Holidays is the time when we feel inexplicable happiness, warmth of home and all believe in a little bit of magic. For most people, the favorite thing to do this time of the year is spending time with their families and friends. To add just a bit more to the holiday warmth and magic, here are some simple drinks for the whole family to sip on next time you sit down to play Monopoly.

  • For babies and designated drivers. There is something special about hot, fragrant tea in winter. There are different sorts to choose from, but we think herbal teas are best for the holiday season. They have no caffeine and are safe to drink at any time of the day. Best winter flavors are chamomile, peppermint, St. John’s wort, and ginger. Even infants can benefit from mild chamomile tea as it relieves colics and helps babies pass gas.
  • For kids and adults who value traditions. If you associate Christmas time with drinking delicious eggnog, you should pass on this tradition to your kids. Stores start selling eggnog as early as in late November, but you can also make a homemade drink. It takes about 15 minutes and there are plenty of recipes online.
  • For your parents and coffee lovers. If you are more of a coffee person, you can enjoy your favorite drink as well. Holidays is a great excuse to treat yourself to all those special flavors you were waiting for the whole year. Pumpkin spice, vanilla, chocolate, Irish cream… you can try a new flavor every day. Alternatively, you can add a splash of your favorite cognac or cream liqueur to your coffee in the evening.
  • For your fashionable grandparents and European friends. Maybe you have a grandmother who reads Vogue or have some European friends over – then mulled wine should definitely be on your drinks list. Simply warm up (do not boil) your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon together with cut apples, oranges, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. Serve in clear glasses with handles and keep an eye on the gradma.