Foodie Friday: Hot Drinks

Hot Cranberry Punch
Via Deliciously Sprinkled

During the holidays and throughout winter it's nice to have hot beverages to offer your guests ~ or something for yourself to sip on while you curl up with a blanket and a good book.  Think beyond coffee!  We've found some tasty hot drinks that will keep you warm and merry throughout the season!  Enjoy!

Hot Cranberry Punch

4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups apple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 Tablespoon Sweet'N Low
1/4 cup light brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Pour the cranberry, orange, and apple juice into coffee maker.
Place Sweet'N Low, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks and ground cloves into a coffee filter.
Brew punch. Once it's done, remove filter.
Serve warm and top with fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and a orange wedge.

If you don’t have an electric coffee maker, you can use a slow cooker instead. The only difference is that you are going to place the  Sweet’N Low, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks and ground cloves right into the slow cooker. Cook the punch on high for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate
Via Gimme Some Oven

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 2 MINS 
Cook Time: 8 MINS 
Total Time: 10 MINS

4 cups of milk of your choice
8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (or white chocolate chips)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (or more/less to taste)
optional toppings: whipped cream, crushed peppermints, marshmallows

Stir the milk and chopped white chocolate together in a medium saucepan.  Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer and the chocolate is melted.  (Do not let it come to a boil or let the chocolate burn on the bottom.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and peppermint extract.

Serve warm, with optional toppings if desired.

Apple Cranberry Slow Cooker Tea
Via Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Apple Cranberry Slow Cooker Tea

3 cups 100% apple juice
2 cups cranberry juice cocktail
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
1 apple, sliced (I used honey crisp)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
5 bags of Lipton tea, tags removed

Place all ingredient in a 5 quart slow cooker.
Set on HIGH and cook for 30 minutes. At this point, you can remove and squeeze the tea bags.

Set slow cooker on LOW for 4 hours.
Serve warm and top with fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and a orange wedge.

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