2 Hot Drinks to Warm the Soul

These drinks taste gourmet, AND they are easy to make! #heartwarming #drinkrecipes

On the 2nd day of Christmas, FitCakes gave to me 2 hot drink recipes!

When the weather outside is frightful, there's almost nothing better than to cozy up inside with a steamy mug of something delicious.

Now I imagine you are wondering just how I am going to justify putting tasty/alcohol-infused libations on my healthy food website.  Or maybe not?  Okay, so I'll admit, they may not be healthiest of all things, and drinking one's calories is not generally recommended for weight-loss purposes.  

That being said, I do enjoy the occasional holiday cocktail (or even just a nice hot-chocolate!)  And the ones I've listed here are special - something about each drink is beneficial in it's own way (think cocoa powder, coconut oil, or a fruit juice.)  Make them with or without the suggested alcohol, and they're still really delicious.

Oh, and by the way, I lied.  It's not just two drinks.  I couldn't help it!  There were way too many out there to choose from, so you got a bonus recipe.  

But I think I found the best.  And that is all that matters.  Right?

1. Rum-Infused Dark Hot Chocolate

vegan, gluten-free

This vegan hot chocolate looks really delicious - made with almond milk and dark chocolate, I'm already sold on it!  Did I mention cinnamon sticks are used to infuse a little extra holiday flavor?  And even though these are "rum-infused" I'm sure you could sub in any other alcohol, (say, peppermint vodka?) or 1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract for a non-alcoholic flavoring!

[Need more vegan chocolate in your life? Try this: Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com/?p=1883

http://www.foodheavenmadeeasy.com/?p=1883


2. Slow-Cooker Rosemary Cranberry Mulled Cider

vegan (unless you don't do honey), gluten-free

Just like she says in her blog post, this is a multi-tasking recipe.  It will make your house smell like Christmas (just imagine what Christmas would smell like if it had it's own scent, and you'd be right) and simultaneously make the perfect tasty drink for company or for a cozy night in!

[Here's another way to use extra cranberries! Insane GF Cranberry-Orange Loaf]

http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-rosemary-cranberry-mulled-cider/

http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-rosemary-cranberry-mulled-cider/

Bonus: Hot Buttered Rum

vegan-friendly, gluten-free

Have you heard Colbie Callait's latest song, "Christmas in the Sand"?  This drink makes me think of that.  Made with rum, pineapple, and coconut oil (or butter), the ingredients sound like a tropical getaway in a cup.  The fact that its made with coconut oil is what really caught my eye - you know how much I love that healthy coconut oil!

[Another sweet recipe that uses coconut oil: Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Brownies

http://attainablecuisine.blogspot.com/2014/12/hot-buttered-rum.html

http://attainablecuisine.blogspot.com/2014/12/hot-buttered-rum.html