Hot chocolate on a stick and 9 other hot beverage innovations #Food#alcohol#beverages#Pinterest#winter January 26 | Ariel Meadow Stallings offbeatariel Source: 30poundsofapples.com via Ariel on Pinterest First let's talk about the magic that is hot chocolate on a mutha-fuckin' STICK, people. Not since snakes on a plane has a thing on another thing had such a profound impact on me. Can you imagine hosting some friends over for dinner, and handing everyone a cup of steaming hot milk and a STICK OF HOT CHOCOLATE "for a creamy, interactive hot chocolate experience"!? That's how Kristi over at 30 Pounds Of Apples describes these things, which she then goes into detail about how to make. Inspired by creamy, interactive hot chocolate experience, I'm rounding up a few of my other fantasy hot beverages for y'all to serve up on a cold winter night. Some of these are boozy, some of them are not, but all of them are HOT. Hot buttered rum from a slow cooker: Source: mostlyfoodandcrafts.blogspot.com via Wona on Pinterest Apple cider served in apples: Source: shopruche.blogspot.com via Judy on Pinterest Make real German homemade Glühwein from this secret family recipe Glühwein (mulled wine) is really popular in Germany at Christmas. You get it in every Christmas Market and a lot of people make their own... [more] My favorite caffeinated cocktail, BLUEBERRY TEA, which boasts caffeine to jack you up and alcohol to mellow you out, all in an aromatic dreamy package: Source: weddingbycolor.com via Ariel on Pinterest Hot chocolate bar, you will be the death of me: Source: ellesees.blogspot.com via Lindsey on Pinterest Speaking of hot chocolate, here's some topped with a heart cut from frozen cool whip: Source: justhavingaball.blogspot.com via Ariel on Pinterest Thin Mint Irish coffee: Source: cooklisacook.blogspot.com via Erin on Pinterest Deep red spiced Gluhwein: Source: dreamingofwinter.blogspot.com via Lynn on Pinterest Hot toddy, now in a mason jar for added vintage chic-ness: Source: fitsugar.com via Raymond on Pinterest Homemade chai: Source: flickr.com via Jaimi on Pinterest Any favorite hot drink recipes in the house? SHARE! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Ariel Meadow Stallings Author of Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides, Ariel acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives, loves, and dorks out hard in Seattle, WA. @offbeatariel @offbeatbride PREVIOUS How to build a Japanese-style heated floor desk NEXT Throw this party: A Nerdy Thirty birthday party Toggle comments [ 29 ] My fave is ahot rum toddy made with cider. Get some hot mulled cider (or just heat some cold cider in a pan and toss in a cinnamon stick and a clove or two), pour into a nice heavy mug along with at least one shot of rum (more depending on how cold it is!) and top with a pat of slightly-softened unsalted butter. I love the butter/rum/cider flavor combo so much that I usually (and I know this is kinda gross and totally unhealthy) keep adding butter pats as they melt and I drink them down. 2 agree Reply mmmm butter! 1 agrees Reply You could add a crispy stick of bacon as a garnish! 0 agree Reply My boyfriend's mocha recipe: – Half ounce or more Goldschlager – One heaping table spoon Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa mix – 1/4 cup Heavy Cream – Pinch of sugar – Double Shot of espresso 0 agree Reply Wow. Sign me up for that. 1 agrees Reply Coffee + Kahlua Hazelnut Hot Chai + Barenjager Honey Liqueur Dark hot chocolate + Dr. McGillicuddy's Mentholmint Schnapps 0 agree Reply I want all of these drinks NOW, but we're suffering frrom a winter with almost no snow. Sad. 0 agree Reply Well I know what I'm making people for Christmas this year. 1 agrees Reply I made hot chocolate on a stick last year, but hot chocolate made with a block of it alone didn't wow me. If I used a big mug and one pack of Land O' Lakes hot cocoa with a block of hot chocolate on a stick, that was a fantastic cup of wonderfulness. My mom made a drink around the holidays about 10 years ago that I can't stop thinking about. It involved melting red hots into apple juice. She doesn't remember it at all and thus has no idea how much of any ingredients to use, nor whether there was anything other than red hots and juice involved. I keep meaning to experiment, but we hardly ever buy apple juice, and I never think of it at the store. But it's a very pretty red drink, and it would make a lovely Valentine's Day drink as well as a Christmastime drink. (I remember adding some cinnamon schnapps to it, too, I think, just for fun.) But now that I'm thinking about it, let me go look. It has to be online. Yes! 1/2 red hot candies melted into 2 qts apple juice or cider. Yay! 0 agree Reply Land o'Lakes hot chocolate! Man, that takes me back. I don't think I can find it anymore, at least not in the "single pack" servings. I think I used to double up on those too! 0 agree Reply Every year for Christmas my family boils cut up apples in water with a bag of red hots. The water left over from this is always fought over by everyone so I feel like apple juice and red hots would probably work really, really well. 0 agree Reply I also found this one… http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/2010/11/red-hot-cinnamon-apple-cider-pink.html 0 agree Reply I love how most of the reader comments have expanded on the cup of booze side of things. Its making me want to sip on something spiked right now…but it will have to wait until I'm off work tonight. =) 0 agree Reply apple cider in an apple, OH MY GOD 0 agree Reply My husband and I honeymooned in Europe and they had THE BEST hot chocolate (it was like drinking a melted chocolate bar). You've inspired me to try to recreate starting with the hot chocolate on a stick. Thanks! 0 agree Reply Im glad you liked my hot buttered rum – its a great winter treat! 0 agree Reply A mason jar? A MASON JAR?? Mannnnn I don't even want to see a mason jar unless it has GLOBAL MEAT in it!! 0 agree Reply DELICIOUS: 1 agrees Reply ROFL! Now just stick a cinnamon stick in it and call it Christmas! 0 agree Reply I'm terrified that this is going to be a big DUH moment for me and I'll be totally embarrassed for asking, but…the Blueberry Tea…doesn't have any blueberry in the recipe? Am I missing something? 0 agree Reply It's part of the magical joy of the beverage: the bergamot of the tea + the amaretto = blueberry aroma, even though there are no blueberries harmed in the production of the delicious beverage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blueberry_Tea_(cocktail) 0 agree Reply Excellent! Thanks for the clarification – TOTALLY trying this!!! 0 agree Reply Glühwein!!! AWESOME STUFF!!! 0 agree Reply I have a bottle waiting on my counter…I keep thinking that it's time to drink it but I haven't yet. I think it's because I know it's my last bottle of the year and I'm too lazy to make it from scratch. 0 agree Reply I've been carrying on the family tradition of making our version of wassail around the holidays (or, ya know, any time, since it's pretty dang tasty). Apple cider, cooked with a clove-spiked orange and several cinnamon sticks. 1 agrees Reply We also have delicious wassail every year as part of our holidaze tradition. Ours has two quarts apple juice two quarts orange two cups pineapple and one cup lemon. Add whole cloves and cinnamon sticks and simmer till fragrant. Then add dark rum or whiskey to personal levels. Yum! 0 agree Reply One of my fave hot drinks is what I simply call my "hot lemony drink". Basically, it's iced tea served hot, which sounds silly but it works. Powdered nestea mix+lemon juice+honey+hot water=goodness. 0 agree Reply OMG my eyes got so big by the end of this that a coworker asked what was wrong. I WANT THEM ALL RIGHT NOW! But….. how do you get the apple to hold the liquid? I don't understand! My roommate's take on butterbeer: warm up some cream soda, add butterscotch schnapps to taste. So Harry Potterish (in our minds anyway) and so wonderful for winter. 0 agree Reply LOVE this… so using this as a reference for my winter wedding. ^_^ 0 agree Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. 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