Dress Up Your Holiday Drinks

Mock GlöggFor many people, New Year’s Eve marks the end of high-Calorie laden holiday season. But the fun and flavor of the holiday season need not end with that last New Year’s Eve nightcap. While many Americans will reach for the nearest diet book, why not reach into your spice cupboard and refrigerator and learn to dress up your drinks without dressing up the Calories?

Mock Glögg (gloog)

A non-alcoholic twist on a popular Swedish drink that is served warm.

  1. 1 48 fl oz bottle of 100% grape juice
  2. 5 sticks of cinnamon
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons cardamom
  4. 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  5. peel of 1 orange

Combine all ingredients in a pan or crock pot. Heat until simmering, but not boiling. Serve warm. Yield: 6 – 8 fl oz portions

Sunshine Slush

Bring a touch of sunshine to winter with this frosty drink.

  1. 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  2. 1 cup prepared 100% orange juice
  3. 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend and serve. Yield: 2 – 6 fl oz portions

Cinnamon Chocolate Steamer

Still craving chocolate? Have any leftover cinnamon extract from holiday baking? Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon extract to heated chocolate soymilk and you will have warm drink to perk up your taste buds.

Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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