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9 Family Friendly Hot Drinks

BEST Non Alcoholic Family-Friendly Hot Drinks

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9 Fabulous Family Friendly Hot DrinksI have been working hard for you to put together a collection of hot drinks that are family friendly; drinks that everyone can enjoy.  These are not the usual packets that come in a box, nor the taste by a long shot either.  I wanted to bring you a collection of some instant that you can make ahead to mix with hot water in a hurry. I also have some unique drinks such as the hot buttered rum drink that is made from a batter you keep in the freezer.  The salted caramel hot chocolate rivals anything you can purchase, believe me, and try it with smoked salt…oohh, now that’s a treat.  I have links here on the following pages for each of the drinks shown.  They are listed from 1 to 9 though they are all favorites. I hope you enjoy them – we sure have!

BEST Non Alcoholic Family-Friendly Hot Drinks

#1 This Caramel Apple Cider is my copycat version of Starbucks.  Recipe HERE

Carrie's Caramel Apple Cider #2 My mom made a mix when I was growing up, then I made it for my kids.  I kicked it up a notch and came up with this Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix.  Recipe HEREExtraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

#3 This homemade Gourmet Hot Chocolate earns its name fair and square.  Recipe HEREHot Chocolate 1

#4 BEST Instant White Cocoa Mix is so good and can be made up ahead to have on hand for when you want a wonderful cup of cocoa. Recipe HERE

???????????????????????????????????? #5 This Cozy Vanilla Drink is sophisticated and has a depth of aroma that is so satisfying.  Recipe HERE Cozy Vanilla Drink 1 #6 When you want something easy, but delicious, this CREAMY CrockPot Hot Chocolate is perfect.  Recipe HERECreamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa



#7 This exotic hot chocolate is incomparable to any other in its distinctive and authentic flavor.  It has a perfect balance of a bit of sweet and an amazing flavor. Click HERE for recipe.

Authentic Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Homemade Authentic Mexican Hot Chocolate

#8 My Gourmet Salted Hot Chocolate, in my humble opinion rivals any you will buy in a shop.  Recipe HEREGourmet Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate#9 This hot Buttered Rum drink is nonalcoholic and very unique and wonderful.  Recipe HERENonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

My mom used to make a mix for our family growing up and then I made for mine.  It was good, but I have taken the base and kicked it up a notch or two and I think it is better than the expensive kinds you buy in the cans.  You can make it a dark chocolate or a more mild milk chocolate; depending on your taste. Serve with whipped cream, marshmallows, candy canes – whatever your heart desires. It’s homemade and EXTRAORDINARY!

 

 





Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients:

21 – 26 oz. container of Nestle instant chocolate milk powder mix

1 cup powdered sugar

15-16 oz. powdered non-dairy creamer, original flavor

5 cups dry powdered milk, do NOT combine with water

2 Tablespoons – 1/2 cup of dutch processed cocoa powder – the amount depends on how deep you like your chocolate flavor, a few Tablespoons for a mild hot chocolate, more for a darker chocolate flavor –  the better quality, the better your product.

2 – 3.56 oz. boxes of Hershey’s instant chocolate pudding  OR milk chocolate if you prefer a more mild chocolate flavored hot chocolate- dry, do not prepare pudding mix


Directions:

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl, Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix 2And blend until completely combined.Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix 3

Store in tight sealing containers up to 6 months.

To serve, mix 1/4 -1/3 cup hot chocolate mix to 1 cup hot water to desired strength.Extraordinary Instant Hot Cocoa Mix 4

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright A Mother’s Shadow, 2016

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Authentic Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

Authentic Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate

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This exotic hot chocolate is incomparable to any other in its distinctive and authentic flavor.  It has a perfect balance of a bit of sweet and an amazing flavor that comes from the Mexican Hot Chocolate Drink Tablets.  Those little tablets are so good, that a bit of taste- testing is in order, trust me.  

The cinnamon sticks give a bright undertone to the drink that’s screams foreign lands. I would recommend taking the cinnamon out after 10 minutes or so.  Some of us have a problem with too much cinnamon, and that is a ‘just-right-amount’ for the discrimination palate.

Now, for the chipotle powder.  Do not be afraid of it, please trust me on this.  I like flavor, not heat just for the sake of  having hot in my food. You just need a few pinches and it highlights the the entire Mexican Hot Chocolate to an out of this world experience.  You will LOVE this very special hot chocolate.




Mexican Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

4 cups whole milk

5-6 oz of Mexican Hot Chocolate Drink Tablets, chopped into small pieces – these are found in the Latino or Mexican section of the grocery stores

2   3″ cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3-4 pinches of chipotle powder, start with 2 and add, but allow time for the flavors to marry before adding more




Directions:

In a medium sized pan, over medium heat, add the Mexican chocolate, cinnamon sticks, vanilla extract and chipotle powder.     Mexican Hot Chocolate 2Pour in the milk and whisk, or stirring briskly, constantly, heat mixture through melting the chocolate; using care not to scorch the milk.  Allow mixture to simmer on low for 10 minutes.Mexican Hot Chocolate 4

Mexican Hot Chocolate 3Remove cinnamon sticks.  Mexican Hot Chocolate 3

Froth by whisking by hand or with a hand wand and serve if desired for an authentic way of serving this drink.

Carrie Gronemans recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016.

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Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate is all the rage with every specialty shop touting the ir recipe is great.  Well, I have to tell you, I seriously don’t think you will find a better one than this. It’s not difficult at all to make.  The dutch cocoa brings a gourmet flavor to the drink.  And the hazelnut syrup adds a nuttiness that is one of those ‘hhmm, what is that delicious ingredient’ questions.  

Now for the salt.  It’s very common to use coarse sea salt, but my neighbor Jeremy generously gave me some mesquite smoked sea salt to try with the caramel hot chocolate as an experiment. Cups lined up, we tried some with the sea salt and some with the mesquite smoked salt.  We were very pleasantly surprised at how much we loved the smoked salt.  It brought out an entirely different flavor and YUMMY – you’ve got to try it!  There are so many salts to try that will have a blast with this drink and impress your family and guests immensely.



 

Gourmet Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder

1  1/3 cup half and half

3/4 cup caramel topping

2 Tablespoons caramel syrup

2 teaspoons toasted hazelnut syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups whole milk

Additions: Canned spray whipped cream,   caramel sauce in a squeeze bottle coarse sea salt, mesquite smoked sea salt and other Kinds would be fun to try.


Directions:

In a medium saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, salt, cocoa powder and half & half.  Over medium heat, stirring constantly bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute.DSC_0124After 1 minute of a simmer, add in the caramel topping, syrups and extract and bring back to a simmer and still stirring constantly, simmer for 1 more minute.DSC_0127After the second minute of simmer, which allows the flavors to marry, add in the milk and bring to heat, but do not bring to a boil.  

Warm to desired taste for serving.DSC_0132


Fill a mug about 2/3 of the way full with the gourmet hot chocolate. Then spray generously with spray whipped cream. Next drizzle with caramel sauce. Top with just put in a few pinches of coarse sea salt to your taste and stir it in for best result. Be a bit adventurous and try smoked sea salt.  

It is an amazing journey for your taste buds!

Carrie Gronemans recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016.
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Carrie's Caramel Apple Cider

Carrie's Caramel Apple Cider

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Carrie's Caramel Apple CiderCarrie’s Caramel Apple Cider

Here is another recipe I created because of my sister Jody. She came to my house one day and said we had to go try this hot cider she had at Starbucks, and that I must figure out the recipe.

This is my version and we really enjoy it. You can make it ahead and it only gets better. Perfect for cold nights to warm you through and through.




 

Carrie’s Caramel Apple Cider

First prepare:  

*Cinnamon Syrup = 1 recipe
1 cup water
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon oil

Mix in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 5 minutes.
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Next:
Ingredients for Cider:
1 recipe of cinnamon syrup*
2 quarts apple juice ( not apple cider)
2 envelopes dry spiced cider drink mix
1/2 cup caramel sundae topping (half of a 12.5 oz. bottle)
Directions:

Combine the prepared cinnamon syrup*, apple juice, spiced drink mix (dry, not prepared) and caramel topping in a pot.

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Optional:  Serve with whipped cream and extra caramel sauce.

Store extra in the fridge up to 1 week.  The flavor improves when allowed to sit/marry.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2016

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White Cocoa Mix

BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

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BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Best Instant White Cocoa Mix

When you want to indulge in a bit of sophistication, this delightful drink will definitely satisfy. 

My incredibly talented friend Christine Christina Leonhardt told me about her white hot chocolate drink.  Thank you Christine!  

Then a fabulous reader emailed in and said she added in pudding to the mix, which of course I just had to try, and it is even better!  She used regular cook & serve, I used instant, so you can choose.  Thank you for your suggestion my reader friend!

After a few tweaks and experimenting, I think this is perfection.  You’ll have to give it a try. 

For a really special treat, I have a really nice printable for you to include with the BEST Instant White Choco Mix so you can share it HERE

 




BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Ingredients:

4 oz. Lindt white chocolate bar, broken into pieces              

1  1/2 cups powdered milk

2/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup vanilla or French vanilla non dairy creamer

2 teaspoons dutch processed cocoa (yes, it is dark cocoa)              

1/4 teaspoon. salt

3.56 oz. box of White Chocolate or Vanilla Instant Pudding mix  

 




BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Directions:

In a food processor combine all the ingredients




BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Pulse until the chocolate chips and candy bar are in very small pieces.

Store the mix in a jar with a tight fitting lid or a zip lock bag.

Use 2 Tbl. (or more, depending on how rich you like your hot cocoa) in 6 oz. of boiling water.

Stir to melt the mix into the water.

Enjoy

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, after adaptions.

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Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Gourmet Homemade Hot Chocolate

Gourmet Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

 This homemade Gourmet Hot Chocolate is easy and absolutely delectable.  There’s nothing that compares with the texture, smooth and creamy rich taste of a cooked hot chocolate versus an instant and it is really worth the few minutes it takes to cook.  Give this fabulous hot chocolate a try.  Serve with chocolate chips, crushed candy canes, marshmallows, heath-bits, flavored syrups, anything your heart desires as stir-ins.  

GOURMET HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

1/3  cup brown sugar 1/4  cup dutch processed cocoa powder

1/8  tsp. salt

1 1/3 cup half and half

3 cups whole milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Optional:

whipped cream

marshmallows

candy sticks

vanilla ice cream

syrups  




Directions:

Stir together sugar, cocoa and salt in a medium saucepan; add half and half.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer 2 minutes, still stirring constantly.????????????????????????????????????After the 2 minutes, add the milk.  Stirring constantly, heat to desired serving temperature. Do NOT boil after adding the milk.????????????????????????????????????When warm enough to your taste, remove cocoa from heat, add vanilla; whisk or beat until frothy and serve with desired toppings.

Carrie Gronemans recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013, 2016

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