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!
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").
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.
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.
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.
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’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!
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.
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.
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.