6 Yummy DIY Holiday Drinks That Will Probably Make You Famous!

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The holidays are right around the corner and seasonal flavours like  pumpkin and  egg nog are already infusing warm and cold drinks everywhere.  Save yourself a little moolah at Starbucks and be your own barista with these yummy DIY holiday drinks that will most likely make you famous among your friends!
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Spiced Pumpkin Steamer

Take 4 cups of almond milk, 1/2 cup of water, 1/3 cup  pumpkin pie mix (the sweetened kind in a can), 1 Tablespoon of molasses, and 2 teaspoons of honey and mix them all together in a saucepan over medium heat.  Serve with some whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon, or serve steamer-style by pulsing in a blender for a more frothy taste.
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Creamy Homemade Egg Nog


Nothing says seasonal quite like the unique flavor of egg nog.  To make legit, authentic egg nog, you're going to need these ingredients:
  • 6 large eggs plus 2 yolks
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Directions: Combine first three ingredients in a saucepan (no heat), whisking until combined.  Add the milk slowly and whisk until combined.  Turn the burner on low and stir continuously until the mix temperature reaches 160 degrees (using a candy thermometer).  The liquid should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.  Strain the mixture through a strainer to remove any bits.  Add vanilla and nutmeg and then pour into a glass container.  Cover and refrigerate for four hours or up to 3 days before serving.  Add fresh, whipped cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top and enjoy!
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Crock Pot Holiday Hot Chocolate

Something about a hot cup of cocoa in your hands on a cold morning makes the season a little more magical and the cold a little more easy to swallow.  To have this unctuous, rich hot chocolate ready for you when you wake up (think day after Thanksgiving shopping and Christmas morning!), keep it warm in a slow-cooker overnight.  For 12 servings, combine:
  • 10 cups milk
  • 2 and 1/2 pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 
in a saucepan and heat on medium low, stirring often until just heated through.  (The mixture should never boil.)  Then slowly add 2 cups chocolate chips and stir while the chocolate melts into the milk mixture.  Add 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 tsp ginger, and 1/4 cup brown sugar and stir to combine.  Strain this mixture with a fine strainer into your slow cooker to catch any particles and turn on warm.  Leave overnight and wake up to the most creamy, delicious holiday hot chocolate!
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Pumpkin Pie Shake (Naughty & Nice Version)

When it comes to shakes, it pays off to be nice, but it's so much fun to be a little naughty.  Here are both versions of a most delicious pumpkin shake! 
Nice: Combine 1 cup of almond milk, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (unsweetened), half a banana, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and ice cubes in a blender.  Blend until smooth and creamy and drink with a clean conscience! 
Naughty: For a heavenly after-Thanksgiving treat,combine vanilla or pumpkin ice cream, milk, and leftover pumpkin pie in a blender.  Add a little cinnamon and nutmeg and blend until smooth.  Being naughty never felt so good! 
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Cinnamon Cranberry Cider

After a long day of holiday shopping or playing in the snow, treat your friends and family to a warm, comforting mug of cranberry cider.  And by tossing the ingredients in a  slow cooker, it's super easy too!  
  •  a 64-ounce bottle of apple juice
  • 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 2-4 cinnamon sticks
  • two cups of cranberry juice 
Pour all ingredients into a slow-cooker and set on high for four hours.  Before serving, strain the cranberries and cinnamon sticks.  Serve in a cool  holiday mug and sit around the fireplace.
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Toasted Marshmallow Shake

Put any shake shack to shame with our take on a toasted marshmallow milkshake, and it's so incredibly easy!  Broil 12 marshmallows in the oven for 2 minutes or until the tops turn golden (make sure they don't catch on fire!).  Remove and while you let them cool, combine 2 cups of vanilla ice cream and 1 cup of milk in a blender.  Add the toasted marshmallows, saving 2 for a garnish, and blend together until creamy.  Add one toasted marshmallow on top of each shake and cheers!

Serve up these yummy drinks at your holiday shin-dig and become famous.  Add an ugly sweater from "  And the Ugly Sweater Award Goes To..." and you'll be infamous!
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