and add the cinnamon.
  2. Cut the apples into thin slices and add them to the pitcher. Add the rosemary sprigs and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  3. After the 20 minutes have passed, pour the sparkling water into the pitcher. Mix.
  4. Grab the glasses and rim them with golden brown sugar.
  5. Pour the caramel apple pie mocktail into the glasses.

Cheers! The holiday season is finally upon us. Be sure to share your favorite holiday drinks so we can share in the moment with you!

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