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15 Ways to Spice Up (or Spike) Your Favorite Holiday Drinks

There's nothing better than sipping eggnog during the holiday season, or the feeling of warmth seeping into your fingers as you clutch your hot chocolate. These drinks are classics during the holidays— and what better way to enjoy the classics than with a twist? Check out these amazing holiday drink recipes that will teach you how to spice up (or spike) the classics, or give you brand new, delicious ideas to wow your friends and family with.

Rumchata Chai Latte

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If you're looking for a creamy way to spice up your chai lattes this winter you'll love this recipe that calls for RumChata. This sweet and cinnamonny liquor perfectly complements the traditional spiced tea drink. Check out the complete recipe by Food Fanatic.

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Hot Mulled Apple Cider Sangria

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In the winter, there's nothing better than curling up on the couch surrounded by Christmas lights and sipping on hot apple cider as the snow comes down outside. And, in the summer, there's nothing we like more than sangria, so why not combine the two for a delicious holiday cocktail? This cider and wine-based drink is served warm and spiced to perfection. Check out the recipe from The Crumby Cupcake here.

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Vanilla Cranberry Mimosas

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Cranberries often make an appearance at holiday feasts, and most people wouldn't be caught dead without a champagne flute in their hand come New Years, so why not combine the best of both of these traditions? The sweet vanilla hues combined with tart cranberry juice and sparkling wine will keep you in the holiday spirit during all your winter brunches and holiday parties. Check out the recipe from Honey and Birch here.

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Bailey's Peppermint Hot Chocolate

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The hot chocolate part of this drink will have you thinking of all the magical winters past, while the Bailey's will have you buzzing. The delicious peppermint flavor is bound to win over even the Grinchiest holiday guests. The best part? The recipe from 3 Yummy Tummies only takes 5 minutes to prepare.

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Gingerbread Latte

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Move over, Starbucks—this gingerbread latte is going to change lives. Pop all these yummy ingredients into the slow cooker and come home to a delicious and caffeinated latte, which serves you and 5-7 of your closest friends. Check out the recipe from The Cookie Rookie here.

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Kahlua-Spiked Eggnog

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It doesn't truly feel like Christmas until someone breaks out the eggnog—why not make it from scratch this year and spike it with Kahlua instead of the traditional rum? It's a delicious twist on a classic, and homemade eggnog tastes nothing like the store bought variety (Spoiler alert: It's better). Check out Design Love Fest's recipe here.

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Holiday Champagne Punch

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The area by the punch bowl is always packed at parties, especially if there's something particularly delicious in it—so you better be ready to do some crowd control if you decide to whip up this champagne punch. The recipe includes some classic holiday flavors like cranberry, cinnamon, and champagne (happy New Year's!), with pineapple and lemon to add something sour and different to the regular wintry blend. Check out Tabler Party of Two's recipe here.

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Red Wine Hot Chocolate

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Ah, our two greatest loves—red wine and hot chocolate. This amazing hot chocolate recipe lets us enjoy them both AT THE SAME TIME. This drink only takes five minutes to make and is way too easy to make considering how glorious it tastes, so get to it! Get Wholefully's amazing red wine hot chocolate recipe here.

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Eggnog Peppermint Milkshake

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Sorry, McDonalds, this year we're going to make our own eggnog milkshakes, and we'll be adding peppermint for good measure. This eggnog peppermint milkshake comes with some slight variations so you can choose how strong you want the eggnog or peppermint flavor to be. Each version is just as tasty as the next. Check out Mom on Timeout's recipe here.

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Chocolate Buttered Rum

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This drink looks just like hot chocolate, and it's anything but—so keep it away from the kiddies! Hot buttered rum often tastes something like sweet and salty liquid caramel, but this variation tastes more like a molten brownie, and we are SO down for that. Check out the recipe here.

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Sugar Plum Fairy Punch

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Visions of sugar plums will definitely be dancing in your head with this Christmas cocktail. Don't let the sweet flavor fool you—this drink can pack a punch. Check out Random Acts of Pastel's full recipe here.

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Apple Cider Mimosa

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If a boozy, appley cocktail sounds like heaven to you, you're going to love this recipe. This drink is the simplest of the bunch, and bound to be a crowd pleaser. Check out the recipe from What The Fork Food Blog here.

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Red Velvet Hot Chocolate

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Red velvet isn't just for cake anymore. The cream cheese whipped cream is technically optional, but we think it's more of necessity. Check out Tidy Mom's recipe here.

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Candy Cane White Hot Chocolate

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Christmas and candy canes go hand in hand, and this recipe gives you every reason you could need to pluck them off the tree and pop then into a pot full of delicious simmering white chocolate. This simple and delicious recipe is family friendly, so feel free to whip up a batch of this peppermint-flavored drink to get the whole family in the spirit of the season. Check out Mommy Moment's full recipe here.

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Peppermint Mocha White Russian

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We like White Russians plenty all year-round, but adding a Christmas twist makes it a must-have holiday treat. Kahlua, coffee, and Christmas... what more could you want? Check out the recipe from With Salt and Wit here.

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