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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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Buttered Rum Drink

Nonalcoholic Hot Buttered Rum Drink

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Buttered Rum Drink

Nonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink

   As I was putting my collection together of hot drinks that were family friendly, I wanted something else that wasn’t hot chocolate or apple cider.  I started searching around and come across hot buttered rum drinks.  I was very intrigued to say the least.  I learned that buttered rum drinks are made with a batter that is kept in the freezer – at least the type I found, and then you make up a cup as you want one.  

This hot drink is like nothing else I have ever had.  I’ve had all my family try this very exceptional beverage and they all say its amazing and one you need to try.  Rich, distinctive and outstanding.

Nonalcoholic Hot Buttered Rum Drink

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoon rum extract

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 –  .74 oz.package apple cider mix, dry mix

1 pint or 2 cups vanilla ice cream  

Directions:

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugars, nutmeg, cinnamon, extracts and cider mix until well blended. Nonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink 2Add in the vanilla ice cream  Nonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink 3Mix until combined. Pour into a freezer container with a tight fitting lid.  Seal and freeze.  It will not freeze solid.Nonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink 4To serve, scoop enough to fill a mug about half full. Nonalcoholic Buttered Rum Drink 5 Add boiling water to fill 2/3 the way up and stir to dissolve.  

Serve.

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

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Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa 1

Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa

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Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa 1

This is easy-peasy no hastle, put it all together and let it go hot chocolate, but the taste is scrumptious!  It really is amazing for such and no-fuss recipe.  I have options you might like also, as well as ideas for a hot chocolate bar for a party or get-together.

CREAMY CrockPot Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

1 pint half and half

14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

6 cups of whole milk for richer flavor

1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 package chocolate chips – milk or semi sweet; your preference (you could get adventurous and mix in some mint chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or even substitute white chocolate chips)


Directions:

Pour all the ingredients into a crock pot. 

Stir together, combing well. Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa 2Cover and cook on low for approximately 2-3 hours. Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa 3Occasionally stir until the mixture is hot and the chocolate chips are melted.   Whisk or stir well before serving.  Creamy CrockPot Hot Cocoa 4

This would be a fun one to have a few kinds going in crockpots and then several options for garnish such as: marshmallows, whipped cream, crushed candy canes, heath bits, crushed cookies, flavored syrups – let your imagination go wild and have FUN!

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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Cozy Vanilla Drink

Cozy Vanilla Drink

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Cozy Vanilla Drink

Cozy Vanilla Drink

I love a cozy warm drink that makes you feel like a soft warm blanket is wrapped all around and snuggles you in.  This is a family-friendly drink I created that you would vow came from a gourmet shop.  This fabulous vanilla beverage is not sticky sweet like so many, but, instead decedent and a fabulous self-indulgent treat you don’t want to miss.

 




Cozy Vanilla Drink

Ingredients:

2 Tbl. French Vanilla Creamer 

2 tsp. Pero

2- 3 Tbl. white chocolate chips

1 cup milk, microwaved for 2 minutes or heated through (2% – whole depending on the richness desired)



Directions:

Place the creamer, Pero and white chocolate chips in a large container, large enough to hold the ingredients and contain the splash when stirred.DSC_0735Pour the hot milk into the mixture and mix with a wand mixer, electric mixer or use a blender.DSC_0737Mix until the ingredients are completely combined, the chocolate chips are dissolved and it is combined completely.DSC_0738 Serve!Cozy Vanilla Drink 1 Carrie Groneman’s original recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015
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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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