5 delicious drinks to warm up your backyard holiday party
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you're obligated to entertain inside all the time. The outdoors still have plenty to offer chilly season, from family sledding and ice skating excursions to enjoying cozy hot chocolates by the fire. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a backyard party to gaze at Christmas lights and take in some fresh winter air from your custom patio. But if you're hosting outdoors this winter, you'll want to make sure you provide your guests with a little something delicious to help keep them warm. Here are 5 tasty drinks that are sure to warm up your guests for the party:
1. Irish coffee
When thinking of toasty beverages to keep you cozy during the winter, many adults prefer coffee. While a regular cup of joe is just fine, kick it up a notch for your party. Make Irish coffee by adding Irish cream and whiskey to your favorite fresh-brewed coffee. Grab some beans from a local roaster to experience the unique taste of their best coffee. Top off each steaming mug with some whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg.
2. Spiked cider
Another classic winter drink is apple cider. You can make kid versions by leaving out the alcohol and serving hot cider with a cinnamon stick and a little whipped cream. For the over-21 crowd, make three spiced orange tea bags in one quart of hot water on the stove. Brew the tea for five minutes and then remove the bags. Stir in sugar, apple cider, rum and cinnamon sticks. Heat until you can see steam. Remove the pan from the heat and ladle the tasty drink into mugs. Finish the ciders with anise stars or cinnamon stick, whipped cream and even a drizzle of caramel.
3. Buttered rum
No holiday party is complete without buttered rum. This super easy drink makes four servings, so make sure to double or triple it to account for all your thirsty guests. You'll need water, unsalted butter, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, salt and rum. Combine everything but the rum in a sauce pan and heat until a boil. Then, reduce the temperature to simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the stove and add the rum. Pour this piping hot beverage into mugs and enjoy.
4. Hot toddy
If any of your guests have a cold, offer to make a hot toddy. These are basically the grown-up version of lemon and honey in tea. Instead, you'll add bourbon to hot water, honey and lemon juice for an extra pick-me-up. For any younger attendees who are interested, nix the bourbon and you'll still have a delicious cold remedy that'll keep the child or teen warm during your backyard event.
5. Hot chocolate
People of all ages love hot chocolate, and it's easy to make! You can use the regular Swiss Miss powdered mix and let each individual drinker decide how chocolaty to make their drink. Turn it into a hot chocolate bar by providing lots of fun toppings like red and green marshmallow Christmas trees, sprinkles and caramel sauce.
Also provide some appetizers like a cheese and cracker plate, fruit salad and some holiday cookies so everyone is fueled for a little mid-party caroling! If you're in the mood for gift-giving, use holiday-themed mugs and let guests take them home as party favors.