Fancy and fun drinks are some of the best parts of the holiday season. From eggnog at Christmas to champagne on New Year's Eve, specialty drinks help us celebrate. Kids (and designated drivers) shouldn't miss out on enjoying these festive beverages!

Mix up some cheer with delectable non-alcoholic drinks that will have everyone smiling, and serve up the goodness with some delicious modified recipes from some yummy food sites:

1. Snowflake Cocoa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream
  • Candy canes
  • 2 t sugar

Method

Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted.

Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes, as desired.

2. Christmas Mint Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 10 oz mint jelly
  • 3 cups pineapple juice, chilled
  • ½ cup lime or lemon juice
  • 64 oz Sprite
  • 1 quart lime or rainbow-flavored sherbet

Method

In small saucepan, combine water and mint jelly. Cook and stir until jelly melts. Cool.

In large punch bowl, combine jelly mix and juices.

Just before serving, add Sprite and lime sherbet.

3. Children's Cranberry "Champagne"

Ingredients

  • 2 well-chilled 750-ml. bottles of non-alcoholic sparkling cider
  • 1 cup sweetened cranberry juice
  • cranberries
  • 1-2 T orange juice

Method

Combine cider and juice. Pour, garnish with cranberries. Clink glasses.

4. Elf Warmer

Ingredients

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • 3 sticks butter
  • 16 oz brown sugar
  • nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice to taste

Method

Mix all ingredients together and store in freezer. At serving time, put 1 heaping scoop into a mug, add hot water (to taste) and heat.

5. Sleigh Driver

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 2-inch piece fresh or ginger, peeled and sliced (or about 1/2 t ground ginger)
  • 3 pears, chopped into bite-size pieces, divided
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 lemon, halved and sliced
  • 1 T ground allspice
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup orange juice (optional)

Method

Combine water, sugar, ginger and 1 pear in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Strain out the solids and return the mixture to the pan.

Add the remaining pears, cider, lemon, orange juice, and allspice and heat over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 15 minutes.

Add cranberries and vanilla and reduce the heat to medium-low (the liquid should be simmering, not boiling). Let simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve in heat-safe mugs.