Snow It Goes: Toasty beverages

Take a seat, Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s winter and that means goodbye to gourds and hello to holiday flavors. This is the time of year when peppermint mocha fans rejoice.

Take a seat, Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s winter and that means goodbye to gourds and hello to holiday flavors. This is the time of year when peppermint mocha fans rejoice.

Starbucks keeps its official holiday drink launches secret long enough, but this year’s lineup includes Peppermint Mocha, Chestnut Praline latte and Caramel Brulee latte.

Local coffee shops also get in the holiday spirit with offerings full of spice, chocolate and other seasonal inspirations.

Last year, Muggswigz (137 Walnut Ave. NE, downtown Canton and 5854 Fulton Dr. NW, Lake Cable) debuted the White Christmas, a white chocolate mocha with nutmeg. Carpe Diem (215 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton and inside Belden Village Mall) advertised holiday drinks made with gingerbread, eggnog and amaretto flavors.

Can’t wait for a holiday refreshment? Here’s how to make a traditional favorite at home.

Eggnog (modified from Food Network Magazine)

In a saucepan, heat one quart heavy cream and one quart milk with a little cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Separate a dozen eggs. Beat the 12 egg yolks with one cup of sugar. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan and whisk until thick. Beat the 12 egg whites until stiff peaks form, then beat in 1/3 a cup of sugar. Whisk the egg whites into the hot mixture. Chill. For an adult twist, add bourbon or rum before serving.