Take your hot chocolate to the next level by supplying guests with gourmet ingredients aimed at spicing up this yuletide favorite. Colored, handmade marshmallows are a brunch favorite, as are holiday-colored sprinkles.
The Stoney Creek Tavern at Mountain Lake Lodge in Giles County, Virginia serves up a hot chocolate made with peppermint-infused vodka and topped with an old fashioned peppermint ribbon candy and sprinkles for maximum nostalgic holiday spirit.
This winter through Dec. 26 Atlanta's Biltong Bar at Ponce City Market features a holiday pop-up, the Blitzen Room. At this special seasonal experience, guests can enjoy vintage Christmas decor and holiday cocktails like a Frozen Egg Nog and a Chartreuse Hot Chocolate (pictured here).
The name says it all at this stylish Atlanta restaurant in top toque Ford Fry's foodie empire King + Duke. The $12 Boozy combines whole ground cocoa and wild raspberry brandy. A white chocolate version is made with the same wild raspberry brandy, ground Belgian white chocolate and a dehydrated raspberry powder garnish.
During the winter, offer guests an alternate sundae station by creating a hot chocolate bar. Set out toppings like whipped cream, chocolate chips and peppermints, so they can create the ultimate holiday treat.
Pair your custom straw name tags with a hot-chocolate alternative that's safe for the littlest partygoers. Instead of a hot drink, serve cold chocolate milk topped with whipped cream and red sprinkles. Keep an extra pitcher nearby to avoid having to make a fresh batch mid-party.
Although scones are popular year-round, cranberry-orange scones drizzled in white chocolate are an excellent fit for the holidays, especially Christmas. For a savory alternative, try a scone mixed with onions, bacon and cheddar cheese.