10 Kava Recipes for  the Holidays

10 Kava Recipes for the Holidays

December 15, 2023

estimated read time - 14 min

'Tis the season for cozy gatherings and good times with loved ones! As the holiday spirit fills the air and we all come together, it's the perfect time for a chat about an alternative to alcohol that can keep the good vibes going.

Enter kava, the unsung hero of festive gatherings. It's a traditional drink made from the kava plant's roots, and it's all about relaxation and tranquility. So, if you're looking to cut down on the alcohol or skip it altogether during these celebrations, kava's got your back.

Now, we know it might not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of holiday drinks, but trust me, kava can add a unique twist to your holiday festivities. It's like a magical elixir that lets you enjoy the social side of drinking without the booze.

So, why not spice up your favorite holiday concoctions with a dash of kava? It's a fantastic way to join in the merriment, raise a toast with your coworkers, share a laugh with friends, and bond with your cherished family members, all while keeping things alcohol-free.



Why Choose Kava?

The holidays, they can be a bit of a whirlwind, can't they? But here's the secret: kava can be your holiday season's best friend. 🎄

When things get a bit too crazy and the stress starts creeping in, kava's here to lend a hand. It's like a calming, anxiety-melting potion that helps you kick back and soak up the festive vibes with a big smile on your face.

Now, we'll be honest, kava has this unique earthy, slightly bitter flavor. Some might say it's an acquired taste, but that's what makes it unforgettable. You can get all creative with it by mixing in other flavors to craft these intriguing and one-of-a-kind holiday concoctions. Your guests will be in for a treat!

Plus, offering kava at your holiday shindig? It's a surefire way to spark some awesome conversations and infuse a sense of adventure into the festivities. Who knows, you might even create memories that everyone will be talking about until next year's get-together.

And, here's the icing on the cake – kava is all-natural and has some potential health perks up its sleeve. So, not only does it add an exciting twist to your holiday drinks, but it's also a healthier choice compared to some other holiday libations. Double win!


Kava Recipes for the Holidays

Alrighty, let's dive into some kava-inspired holiday recipes that'll have you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. 🎁

Now, if you've got yourself some instant kava powder, consider 3/4's the work already done! You can simply toss it into your drinks and get ready to enjoy. But if you're working with the traditional ground or micronized kava powder, there are a few steps you'll want to follow before you whip up your kava-infused concoctions. Here's the scoop:

Prepare the following:

  • 2-3 tablespoons of kava traditional grind powder

  • 8 ounces of room temperature water

  • 1 bowl to mix in (stainless steel kitchen bowls work great!)

  • 1 kava strainer bag

Process:

  1. Put the kava powder inside the kava strainer bag. Place the bag in a big bowl but don't let the kava fall out into the bowl.

  2. Then pour room temperature water directly into the bag with kava. It helps to hold the top open while doing this. Close the bag to secure the powder inside.

  3. Knead the kava with your hands like you're squishing a stress ball and later wringing it like you're getting the water out of a wet shirt. We recommend squeezing the material for at least 10-15 minutes. The liquid should have turned into a light or dark brown opaque color with a little oil residue on top.

  4. After kneading, squeeze it to release more liquid. Then repeat the process for a few minutes more.

  5. When done, pull the bag out of the bowl and chill.

Aside: We're using less water than normal so there's still liquid left to make a drink with. So this will be a much stronger brew than most people are used to before it gets diluted in the mocktail.


Hot Kava Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk (or a milk substitute like almond or coconut milk)

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder  

  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar (adjust to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the 2 cups of milk over medium heat. Be careful not to let it boil, but bring it to a gentle simmer. If you have a temperature gauge, under 140F is your target.

  2. Once the milk is heated, remove it from the heat source and add 2 scoops of instant kava powder to the milk. Stir it in thoroughly.

  3. Allow the kava powder to infuse into the hot milk for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally during this time.

  4. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of honey or sugar (adjust to your preferred sweetness), 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt (if desired). Stir until all the ingredients are well combined and the hot chocolate is smooth.

  5. Pour the hot kava chocolate into mugs. You can top it with whipped cream or marshmallows if you like.


Kava Eggnog

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over low-medium heat, but do not let it boil. Once heated, removed from heat.

  2. Add the 2 scoops instant kava powder and stir continuously until the powder is dissolved.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract together until well combined.

  4. Slowly pour the kava-infused milk into the egg mixture, whisking continuously to avoid curdling.

  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and heat it on low until it thickens slightly, stirring constantly.

  6. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

  7. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.


Kava Holiday Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder (per glass)

  • 1 cup of pineapple juice

  • 1 cup of cranberry juice

  • 1/2 cup of orange juice

  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup of honey or sweetener   (adjust to taste)

  • Orange slices and fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a pitcher, combine 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of cranberry juice, 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of honey or your preferred sweetener.

  2. Refrigerate the kava holiday punch for a couple of hours to cool it down.

  3. Pour the kava holiday punch into glasses filled with ice.

  4. Add 2 scoops of instant kava powder in each glass and stir until dissolved.
  5. Garnish with orange slices and fresh cranberries for a festive touch.


Sparkling Maple Cinnamon Kava

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder

  • 8 oz Ginger Ale

  • 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup (adjust to taste)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (adjust to taste)

  • Ice cubes (optional)

  • Citrus slices or cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Put 2 scoops of instant kava in 1oz of water water and stir vigorously to ensure that the kava powder is dissolved or turns into a muddy consistency.

  2. Then slowly pour in ginger ale (there may be foaming so pour slowly)
  3. Add 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and stir. Adjust the sweetness and spiciness to your liking. You can always add more maple syrup or cinnamon if desired.

  4. Kava is best served cold. Refrigerate your maple-cinnamon kava for a couple of hours or add ice cubes just before serving.

  5. Pour the maple-cinnamon kava into cups or bowls. You can garnish it with citrus slices or cinnamon sticks for an extra touch of flavor and aroma.


Minty Cranberry Kava

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops instant kava powder
  • 1/2 cup of cranberry juice
  • 1/4 cup of peppermint syrup (you can make this by combining 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar in a saucepan and heating until the sugar dissolves, then adding a few drops of peppermint extract)
  • Crushed ice
  • Fresh cranberries and mint leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a container, combine the cranberry juice, peppermint syrup and instant kava powder. Stir well to create the peppermint cranberry mixture.

  2. Fill a glass with crushed ice.

  3. Pour the peppermint cranberry mixture and garnish the mocktail with fresh cranberries and a sprig of mint.

  4. Optionally, you can add a festive stir stick or straw for guests to mix the flavors before enjoying.

  5. Serve your minty cranberry kava immediately.


Kava Spice Chai Latte

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops instant kava powder

  • 2 cups of milk (dairy or plant-based)

  • 4-6 chai tea bags or loose leaf tea

  • 1/4 cup of honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

  • Whipped cream and a cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a separate saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat, and steep the chai tea bags or loose tea until you achieve a strong chai flavor.

  2. Remove the tea bags or strain the loose tea leaves from the milk.

  3. Combine the chai-infused milk, honey or maple syrup, and the spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves) in a saucepan and heat gently while stirring until the mixture is hot but not boiling.

  4. Add the instant kava powder to the chai mixture and stir until well combined.

  5. Pour the kava spice chai latte into mugs and top with whipped cream.

  6. Garnish with a cinnamon stick for an extra festive touch.


Kava Raspberry Cream Mimosa

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder

  • 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries

  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream or coconut cream (for a dairy-free option)

  • 2 tablespoons of honey or sweetener (adjust to taste)

  • Fresh raspberries and mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

  • Sparkling water or club soda

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup of heavy cream (or coconut cream for a dairy-free option), 2 scoops of instant kava powder, and 2 tablespoons of honey or your preferred sweetener.

  2. Blend until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

  3. Fill a glass with ice cubes and slowly pour the mixture.

  4. Top off your mocktail with sparkling water or club soda for a refreshing fizz. Adjust the amount to your preferred level of effervescence.

  5. Garnish your Kava Raspberry Cream Mimosa Mocktail with fresh raspberries and mint sprigs for an attractive and inviting presentation.


Kava Coquito

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder

  • 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 can (13.5 ounces) of coconut milk

  • 1 can (12 ounces) of evaporated milk

  • 1/2 cup of cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez)

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • Cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, or grated nutmeg for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, put the sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, evaporated milk, cream of coconut, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, instant kava powder and vanilla extract.

  2. Blend until all the ingredients are well combined.

  3. Transfer the Coquito mixture to a large container or bottle and refrigerate for a few hours to chill it thoroughly. Chilling allows the flavors to meld.

  4. Pour the Kava Coquito into small glasses or cups.

  5. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, or a pinch of grated nutmeg (optional).


Pumpkin Spice Kava

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder

  • 2 cups of whole milk (or milk substitute like coconut milk)

  • 2 black tea bags or 2 teaspoons of loose black tea

  • 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree

  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar or sweetener (adjust to taste)

  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves)

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom

  • A pinch of ground cloves

  • Whipped cream (optional, for garnish)

  • Ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks (optional, for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. In a separate saucepan, heat 2 cups of milk until it's hot but not boiling.

  2. Add the black tea bags or loose tea to the hot milk, turn off the heat, and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags or strain out the loose tea leaves.

  3. In a blender, combine the chai tea, 1/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup of brown sugar (adjust to your preferred sweetness), 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom, and a pinch of ground cloves.

  4. Add the instant kava powder. Blend until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.

  5. Transfer the blended mixture to a saucepan and gently warm it over low heat, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to boil it.

  6. Pour the Pumpkin Spice Kava Chai into mugs or cups.

  7. Optionally, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or add a cinnamon stick for garnish.


Holiday Kavarita Mocktail

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of instant kava powder

  • 1 cup of cold water

  • 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice

  • 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey (adjust to taste)

  • Lime or lemon slices for garnish

  • Coarse salt for rimming the glass (optional)

  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Combine 1/4 cup of fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice, 2 scoops of instant kava powder, and 2 tablespoons of agave syrup or honey. Adjust the sweetness to your taste by adding more agave syrup or honey if desired.
  2. If you'd like to rim your glass with salt, place some coarse salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of your glass with a lime wedge to moisten it, then dip the rim into the salt to coat it.

  3. Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour the mixture.

  4. Garnish your Holiday Kavarita Mocktail with lime wedges for a classic touch.

  5. Give it a gentle stir just before drinking to mix the flavors, and enjoy the festive combination of kava and citrus in this mocktail.

And there you have it, your very own Holiday Kavarita Mocktail! So kick back, relax, and enjoy this delightful blend of kava and citrus. pour a little ginger ale on top for a sparkling treat!


Safe and Responsible Consumption

Safety first when it comes to enjoying kava during the holidays. Let's go over some key tips to ensure your kava experience is both enjoyable and responsible:

  1. Choose Quality Kava: Start on the right foot by getting your kava from trustworthy sources that offer high-quality, noble kava varieties. Steer clear of tudei kava, as it can have unwanted effects. The quality of your kava matters and can influence your overall experience.
  2. Moderation is Key: When it comes to kava, less is often more. Begin with a small serving, see how it sits with your body, and then decide whether you want more. Sticking to the World Health Organization's recommended limit of 250mg of kavalactones per day is a good rule of thumb.
  3. Know Your Tolerance: Remember, kava's impact can vary from person to person. It's all about factors like your body weight, tolerance, and how sensitive you are to it.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Kava can have a bit of a diuretic effect, so make sure to keep yourself hydrated. Have some water and electrolytes on hand while enjoying your kava.
  5. Avoid Mixing Substances: Please, don't mix kava with alcohol. This combo can really crank up the effects and may not lead to the best outcome.
  6. Respect the Law: Always be aware of the legal status of kava in your area. While it's generally legal in the US, specific states might have their own rules. Check with your local government or our blog for the lowdown.
  7. Pregnancy and Medications: If you're pregnant, nursing, or taking medications, chat with a healthcare pro before diving into kava, as it might not be the best choice in these situations.
  8. Designated Driver: Kava can have muscle-relaxing and sedating properties, so it's not ideal for driving. If you're heading to a kava gathering and plan to indulge, arrange for a designated driver or an alternative way home.
  9. Time and Place: Enjoy your kava in a comfy and secure environment. Steer clear of heavy machinery and activities that need your full attention immediately after your kava sesh.
  10. Listen to Your Body: Your body knows best. If you start feeling any unwanted effects, stop consuming kava and, if needed, reach out to a healthcare pro. 
  11. Responsible Hosting: If you're hosting a kava get-together, think about your guests' comfort levels and preferences. Offer non-alcoholic options for those who'd rather skip the kava.
  12. Educate Your Guests: If your pals are new to kava, take a moment to fill them in on what to expect and encourage them to enjoy it responsibly.

And, hey, it's always a good idea to have a bit extra prepared just in case, so everyone can have a jolly old time. Plus, check in with your guests about their kava plans so you can plan accordingly. 🌟🍹🎉


Conclusion

'Tis the season for joy, togetherness, and creating unforgettable memories, isn't it? And guess what, kava is here to help you make this holiday season even more extraordinary, all while keeping it alcohol-free!

As you dive into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, kava's calming and soothing properties are like a cozy hug, a breather amidst the chaos. Plus, that earthy flavor it brings to your drinks? It's like a holiday adventure for your taste buds, making every sip a unique and memorable experience.

But here's the best part – kava isn't just fun; it's also a natural, plant-based beverage with potential health perks, making it a wise choice in the sea of traditional holiday libations. Whether you're a fan of Chocolate Kava, Kava Eggnog, Kava Holiday Punch, or Maple Cinnamon Kava, there's a kava recipe to match your taste and every merry occasion during this festive season.

However, remember the golden rule: with great kava comes great responsibility. Always pick top-notch kava from trusted sources, start with a gentle touch, learn your own kava vibe, and keep those fluids coming to stay hydrated. Kava and alcohol? Nope, they don't mix well, so steer clear of that combo. And don't forget to play by the rules – be aware of kava's status in your area.

If you've got unique medical conditions or you're taking medications, it's never a bad idea to chat with a healthcare pro before you dive into the kava scene.

As a gracious host or hostess, your role is vital too. Educate your guests about kava, give them non-alcoholic alternatives, and ensure everyone's enjoying the holiday cheer in a safe and sound way.

With these tips in your back pocket, you can raise your kava-filled glass and toast to a holiday season that's both fantastic and responsible. Cheers to warm hearts, unforgettable moments, and the soothing embrace of kava! 🌟🍹🎉




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