Christmas Beverage Pitchers

by candy47

Pretty pitchers to hold beverages for a Christmas gathering will complement any table décor.

There are a few beverages associated mostly with Christmas and the holiday season. I think eggnog is probably at the top of the list for Christmas and it can be served alcoholic or non-alcoholic. What's better than a cup of hot cocoa while sitting at the dinner table looking outside at the snow. One of my favorite wintertime beverages is Sangria. They all seem to taste better when served from a festive Christmas pitcher.

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There are three basic ingredients in traditional eggnog:

  • Cream
  • Sugar
  • Raw eggs

I'm not a fan of eating or drinking raw eggs so, in my opinion, the eggs should be cooked. The video below shows a recipe for homemade eggnog with cooked eggs. Here is another of my's too much work! My school of thought is to buy ready-made eggnog then spruce it up to your own personal taste and no one will know it's store bought. Rum, brandy, bourbon, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg are just a few of the many enhancements you can add to personalize your eggnog. Or, if you prefer to make your own, this video will walk you through it.

Serve with Pretty Pitchers

If it's the vintage look that appeals to you, this holly with berries pitcher might be just what you're looking for. A big bow ribbon and delicate carvings reminisce of yesteryear.


For a more whimsical style and one that would appeal to children too, a Santa Claus ceramic pitcher is sure to please the most discriminating guests.


This is how I make Sangria:

  • 3 cups red wine - I like Chianti
  • 1 Tblsp. sugar (optional)
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 peaches
  • Fresh mint

Peel the peaches and slice into thin wedges. Thinly slice oranges (with rind on). Add all ingredients into a clear glass pitcher and stir. It can be made ahead and refrigerated.

I recommend serving Sangria in a clear pitcher so the fruit is visible, it just looks pretty that way.

This is merely a basic Sangria recipe. Consider adding lime or lemon, grapes, pineapple, kiwi, cherries, mango or anything you can think of. There's no wrong way to make Sangria so just do what you like. If you decide to use a variety of fruits, try to keep the ratio so there's more wine than fruit.

Hot Cocoa

There is an endless supply of recipes for hot cocoa, everything from melting chocolate bars to packets of dehydrated chocolate. My search for the best, and easiest, resulted in this video from Allrecipes. It's easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available in any grocery store.

 When serving hot beverages, be sure the pitcher is safe for hot liquid.

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Updated: 08/26/2016, candy47
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candy47 on 06/06/2017

Most people like pineapple. I prefer mango. How about you?

DerdriuMarriner on 06/06/2017

candy47, Delicious recipes, such as your suggestions for eggnog and Sangria, deserve eye-catching packaging, such as the tree glass and the holly with berries pitchers! Which of cherry, grape, kiwi, lemon, lime, mango, pineapple additions to your basic recipe do you find family and friends most like?

candy47 on 06/19/2016

Yes, and they're useful too!

blackspanielgallery on 06/18/2016

What an easy way to add a decorative touch.

candy47 on 12/03/2015

Thanks Claudia. Easy recipes are my favorite!

happynutritionist on 12/02/2015

Love the easy recipes as well as the festive pitchers!

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