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5) Spiked (and Spiced) Hot Chocolate

​Probably the most popular of all the drinks listed here, hot chocolate transcends time and space to emerge as the front runner of awesome warm beverages. Add a shot of something tasty and alcoholic and you’ve got a drink that would make Santa jealous.

Recipe from allrecipes.com:
6 cups skim milk
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat until lukewarm; stir the cocoa powder and sugar into the warmed milk until dissolved. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, chili powder, nutmeg, and cloves. Heat another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add a shot of Irish Cream liqueur, Kahlua, or any other complementary-flavored alcohol for an adult version.

6) Poinsettia

​You can drink the drink, and you can actually eat the plant, too, as the myth that poinsettias are poisonous is untrue. So drink away your fears of eating a poisonous decorative plant, and enjoy the season. For the record, we do not condone eating poinsettias, but we do recommend a good cocktail of the same name.

Recipe from drinksmixer.com:
1 tbsp orange liqueur
1 part cranberry juice
1 part Champagne

Mix the champagne and cranberry juice, then float the orange liqueur on top.

7) Candy Cane

​After the first few weeks of December pass, you’ll probably be in the mood to start a bonfire with all the candy canes you’ve collected. Here’s a great drink to garnish with all your extra (and probably unwanted) “J”-shaped confections.

Recipe from foodnetwork.com:
1 shot vanilla rum
1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
1 shot peppermint schnapps
Candy cane, garnish

Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candy cane.

8) Hot Toddy

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​Not a cheer screamed at Ole Miss games, but a warm, throat-soothing tea-based drink that has more to do with getting through a winter cold or flu than celebrating the holidays, but we still thought it was appropriate.

Recipe from epicurious.com:
1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon
1 tablespoon mild honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup boiling-hot water

Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water, and stir until honey is dissolved.

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