Let's talk festive drinks. The holidays start for me when my friends on the southside host Oktoberfest in their home. This is the first year I've missed it -- good company and mulled wine. This is wine you add spices to in a slow cooker. It's wonderful. I hear you can do cider and wassail this way, too but have yet to try either.
Of course there's tea for this time of year. I like chai brewed in soy milk, or that Constant Comment you get in the grocery store. Both very Christmassy. But I also like the occasional hot chocolate and wanted something besides a mix.
I wanted to experiment with dark cocoa to make my own hot chocolate and I think I have a recipe now. For every 1 cup of milk, add:
This version is created in a pan on the stove over medium heat. Stir with a whisk to keep it from sticking and to give it some volume. I've made some, put the extra in a jar, and reheated it later in the microwave. It works.
When it's done, serve in a mug, mini marshmallows optional.
If you're drinking eggnog and wondering where it is on my list, you're probably drunk. Go home.
What's your favorite festive drink?