Tis the season to be jolly! Which means celebrating with friends and family and occasionally indulging in a few Christmas cocktails! Move over eggnog, here is our favourite hot holiday drinks to make you the host with the most at any Christmas get together this holiday season and keep your guests bellies warm!

Hot-Buttered Rum – Mix together ½ stick butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves and one pinch of salt.  Refrigerate until firm. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture into individual cups. Pour 1 shot of dark rum into each cup. Top with boiling water, stir and serve.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Makes 4-6 servings.

Hot Apple Cider – Heat 4 cups fresh apple cider, 2 cinnamon sticks, 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 2 cloves and 1 orange, sliced, over medium heat.  Strain into a pitcher and garnish with cinnamon sticks. Serve warm.

Mulled Wine – Boil together 2½ cups apple cider, 1 bottle Cabernet Sauvignon, ¼ cup honey, 2 cinnamon sticks, the zest and juice of 1 orange, 3 cloves and 1 star anise for 10 minutes.  Pour into individual cups and garnish with orange peels. Makes 4-6 servings.