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Classic Holiday Drinks

Classic Holiday Drinks

Here are our favorite recipes for healthy egg nogs, spicy hot wassail, good-for-the-heart party punch and a delicious traditional hot chocolate. We also have a great hangover cure to show you, from a fun new video blog.

Healthier Egg Nogs

If you want a lower-fat, lower-cholestrol version of classic egg nog, try these recipes we found online:

Low Fat Egg Nog

Healthy Egg Nog

Hot Wassail is a traditional Yuletide drink in many countries. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase “Wel Hael,” or “Be Whole.” This fabulous recipe has the added advantage of making your home smell divine.

Good-for-the-Heart Party Punch


1 quart pomegranate juice
1 quart orange juice
1 organic orange, sliced into rounds
1 bottle Prosecco or other sweet bubbly

1. Combine juices in a punch bowl, then add Prosecco and orange slices. Ladle into ice-filled glasses to serve.

Serves 12.

Traditional Hot Chocolate

Hey, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants: drink up!


2 cups milk, more if needed
4 ounces good-quality dark chocolate
Freshly-grated nutmeg or cinnamon, optional

1. Coarsely chop the chocolate. Pour milk in a saucepan over medium high heat, add chocolate, and heat, stirring, until chocolate melts.

2. Whisk the hot chocolate until frothy, adding more milk if the drink is too thick. Serve with a sprinkling of nutmeg or cinnamon, if desired.

Serves 2.

If you overindulge over the holidays, here is a great hangover remedy from Just scroll down until you get to the Lemon Ginger Fixtini.

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10:26PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Egg nog is always a very popular Holiday drink but be careful to only take a few sips because this thick creamy drink is packed with calories.
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2:33PM PST on Dec 16, 2010

This is great recipe for hot cocoa...with real life good chocolate and milk (or soy).

4:29AM PST on Nov 19, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:52PM PDT on Mar 31, 2010

Thanks, Annie.

8:33PM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

Wrote down this recipe, cannot wait to try it out...sounds good doesn't it..thanks for the recipes.
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