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Holiday Cheer!

The holiday season is nearly over. But were still in the height of celebrating, and what better way to continue doing so than by serving up a tray of hot beverages to keep you warm and cozy during those chilly nights. So we've come up with five truly amazing hot beverage ideas for some holiday cheer.

Chai tea is considered the national drink of India and Sri Lanka. It is a beverage made with hot milk, black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, black pepper and sugar and has become increasingly popular throughout the world. Chai produces a warming, soothing effect, and acts as a natural digestive aid that induces a wonderful sense of well being. Its almost impossible to resist having a second cup goes; it goes without saying. This very easy to make beverage is perfect for any occasion. Click here for our version of Chai tea.

A favorite hot beverage for many Westerners is mulled wine. It is considered to be a traditional drink during the winter months, especially around Christmas. It can be served hot or warm and is made with red wine, usually port or claret, orange zest and juice, cardamom pods, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon, sugar and sometimes brandy. The method of preparation is for every pint of wine allow 1 large cupful of water, sugar and spice to taste. Combine ingredients in a large pot and simmer. Do not allow mixture to boil. Heat for 20 minutes and serve in a large, heat resistant punch bowl. Garnish with cinnamon quills and nutmeg.

The smell of hot cinnamon apple cider wafting in the air is like a pure magnet for me. This is a beverage that you can experiment with by using different spices to add flavor. Usually cloves, nutmeg, lemon peel and ginger are all complementary flavors that can add amazing taste, and don't forget to add the cinnamon stick as a garnish; it not only looks pretty but it elevates the taste and fragrance. For a hardier cider you can add a shot of rum and some brown sugar.

Hawaj eggnog is something that sounds different but it really doesn't vary from the familiar eggnog beverage that is served during the holiday season. Eggnog is made from egg yolks, milk, heavy cream, egg whites, sugar and grated nutmeg. A shot of bourbon or brandy is usually added if you prefer the alcoholic version. But, for eggnog with a twist, try adding our Hawaj for Coffee blend which is made of ginger, cinnamon, clove and cardamom. You can heat up the eggnog in a saucepan and then add the hawaj blend. You can drink it hot or cold. Either way, you will surely love this unique tasting eggnog.

Well close out our 5 holiday cheer beverages with the fifth recommendation of Spiced Hot Cocoa guaranteed to raise your body temperature from head to toe on those cold wintry nights. It comes as no surprise that hot cocoa is everyone's favorite from tiny tots to the elderly, especially during the holiday season. But this cocoa recipe adds a little twist of cayenne chili to spice things up.Just follow this simple recipe Spicy Hot Cocoa.

From our Whole Spice heart to yours, we wish you a peaceful and joyful Christmas!