Christmas is one of the best times of the year for dads. We love watching our children play in the snow, build snowmen and dream about Santa Claus and his eight reindeer. One of the best ways for families to bond is by drinking some Christmas beverages and there are plenty of easy recipes that you can make in a snap.
Dad’s Famous Homemade Hot Chocolate
Who hasn’t felt the warmth of hot chocolate after a cold afternoon in the snow? For me, it’s always been a symbol of Christmas and something we do after putting the tree up each year. You could buy a mix that’s filled with more chemicals than a can of motor oil or you could make some from scratch and start a great holiday tradition.
- 1 package of chocolate chips (milk or dark depending on your taste)
- 6 cups of milk
- 2 cups of whipped cream
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Mix the milk, whipped cream and vanilla and pour the mixture into a crockpot/ slow cooker. Add the chocolate chips and stir until well combined. Cover and cook on low for about 2 to 2 ½ hours, making sure to come back and stir every now and then.
It’s done when all the chips are melted. It will be thicker than what you are likely used to, so hang a candy cane on the side to mix it as you drink. (Mom and Dad can also add a little dash of peppermint schnapps to their own cups for a little extra Christmas cheer.)
Delicious Holiday Eggnog
Eggnog is another one of those holiday drinks that just screams Christmas! Traditionally, the drink is made using uncooked eggs, which when you’re adding alcohol is fine. But if you plan on making this a family drink without the alcohol, then it’s best to cook the eggs to kill any bacteria that might be lingering. Be patient. It takes about an hour, but it’s worth not getting sick at the holidays.
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ cup of heavy whipped cream
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 4 cups of whole milk
- 6 large eggs
- 2 egg yolks
In a large saucepan, combine the eggs, yolks, sugar and salt and whisk until combined. Slowly pour in the milk and continually whisk until all the milk is in the mixture and combined well. Place the saucepan on the stove on the lowest setting and stir continuously until a thermometer reads 160 degrees. The process takes about an hour (cooking it too fast or hot will scramble the eggs).
The last thing you want is an eggnog omelet, so strain the mixture through a sieve into a bowl to capture any cooked egg. Add the vanilla and the nutmeg then stir. Pour the whole thing into a pitcher and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours to chill.
When you’re ready to serve, pour the cream into a bowl and whip until it creates soft peaks, then fold it into the now-chilled eggnog mixture. It’s now ready to serve.
If Mom and Dad want a little something extra, add a little brandy, bourbon or rum to the glasses.
We have many different holiday recipes available at www.dadsthatcook.com, so check them out.