‘Fun’ fact about me: I’m scared of electric blankets. Well, not so much scared of the blankets themselves, but of the possibility, especially overnight, of them catching fire. I realize that oodles of people use them every day with no issues, but I’ve never been able to let the soothing warmth cancel out my fire hazard fears. After all, I’m the girl who turned around and drove home after arriving at workÂ more than once because I couldn’t remember if I turned my makeup mirror off.
Those light get hot!
What I’m not scared of is today’s drink. Cranberry hot cocoa? Totally down for that!
The Electric Blanket
Source: Manny Hinojosa
- â€¢ 1 oz. Cognac or Brandy
- â€¢ 1 1/2 oz. The Perfect PurÃ©e Cranberry Puree, thawed
- â€¢ 5 oz. hot cocoa
- â€¢ 1/8 oz. vanilla extract
- â€¢ Whipped cream
- â€¢ Dash of cinnamon sugar
- â€¢ Orange peel (for garnish)
In a coffee mug combine hot cocoa, cranberry puree, Cognac and vanilla extract. Stir and top with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar. Garnish with orange twist.
Sounds good, right? Remember, just because we’ve gotten past Christmas doesn’t mean things are getting warmer anytime soon. Keep this recipe handy.
***This recipe was submitted by a representative of The Perfect Puree. I am not affiliated with the company nor was I compensated for this post, not even with review samples. As always, we encourage responsible refreshment and the use of the Designated Driver. No drunken monkeys, please!***
I debated including this one, but decided to after all. First, because I didn’t have a true eggnog (I keep typing eggnot, which is probably telling) and, perhaps, still don’t. Second, because it’s good to let the non-dairy milks have a chance. Third, if you’re feeling a little overdone from the rest of this month’s cocktail suggestions, this might create a tiny oasis of dubious healthfulness.
Today’s recipe also contains absolutely no alcohol, so if you wanted this to be your breakfast for a last round of Christmas shopping, it’s a much better option than the high-octane options previously presented!
Image via USANA Health Sciences
(serves oneâ€¦two if you feel like sharing, but you wonâ€™t)
- 1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk
- 3 tablespoons French Vanilla Nutrimeal
- 1 tablespoon 100 percent pure maple syrup
- Â½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Â½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Â½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup ice
Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately. And enjoy staying healthy this season!
The meal replacement shake ingredient provides protein and fiber, and I would imagine your preferred version of it would be fine. (Nutrimeal, for what it’s worth, has several High-FODMAP ingredients so I won’t be giving it a try.) Leaving it out is a possibility, but probably would make the smoothie feel a bit thin.
***This recipe was submitted by a representative of USANA Health Sciences. I am not affiliated with the company nor was I compensated for this post, not even with review samples. As always, we encourage responsible refreshment and the use of the Designated Driver. No drunken monkeys, please!***