Beverages

Starbucks Candy Cane Cold CupWhat would the holiday season be without some new Starbucks drinkware? Traditionally, holidays means the hot beverage Red Mug. We’ve covered Holiday-themed Starbucks Mugs in the past. This year, Starbucks takes the heat out of the equation by offering a Cold Cup!

The Starbucks Candy Cane Cold Cup Tumbler (Venti shown – $14.95, also available in Grande) is a must have for the Starbucks enthusiast. For the times that you just don’t want a hot beverage, this double-walled cup keeps your drink cold and your hand warm while the signature candy cane straw keeps you in the holiday spirit. An optional dome lid allows you to top it off with whipped cream.

Want a gift set that includes extra straws and the dome lid? Just like the straws? Those and more are also available on the Starbucks Seasonal Gifts page.

Starbucks Red Holiday To-Go MugNo holiday season officially begins until Starbucks unveils their red paper cups in stores. At the same time, they also release their limited edition Red Holiday To-Go Mug. The Red Holiday To-Go Mug is a ceramic version of the holiday-themed paper cups that come around for the winter season. Personally owning one of these I can officially say that they are a great holiday gift for the Starbucks enthusiast in your family. The Red Holiday To-Go Mug is available online or at your local Starbucks Coffee Shop.

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Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig AleAll I want for Christmas is a six-pack of Samuel Adams Old Fezziwig Ale. Unfortunately no matter how good I am Santa wont be able to fulfill my wish. You see Old Fezziwig Ale is only available in the Winter Classics Pack, and only two festive little bottle are included in each box. Can I get a “Bah, Humbug!” from the crowd? This means that I would have to ask Santa to bring me three twelve-packs of beer and honestly I think that would border on serious alcoholism no matter how you spin it.

So I’ll horde those two little Dickensian bottles of spicy holiday ale to enjoy on Christmas while I’m roasting a turkey and chasing wrapping-paper-eating kittens around, and perhaps some day the marketing team at Samuel Adams will release Old Fezziwig Ale from its Winter Classics Pack prison.

Diet Coke ornamentI’m not a fan (sacrilege, I know), but to those who love it, Diet Coke is as addictive as crack. This Christmas, Diet Coke fans can bring effervescent joy to their world with a quirky holiday ornament that pays homage to their favorite artificially sweetened elixir. Crafted of glass and featuring an eye-catching glaze and sparkly glitter accents, the Diet Coke ornament is 4” of Diet Coke-aholic tree-trimming awesomeness. For those who feel that a day without Diet Coke is like a day without sunshine, this décor’s for you. Commence holiday cheering in 3, 2, 1 …

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 Celestial Seasonings Holiday TeasWhen the weather outside is frightful, nothing soothes like a steaming cup of hot tea. This time of year, my mug is filled with flavors of the season like peppermint, orange, and my favorite, Gingerbread Spice Herb Tea. With a nostalgic medley of ginger, cinnamon and other all-natural ingredients, Gingerbread Spice Herb Tea tastes and smells just like its oven-baked namesake. But—naturally free of refined sugars and added sweeteners—this tasty tea won’t have you packing on the holiday pounds. Gingerbread Spice Herb Tea is also caffeine free, and does not contain artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, making it a festive treat you can indulge in at any time of day or night.

Other delicious, all-natural teas in the Celestial Seasonings holiday line include: Candy Cane Lane, Nutcracker Sweet, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, and Sugar Plum Spice. Need some instant holiday cheer? Just add water. Note: these teas can be difficult to find on your grocer’s shelf. To locate a flavor near you, be sure to use the store search on each tea’s product page, or you can order directly online.

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GUS Ginger Ale

One of the best contributions I’ve made to our foodie household was the day I first stumbled upon Grown Up Soda at our local Whole Foods. Since then a few bottles have been a mainstay in our refrigerator.

Grown Up Soda, or “Gus” for short, is a beverage for those looking for a taste that isn’t as sweet as conventional sodas, but have more flavor than seltzer waters. Gus beverages are also 100% natural, each lightly sweetened with natural cane sugar. While this means there’s no explicit diet option, it also means they’re less calorie laden than their traditional counterparts, weighing in at 90-98 calories per serving.

Gus comes in a wide range of flavors, including Dry Cola, Dry Cranberry Lime, Dry Valencia Orange, and our personal favorite, Extra Dry Ginger Ale. They can be enjoyed on their own right out of the bottle, or in a more “grown up” manner as part of one of the featured cocktail recipes found on their site.

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