Christmas Cheer Around the World

Are you tired of traditional British tipples? Eager to feel extra festive? Take the leap this December and try the most-loved Christmas drinks from around the world. Simply follow the recipes below to sample the world’s finest festive beverages - all from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Germany

Germany

Feuerzangenbowle (literal translation “Fire-tongs bowl”) is a popular tipple among Germans in December. In this intensely festive drink, a chunk of sugarloaf is doused in red wine, soaked through with rum, then set on fire ("Feuer").

Italy

Italy

Brandy-based Bombardino is the drink at every Italian’s dinner table come December (if you’ve ever visited the Italian Alps, you’ll certainly know of this one!). Made by mixing equal parts advocaat and brandy, it is served piping hot with whipped cream. Add a splash of coffee, rum or whisky for extra taste.

Ireland

Ireland

The Irish certainly know how to indulge over the festive period. Made with whiskey, cream, milk, chocolate sauce and coffee, this festive cream liqueur tastes just like an Espresso Martini, only richer. Warming and indulgent, this splendidly sweet drink is best enjoyed next to a roaring fire.

Jamaica

Jamaica

Fragrant and oozing with Yuletide spirit, Sorrel Punch is Jamaica’s answer to mulled wine – however, this is with rum! Made with sorrel (dried hibiscus flowers), Christmas spices and citrus fruits, this aromatic drink will have you feeling instantly festive.

Lithuania

Lithuania

Lithuanians’ drink of choice during the festive season is Poppy Seed Milk. Poppy seeds are soaked in hot water overnight until a concentrated “milk” forms. Sugar or honey is added to complete this healthy Christmas drink.

Romania

Romania

Romania’s favourite Xmas drink, Țuică, is made from fermented plums, a little helping of sugar and heaps of brandy. If you are looking to get the party started, try this drink - it’s between 50 to 65 per cent proof!

Chile

Chile

Cola de Mono ("Monkey’s Tail") is Chile’s favourite Christmas drink. With similar ingredients to a White Russian, this drink mixes aguardiente, milk, sugar, coffee and cloves. This is definitely one for the latte lovers.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Coquito is Puerto Rico’s exotic take on eggnog, an American favourite. However, rather than adding egg, this cosy concoction combines milk, coconut cream, sweet spices, vanilla and rum. An alternative alcohol base for this Yuletide tipple is pitorro, a Puerto Rican distilled spirit. Garnish with some cinnamon sticks for extra festive flair.

Mexico

Mexico

Christmas in Mexico just wouldn’t be the same without Ponche Navideño. This South American favourite combines Tejocote (a type of hawthorn), guava, apples, pear hibiscus, sugar and rum. Sweet and warming, this is ideal for chilly December evenings.

Sweden

Sweden

Sweden loves to glug glögg during the winter months. This hot mulled wine comprises brandy, red wine and port, and is infused with sweet spices and fruits. Raisins and almonds are finally added to this sumptuously sweet tipple.

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