Winter Cocktails for the Entire Family
Posted on 10 December 2017
[Paid partnership with Pocky]
Growing up in Pittsburgh means your childhood consisted of a lot of hot chocolate or anything warm for that matter! My favorite memories began with bundling up in our finest snowsuits and moon boots and ended with warm hot cocoa and freezing toes!
As I raise my daughters in Los Angeles, they may not have the snow fight battles I remember, but cuddling up with some good hot chocolate will definitely be a part of their winter memories.
I partnered with Pocky, our favorite hot cocoa companion, to bring you some of our favorite winter cocktails for everyone (which means alcohol is included in some)!
First up, Unicorn Hot Chocolate
We certainly never had this when I was growing up but Starbucks did it with a summer drink so why not do it for winter!
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon extra fine granulated sugar
- 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- Pink food coloring
- Strawberry Cream Pocky sticks
- Whip cream (if desired)
- Pastel sprinkles
- Colored mini marshmallows
- In a medium saucepan combine milk, vanilla, sugar, white chocolate, and 2 drops of pink food coloring.
- Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until white chocolate is melted and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Pour warm hot chocolate into mugs and top with Pocky sticks, sprinkles, and mini marshmallows.
Red Wine Hot Chocolate
It is only fitting to accompany this kid's hot chocolate with a grown-up version, wine included! Yes, I said wine. I was hesitant at first too. But, if you love red wine and you love chocolate, you'll love it!
Makes about 1-2 servings
- 6 tablespoons of hot cocoa mix
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1 cup milk
- pinch of salt
- Chocolate Pocky stirring sticks
- Bring wine to a simmer over low heat . ** Heating the wine first is optional, do that only if you want to reduce the alcohol level. If not, simply add the wine over the cocoa and milk mixture, and bring everything to a boil.
- Meanwhile in a bowl combine cocoa powder with sugar and salt. Add 2 or 3 tbsp of milk and stir well to combine. Add the rest of the milk, stir well and add over the wine. Bring to a boil while whisking from time to time.
- Pour into your serving cups and serve with Pocky sticks on the side
Hot Vanilla Milk
Since we got a little carried away in the sugar department, I wanted to include a healthier option that the kids will love just the same. This is a great recipe that can be adapted very easily to the adult version!
- 2 cups almond milk
- 1tablespoon honey
- 1⁄4teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄4teaspoon ground cinnamon
- *Adult version - 1 shot of Bailey's Irish Cream or your shot of choice
- cinnamon sticks
- Pocky chocolate stirring sticks
- Put the milk, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon in a small saucepan and cook stirring occasionally, over a low heat for 5-7 minutes or until warm.
- Add alcohol for adult version.
- Pour into mugs and serve with cinnamon sticks and chocolate Pocky sticks.
For me it is more about making the memories that the kids will remember forever and a few fun drinks always help! Have a fun and blessed holiday season!
Love, the Bashery Family