Holiday Drinks for Kids

While you are making plans to stock your bar for holiday guests don’t forget your youngest visitors who can’t imbibe in seasonal libations. It’s a good idea to mix up a few festive beverages for them to enjoy too.

Whether you are looking for something warm to serve or need a way to liven up your holiday punchbowl, the following recipes should come in very handy:

HOT CANDY CANE COCOA

Ingredients:

4 cups whole milk

3 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

4 peppermint candy canes, crushed

1 cup whipped cream

2 to 3 extra candy canes

Directions:

In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling.

Whisk in the chocolate and 4 crushed candy canes until melted and smooth.

Pour hot cocoa into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and a whole candy cane for stirring.

WARM MULLED CIDER

Ingredients:

12 cups apple juice

6 cups cranberry juice

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 to 2 tablespoons mulling spices

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients together and simmer over low heat for 30 to 45 minutes.

Serve with cookies or other sweet holiday treats.

HOLIDAY PUNCHBOWL ICE RING

Materials:

1 large Bundt pan or ring mold

1 12-oz. bag of fresh cranberries

Two bunches fresh mint leaves

Water

Directions:

Rinse cranberries in cold water. Drain.

Fill pan 1/2-inch to 1-inch deep with water. Place on even surface in freezer and freeze until solid. Remove pan from freezer.

Add an additional 1/4-inch water over frozen ice ring.

Arrange cranberries and mint leaves in desired pattern then return pan to freezer. Once set, add an additional 1/2-inch to 1-inch of water and freeze until solid.

Remove from freezer, unmold by running pan under hot water (briefly) and place in punch bowl.

Note: The cranberries will float, so if you add all the water at once, the cranberries will float to the surface. When you unmold the frozen ring, the decorations will be on the bottom of the ring.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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