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Temps are dropping… Black Friday sales are going… We are all making plans for the holiday season! If you waited all year long for your favorite seasonal drink to show up on the menu only to discover it’s significantly more expensive than last year (or just feels like it is), don’t despair! Most holiday drink recipes are easy to prep at home so you can save some cash. Check out the 5 Holiday Drinks below and set a tip jar on the kitchen counter because your family and friends will be begging you to whip up these treats all the time!

  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Pumpkin spice coffee and espresso drinks have quickly become a modern classic in the world of holiday beverages. Brew a single serving to kick off your day, or prepare up a larger batch to share with your friends in front of the fireplace!

  2. Peppermint Milkshake 

    Enjoy a little extra chill with this merry milkshake. You can whip it up with milk and ice cream or their nondairy alternatives if you prefer. Vanilla and peppermint are a cool and refreshing combo, but don’t hesitate to add chocolate (or coffee!) to mix it up.

  3. Hot Cocoa

    Treat your sweet tooth with this winter classic! Whether you use powdered cocoa mix or make everything from scratch, we all know the key ingredient is love. This recipe will fill your home with the cozy scent of chocolate and vanilla.

  4. Fruit Punch

    This punch recipe is crowd-pleaser perfect that strikes a tasty balance between sweet and sour. Plus, its bright color and fresh fruit pieces make it look so pretty in a glass serving bowl. Make it kid-friendly but offer it as a mixer for adults. It’s fully customizable in so many ways!

  5. Eggnog

    This creamy and spicy holiday staple can be tricky to make at home—especially when you’re working with raw egg. Luckily, this recipe involves tempering your eggs, so there’s no need to worry about safety or curdling. It also has beaming reviews, so give it a try yourself and see how it compares to the store-bought version.

All of these special holiday drinks are fun and easy to make from scratch. You don’t have to be a gourmand to get them right so they’re a lot less stressful than baking or cooking complicated holiday treats! The hardest part will be making whipped cream for topping them off but once you make it from scratch, you’ll never go back to the can! Just get your arm muscles ready for hand-whipping the cream, or hook up your KitchenAid Stand Mixer.