Skip Sick Days This Holiday Season With These Dairy-Based Drinks 

chai coffee

Don’t let sickness slow you down. Dairy-based drinks with real cow’s milk can fuel your immune system this holiday season. With thirteen essential nutrients in each glass, milk is a delicious, simple, and wholesome way to add more wellness to your routine. And with its comforting taste and creamy texture, milk means you and your entire family can drink to your health without skimping on the holiday spirit. 

Here are the tasty drinks you’ll want this holiday season to help you stay festive and well. 

Southeast Dairy Association - mulled hot chocolate

A very Christmas-y drink includes “mulled” in the name. Did you know that “mulled” refers to spices and fruits added to drinks? Mulled spices are a combination of cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, peppercorn, and cardamom that are heated with raisins, apples, or citrus rinds. Combining mulled spices with classic hot chocolate creates a hot mug everyone will happily curl up with around the Christmas tree. 

Southeast Dairy Association - South Carolina Spicy Milk Sipper Cranberry Orange Spice Cooler

And while we dream of a white Christmas, Christmas in the South sometimes feels like the middle of July. Don’t let those random heat waves interfere with the holiday mood. This Cranberry-Orange Spice Cooler brings cranberry, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors together, served over vanilla ice cream for a cooling creamy drink. 

gingerbread latte

For the grown-ups that need caffeine for holiday cheer, try this latte with homemade gingerbread syrup or this Christmas-in-a-cup chai latte made with coffee. Both options include milk and its key nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, and protein that support a healthy immune system. 

And for those family members who are lactose intolerant, there are many lactose-free milk options on the market that can be used in these recipes. Don’t miss tasty dairy-based drinks this holiday season because of lactose sensitivity. Lactose-free milk is real milk with all the same immune-boosting nutrients, just without the lactose.  

This Christmas season, don’t forget to serve up festive milk sips for your health. Check out our recipe page for more drinks you can make at home Christmas Day and every day.