Here are a few of my favorite recipes for the holidays that I thought you might enjoy or try at your next holiday party.

1. Hot Buttered Rum Mix 4 tablespoons softened butter with 1/2 teaspoon each vanilla, cinnamon and allspice and a pinch of nutmeg. Heat 1/2 cup pineapple juice in a mug; stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1-ounce rum. Top with a pat of the spiced butter.

2. Spanish Hot Chocolate Gently heat 3 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate with 1/4 cup water in a saucepan, stirring until melted. Gradually stir in 3/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons sugar; heat through. Top with whipped cream.

3. Mexican Hot Chocolate Heat 1 disk (about 3 ounces) chopped Mexican chocolate in a saucepan with 1/4 cup water until melted. Gradually add 3/4
cup milk, whisking until frothy. Add 1 1/2 ounces chocolate liqueur, if desired. Sprinkle with chili powder.

4. Candy Cane Cocktail 1 shot vanilla rum a shot of white chocolate liqueur, a shot of peppermint schnapps and garnish with a candy cane.