Alcohol-free drinks spice up the holidays

Warm or cold, these delicious non-alcoholic holiday drinks from ‘The Mocktail Bar Guide’ (Meadowbrook Press) are perfect for a party full of guests or a cozy twosome in front of the fire. White Christmas Hot Chocolate 12 ounces of milk 1 1/4 ounces of finely chopped white chocolate 1 ounce of crushed peppermint or spearmint candy canes pinch of salt whipped cream Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add the chocolate, half of the crushed candy canes, and a pinch of salt. Whisk until smooth and creamy, then pour into a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream and remaining crushed candy canes. Quick Party Eggnog 1 cup of cold eggnog 1/3 tablespoon of ground cinnamon 1/3 banana 2/3 tablespoon maple syrup 1/3 tablespoon of group nutmeg Blend ingredients at medium speed. Pour into a glass and top with more nutmeg. Cranberry-Apple Wassail 8 cups of cranberry juice 3 cups of apple juice 5 small cinnamon sticks 1/3 cup of sugar 3/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon of whole cloves 5 orange slices 3 lemon slices In a saucepan bring the first six ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for ten minutes. Strain into a heat-resistant punch bowl. Add the fruit slices. Cold Chocolate Peppermint 2 scoops of chocolate ice cream 1 cup of cold milk dash of peppermint extract chocolate shavings peppermint candy cane Blend the first three ingredients until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and top with chocolate shavings and the candy cane.

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