Drinks to spice up holiday season

Recipe:  Peppermint White

  • Chocolate Mocha
  • (Adapted from Joy of Baking)
  • 1 1/2 c. milk (any fat content will do)
  • 3 oz. white chocolate, chopped  (make sure the ingredients include cocoa butter)
  • 1 Tbsp. instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. pure peppermint extract


Place the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it is nice and hot.  Meanwhile, place the chopped white chocolate, instant coffee powder, and vanilla extract in your blender.

Pour the hot milk in the blender and process until nice and foamy.  Garnish with shaved chocolate or whipped cream.


Recipe:  Hot Chocolate

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate, grated
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg


Put milk into a microwave-safe container and cook on High in microwave for 2 minutes. Mix in chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk an egg until smooth, then mix it into the chocolate mixture.

Return to microwave and cook on High for 3 to 4 minutes or until foamy (be careful not to let it boil.) Whisk until smooth and pour into 3 mugs. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Recipes provided by Cailin Reid