Part of the fun of going out with the family for a holiday stroll, sledding, or a snowball fight, is coming back in to a warm house for a little treat.
Over the holidays, I like to set up a drink station in the morning and afternoon so family and friends can fix themselves a nice warm mug of cocoa, coffee, mocha or tea.
You can have a lot of fun setting up all treats. I put out giant marshmallows for the hot cocoa, and made chocolate spoons to stir into hot cocoa or coffee to make it a mocha.
To set up the station, I use some trays and bowls. A thermal carafe is great for keeping drinks hot and I love an electric percolator for a crowd.
I try to put out herbal and black tea and a variety of sweeteners to meet everyone’s preferences.
What you need
- 8-10 spoons, I like to use compostable bamboo spoons
- 1 piece of waxed paper or parchment paper 8×13 or so
- 1 bar of dark chocolate
- 1 bar of white chocolate
- 1 TBSP of egg nog or cream
- optional: orange zest, crushed mint candies, mallow bits marshmallows
- In a microwave safe mug, break up the chocolate bar into small segments. Keep one small square aside.
- Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, mixing the chocolate every 30 seconds until melted.
- Add the last piece of chocolate to the bug and mix until silky, shiny and melted.
- Do the same with the white chocolate. This tends to be thicker and my need up to 1 TBSP of cream or egg nog to make it smooth.
- Dip the spoon in the chocolate and let the excess drip off. If you want the spoons extra chocolatey, let the spoon hold more chocolate and lay it carefully flat.
- Sprinkle with orange zest or crushed mints. Drizzle with white chocolate using a fork. Or, leave the spoons covered in pure dark or white chocolate.
Here are some items that you can get from Wayfair to help with your hot beverage bar:
- compostable spoons
- fabric napkins
- a placemat for the mugs
- a thermal carafe
- a tray for toppings & sugars
- a glass cookie jar for giant marshmallows or holiday cookies
- holiday candles and little details like an evergreen snowflake