The holiday season is one thing that many people look forward to, especially the Christmas holidays.
Besides being able to gather with relatives, Christmas is a great time to share the love.
Well, one way is to serve Christmas drinks, and here are some of them.
21. Sorrel Punch
One of the Christmas cocktails that also originates from the Central American region is the Sorrel Punch. This Jamaican drink is made from the rosella plant, known as the “hibiscus flower.” The red sorrel Punch makes it attractive.
There are many ways to enjoy Sorrel Punch, but most of them are made during the holiday season. The ingredients used are hibiscus, water, cane sugar, fresh ginger, and Jamaican Rum. A similar recipe in Trinidad and Tobago uses cloves and cinnamon.
Rosella in Jamika is considered to heal many things. It starts from high blood pressure, colds, coughs, or getting drunk, although there is also a version of Sorrel Punch that is made intoxicating. Moreover, hibiscus flowers are proven to contain high vitamin C.
Sorrel Punch has a fairly tangy sour taste. The drink is likely a colonial legacy in Jamaica and the Caribbean due to the many similar punch drinks in the region. One of his strongest relationships is with the British punch.
Since Rosellas are planted in Jamaica in August, they will be ready for picking by Christmas. To make it relatively simple, the ingredients are mixed and boiled together with spices and then served with rum and sugar.
Coquito is a variant of the Christmas Eggnog originating from Puerto Rico. One of the highlights of this drink is that the main ingredient is made of coconut milk. So, it makes this drink taste sweet and creamy. Coquito is similar to Eggnog but with tropical elements.
Coquito’s coconut milk is made to replace eggs, while other ingredients such as rum are the same as Eggnog. Other ingredients used are milk, spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, cloves, and sugar can be added.
To make it fairly simple, first, prepare the ingredients, then mix everything in a blender. After everything is mixed, then pour it into a glass or bottle container. Store in the refrigerator, and Coquito is better enjoyed when cold.
There is a lot of history about Coquito; basically, it is like a similar variant throughout the Caribbean. Some say that Coquito was originally brought to the Caribbean by the Spaniards during colonial times in Puerto Rico, the local version of the Eggnog.
There are currently many versions of Coquito, and they can vary depending on family traditions. Although basically all of them use Puerto Rican rum. There is even a packaged version sold in stores and competition, namely the Coquito Masters.
19. Poppy Seed Milk
Poppy Seed Milk (Aguonu Pienas) is a traditional Christmas drink from Lithuania in the 12-course Christmas Eve Supper Kūčios.
This drink is also an ingredient in Kutya, food served at Christmas Eve party in Russia.
To make Poppy Seed Milk, you need one or two glasses of “poppy seed.” Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for about a day until the seeds become soft. Then the ‘poppy seed’ is crushed in a food processor or a mortar.
The crushing process is carried out until a white liquid comes out. After that, then add cold water or cool boiled water. Then the ‘poppy seed’ is filtered. The process is carried out several times to get a good Poppy Seed Milk concentrate.
Poppy Seed Milk is then diluted with cold water to an appropriate amount. Finally, give it a sweet taste with added sugar or honey to Poppy Seed Milk. Traditionally, this drink is often served during the Christmas holidays.
However, nowadays, Poppy Seed Milk is sometimes used as a bedtime drink and a substitute for milk. Poppy Seed Milk has a soft taste, with spicy and sweet and savory flavors in it. Also, Poppy Seed Milk is lactose-free.
18. Chai Latte
Chai Latte or Masala Chai is a tea drink made from black tea in milk and water with a mixture of herbs and spices.
This drink originating from India has gained worldwide popularity, including in the packaged version.
Although Chai Latte is basically a tea drink mixed with milk, there are many recipes and methods of making it. In general, Masala Chai or Chai Latte has five basic components, and those are water, tea leaves, milk, sugar, and selected spices.
The western Masala Chai variant has a lighter and sweeter taste than the traditional Indian version, which tastes more herbal and spicy. Common spices used include cinnamon, star anise, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and others.
Most Chai Lattes in western countries are consumed from commercial chai concentrates. One of the earliest is the Chattilon Chai, which originated in the Basque region in the 18th century. Nowadays, many shops sell Chai Latte in the form of dip filled with spices.
Chai Latte can be said to be a tea drink that is synonymous with Christmas. Even one of the well-known international beverage businesses, Starbucks, makes a special Christmas menu, namely Gingerbread Chai Latte. Also, this hot tea drink is easy to make.
The next Christmas drink is Sangria, which comes from Spain and Portugal. Sangria is only produced in these two Iberian Peninsula countries. As a Christmas drink, Sangria is usually made as a punch, along with red wine, fruit, and spirits.
In Spanish and Portuguese, Sangria means “bloodshed.” The term drink can be traced back to the 18th century. Sangria’s predecessor most likely comes from a Caribbean drink usually served cold or hot, called Sangaree.
Sangria recipes vary widely even within the country of origin. But the basic ingredients used are always red wine and sweetened using fruit flavors, sugar, or orange juice. Sangria is also sometimes added with spirit to increase the alcohol content.
Traditionally the fruits used can be local fruits such as peaches, nectarines, berries, apples, pears, or global fruits such as pineapples and limes. Another version of Sangria is Sangria Blanca, which is made using white grapes.
There is also Reál Sangria, which is made mostly from Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes. Meanwhile, the non-alcoholic version often served to children is the Ponche de Sangria. Made from oranges, peaches, and other sweet fruits mixed with grapes and berries.
16. Irish Cream
Irish Cream is a type of Irish liquor that is popular at Christmas. One of the most famous brands is Baileys.
Even Baileys also launched an Irish Cream Christmas Edition product. The taste of chocolate milk is mixed with nuts and has the aroma of coffee.
Apart from the Irish Cream produced by Baileys, including Baileys The Original Irish Cream is thick with 17% alcohol content, there are also several other brands. Like Aldi Specially Selected Irish Cream, it has a vanilla and oak whiskey aroma with a strong taste.
Besides the Irish Cream produced by Baileys, including Baileys. The Original Irish Cream is thick with 17% alcohol content. There are also several other brands like Aldi, Specially Selected Irish Cream, which has a vanilla aroma, and Oak Whiskey with a strong taste.
Then there is Tesco, the Finest Irish Cream Liqueur, which has a weighty texture and a strong taste with hazelnuts. Irish Cream also contains 17% alcohol. Next up is Sainsbury’s Irish Cream Liqueur, which has a soft and strong taste.
Meanwhile, various types of Irish Cream with lower alcohol content are also available. Most have a milky aroma in them. Examples are Lidl, Dundalgan Irish Country Cream, which tastes sweet with caramel and butterscotch.
Also, there is Irish Cream with a special taste. For example, like Tesco, Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur has a salty, strong, and sweet taste. There is also Marks & Spencer Sherry Trifle Cream, which is dark in color and tastes very sweet.
15. Hot Apple Cider
When summer ends, and the leaves start to fall, that’s a sign that winter is coming. Winter, which is identic with the Christmas holidays, is the perfect time to make hot drinks. One of the right choices is the Hot Apple Cider.
Hot Apple Cider is also easy to make and tastes great. Hot Apple Cider is a hot non-alcoholic or sometimes alcoholic beverage made with apple juice. Also, Hot Apple Cider is added with herbs and spices.
Some of them are like cloves, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, or orange peel. The sweet taste can be added from brown sugar or white sugar. Another alternative to making Hot Apple Cider apart from using apple juice is using pure maple syrup.
In fact, Hot Apple Cider also has a myriad of health benefits for the body. Such as reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes attacks, and some types of cancer. But the most important thing is that apple cider is a good source of antioxidants.
After boiling the apple cider and spices, it is quite easy to filter it and pour it into a large cup or large mug. After that, to make it interesting, give it a garnish of orange slices, apple slices, or cinnamon sticks, don’t forget to serve warm.
14. Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate or also known as “drinking chocolate” and “cocoa,” is a hot drink made from shaved chocolate, melted chocolate, or cocoa powder, milk, and hot water.
Hot Chocolate is usually topped with whipped cream or sometimes marshmallows.
Hot Chocolate made with melted chocolate is often called “drinking chocolate,” characterized by a less sweet and thicker taste. The drink is believed to have originated around 2,500 – 3,000 years ago from the Mayan civilization and the Aztecs.
This drink became famous in Europe and worldwide after being introduced from Mexico to the New World in the Age of Exploration. Until the 10th century, Hot Chocolate was even used as a medicine to cure diseases such as liver and stomach ailments.
Currently, Hot Chocolate has a variety of regional variations, such as chocolate para mesa or “spicy” in Latin America, cioccolata calda or “very thick” in Italy, and chocolate a la taza in Spain, and hot cocoa, which has a thinner consistency than in the United States.
As the name implies, Hot Chocolate is a warm, relaxing drink. So it’s no wonder that this drink is trendy during cold weather, especially during winter in the northern hemisphere. As a result, Hot Chocolate fits into a Christmas drink.
13. Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry is a traditional Christmas cocktail in the United States created by British journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s.
Tom and Jerry is an Eggnog variant made from brandy and rum served hot in a mug or bowl.
The drink’s name comes from the book Egan, “Life in London or The Day and Night Scenes of Jerry Hawthorn Esq. and his Elegant Friend Corinthian Tom” in 1821. Also, there was a stage play in 1821, “Tom and Jerry, or Life in London.”
Egan introduced the Eggnog variation with the addition of ½ ounce of brandy liquid, which was later called “Tom and Jerry.” Tom and Jerry’s name has also been popular with the cat cartoon Tom and the mouse Jerry, which is probably a word game from this drink.
The drink is also present in many works of popular culture art. Besides, Tom and Jerry is the favorite drink of the 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding. These cocktails are served at the annual Christmas party with their closest friends.
To make the common recipe is easy enough, separate the whites and yolks and beat the egg whites until stiff. Mix egg yolks with powdered sugar and put in a cup, mix with brandy and rum, add with hot milk, then it’s ready to serve.
12. Crema de Vie
Besides the British and American versions of the Eggnog, famous for being a Christmas drink, there is also a Cuban Eggnog version called Crema de vie.
This cocktail drink is most common around Christmas and New Year in Cuba and is served after dinner.
At first glance, the Crema de vie is an Eggnog that is drunk either in a shot glass or a small stemmed glass. Literally, Crema de vie can be translated as ‘living water.’ Crema comes from Spanish, and Cie from French.
This drink probably arose from the Spanish colonies, who added Cuban rum to their local “nog.” So that Crema de vie is also similar to Eggnog in the other Caribbean, Cremasse in Haiti, Coquito in Puerto Rico, and Rompope in Mexico.
Although actually each of these drinks is slightly different, they are basically all made from the same basic ingredients. The main ingredients used are eggs, milk, alcoholic beverages, and sugar. The alcohol used in Crema de vie is rum.
Therefore, any kind of rum can be used in the Crema de vie, either white or dark. The Crema de vie recipe can also be made into a Virgin cocktail, the non-alcohol version. The crema de vie tastes better after a few days of making with a little foam.
Colemono or Cola de mono is a traditional Chilean drink that is often served at Christmas.
There are many drink versions, but they are generally made from milk, aguardiente, sugar, coffee, and cloves. There is also a Virgin version, Colemono without alcohol.
There are several theories regarding the naming of Colemono. Initially, the drink was bottled with a label that came from the Anís del Mono company. One of the most widely accepted theories relates to president Pedro Montt and is nicknamed El Mono Montt.
During the night party, El Mono Montt or Monkey Montt gets ready to ask for a colt revolver of his. But he is convinced to stay and get on with the party. After all, the wine is drunk, a mixture of milk, coffee, aguardiente, and sugar is made.
Within a short time, the drink gained popularity and was later nicknamed “Colt de Mont,” which eventually changed to “Cola de Mono” or “Colemono.” Nowadays, Colemono is often drunk to await the arrival of Viejito Pascuero or Santa Claus.
As a country located in the southern hemisphere, Christmas in Chile is more of a summer vacation without snow. So Colemono is a drink made sweet and refreshing. Besides being easy to drink, Colemono has a strong spice aroma.
This traditional Christmas drink from Germany is called Glühwein. Usually made from red wine added with various spices or raisins, such as Mulled Wine. The drink is served warm and is an alcoholic drink.
However, there is also Glühwein, which does not contain alcohol. Glühwein has a similar history to Mulled Wine. Especially from the cultivation of the Roman grapes, which took him to the vicinity of the Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany.
Traditionally, Glühwein can be translated as ‘burning wine.’ The drink is trendy in German-speaking countries and the Alsace region of France. Even in the Alsace market, Glühwein is the only alcoholic drink.
Traditionally, Glühwein can be translated as ‘burning wine.’ The drink is trendy in German-speaking countries and the Alsace region of France. Even in the Alsace market, Glühwein is the only alcoholic drink.
The earliest Glühwein documentation is attributed to Count John IV of Katzenellenbogen, a German aristocrat who was the first to grow Riesling grapes. Glühwein is usually made with red wine and various herbs and spices.
For example, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, oranges, sugar, and sometimes vanilla. Glühwein is also sometimes enjoyed with a shot of rum or other liquor. Another Glühwein variant is Feuerzangenbowle, with chopped sugar and rum drips.
9. Ponche Navideño
Ponche Navideño is a traditional punch drink from Mexico that is very popular during the Christmas holidays.
This drink is made from water, fresh and dry fruit such as tamarind, prunes, hibiscus, cinnamon, and has the sweet taste of piloncillo or sugar cane.
During the Christmas holidays, some families in Mexico will serve a large pot of Ponche Navideño simmering on the stove. The fruits used are seasonal in guava, apples, pears, oranges, and dried fruits.
Also, there are some typical Mexican ingredients used in it, such as Tejocote or sugarcane sticks. This material may only be found in typical Mexican stores in some countries or obtained through global online stores.
To make Ponche Navideño, first, prepare the ingredients that will be used first. After that, then place the water in a large pot. Then add the piloncillo and cinnamon and Tejocote if needed, then cook for about 15 minutes.
Next, add fruit, such as chopped guava, apples, and prunes, along with other ingredients, including sugarcane stalks, tamarind, or hibiscus. Simmer for about 1 hour. Serve in mugs with fruit or with rum.
8. Brandy Alexander
Brandy Alexander is a brandy-based cocktail consisting of cognac and creme de cacao, a popular cream in the early 20th century.
Brandy Alexander is a cocktail variation made from gin. Therefore, apart from brandy, sometimes it also contains gin.
There are many rumors about the origin of the drink. Some sources say that Brandy Alexander was created at the time of Princess Mary and Viscount Lascelles’ wedding in London in 1922. However, there are also other sources about it.
Drama critic and Algonquin Round Table member Alexander Woollcott claims that Brandy Alexander uses his name. Other sources say that the drink got its name from the Tsar of Russian, Alexander II. So it’s fairly confusing.
A bartender most likely created brandy Alexander at Rector’s, a restaurant in New York. Apart from this, Brandy Alexander is known as the favorite drink of John Lennon, a member of the legendary band The Beatles.
So Brandy Alexander is one of those great retro brandy cocktails and quite a favorite during the winter leading up to Christmas. The taste can vary depending on taste, some prefer more brandy, but most prefer a balanced recipe.
Poinsettia is an ideal drink for the holiday season and Christmas celebrations. Besides having a mild taste, the champagne cocktail is easy to drink, even for people who rarely drink alcohol. It is red in color with a dominant citrus and cranberry flavor.
Meanwhile, any type of champagne can be used to make Poinsettia, either good quality or plain. Even champagne can also be replaced with Prosecco, an Italian version of champagne that tastes sweeter and more fruity.
Meanwhile, to make a non-alcoholic version of Poinsettia, you can substitute ginger ale for champagne. Vice versa, Poinsettia can also be made into a cocktail with a stronger character. One way is to add a little vodka.
The basic ingredient in making the Poinsettias apart from champagne and cranberry or orange juice is Cointreau. How to make it quite easy, mix all the ingredients, and stir together. After that, then serve either warm or cold, plus ice.
The drink, which is named after the Poinsettia flower, has a light alcohol content. One of the reasons is due to the use of cranberry juice. The juice that makes this sweet taste is made from several fruits, including apples and grapes.
6. English Christmas Punch
As its name implies, the English Christmas Punch is a traditional warm drink perfect for serving during Christmas. The drink is made from a mixture of rum, red wine, and selected teas. Tea is a key ingredient in the English Christmas Punch.
Most of the teas used are green or black teas, such as Earl Gray tea. Also, infused tea made from the citrus can be used. There are two methods you can choose from to make an English Christmas Punch. The first method is to mix them all at once.
Other methods will involve a bit of a bartender performance and require special skills. However, both methods must use a punch bowl and a suitable glass for serving warm drinks.
A good punch bowl is made of glass or stainless steel. So it is better not to use an acrylic bowl because it cannot withstand heat. How to make an English Christmas Punch is quite simple. Prepare the ingredients, then heat but do not boil.
Stir thoroughly until the sugar dissolves, then pour the mixture into the punch bowl. After that, add fruit as a decoration if necessary. Serve the English Christmas Punch when it’s warm; besides being refreshing, it’s also sweet and delicious.
Glögg is a flavored drink; usually, the alcohols used are wine or spirits. It could be said that Glögg is a traditional drink like Mulled Wine from Scandinavia. So that Glögg is very famous during winter, especially the Christmas holidays.
Hot wine has been a common drink in Scandinavia since the 16th century. Its original form was a liqueur flavored with spices that couriers and postmen commonly consumed while traveling on horseback or snow skiing.
Then since the early 19th century Glögg has become a popular drink among all people in Scandinavia. It is generally served during winter, mixed and warmed together with juices, syrups, and liquors such as Punsch.
Like other Christmas drinks, Glögg’s recipes are also very diverse. Usually using the basic ingredients of white or sweet wines or alcoholic drinks such as brandy and cognac. Glögg is made by boiling water and then adding spices to it.
The most commonly used spices are cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. These include the peels of oranges, oranges or lemons, and raisins or almonds. Glögg can also be made as a non-alcoholic drink, and it’s replacing grapes with fruit juices. The taste is sweet and strong.
4. Mulled Wine
Mulled Wine or Spiced Wine is a drink made from red wine and various spices or sometimes raisins. Mulled Wine is served hot or warm and is a favorite traditional drink before Christmas, especially in Europe.
Making seasoned and heated wines first appear in Roman records during the 2nd century C.E. The Romans managed to travel across Europe and conquer much of its territory. So that wine is widely known in the continent.
One of the most popular Mulled Wine is in Great Britain, and it is part of the Christmas celebration tradition. Whereas in contemporary British culture, Mulled Wine is very varied, and there is no specific recipe. Sometimes it is even made as a non-alcoholic alternative.
The commonly used herbs and spices are citrus, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel seeds, cloves, cardamom, and ginger. The herbs and spices are mixed and boiled with syrup or sugar; then, red wine is added.
Another variation sometimes involves adding a teabag filled with herbs to the wine and then heating it with an orange slice. Mulled Wine is widely available in England during winter. The flavors themselves vary widely.
3. Hot Toddy
Hot Toddy, also known as hot whiskey in Ireland, is a drink made from alcohol, water, honey, or sugar. Some of his recipes sometimes use herbs such as tea and spices. Hot Toddy is always served hot.
The word ‘toddy’ comes from a drink in India made from sap’s fermentation from palm trees. The earliest known use of Hot Toddy dates back to 1786. However, several other sources attribute it to a person named Robert Bentley Todd.
This summer drink that is often consumed during the Christmas holidays can also be made cold, called Cold Toddy. Made from rye whiskey, citrus, lemon, cinnamon stick, ginger, Earl Gray tea, cloves, honey, or bitter, and served and stirred with ice.
There are actually various Hot Toddy recipes, especially from the alcohol used, such as rum, brandy, or gin. Traditionally Hot Toddy is drunk before going to bed at night. Hot Toddy is often drunk during cold weather and works to relieve cold and flu symptoms.
Currently, the most used Hot Toddy recipe is as a whiskey cocktail and served hot. This recipe comes from Jack’s Manual from 1910. The taste will also vary depending on the mixture’s ingredients, and it can be sweet, smoky, or stronger.
2. Hot Buttered Rum
Hot Buttered Rum is one of the most popular cocktails during winter, including the Christmas holidays.
As the name implies, Hot Buttered Rum is made from rum, butter, sugar, and hot water. Sometimes it is also added with herbs and spices.
For example, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and others. Another variation of Hot Buttered Rum is to replace the butter with ice cream or milk and even coconut milk. Also, cider is used to replace water.
The origins of this hot drink can be traced back to King Henry VII of England’s reign. Besides, during the American colonial period, New England was a major player in the rum industry, with hundreds of distillations of alcohol from molasses.
So with the presence of excess rum, it’s no wonder the colonists found a lot of mixed drinks from rum. At that time, rum was often mixed with tonic, spices, orange juice, and warmed and hot cream and butter.
The recipes also vary widely from bar to house-made recipes. However, Hot Buttered Rum lost its appeal due to the appearance of whiskey. The recipe for the drink appeared again in 1887 and 1940s. It tastes soft, sweet, and also salty.
Who doesn’t know the Eggnog?
This egg-based drink originating from England and the United States is always identic with Christmas celebrations.
Moreover, journals and diaries from the past reveal that the Eggnog is part of the Christmas tradition.
The word Eggnog may give a glimpse into the history of the drink. It is said that the word ‘Nog‘ comes from a kind of strong beer that originated in England, around Norfolk. Also, in Shetland, ‘Nugg‘ refers to ale that is heated in a hot vessel.
Therefore, Eggnog itself is a drink of eggs, milk, sugar and was historically mixed with alcohol. The British had made Eggnogs for several hundred years and then crossed the Atlantic with the colonists in the United States.
Although Eggnog is often served cold, in some cases, it is also warmed, especially during winter, such as the Christmas holidays. Today, there are several Eggnog variations; the traditional version uses cream and contains high sugar.
Meanwhile, the variety of Eggnog is also affected by the alcohol used. It usually varies by region, sometimes using brandy, cognac, bourbon, whiskey, rum, and more. There is also a non-dairy Eggnog variant. Eggnog tastes sweet and creamy.
So those are the various drinks that come from Christmas traditions in various cultures around the world.
Christmas Day is synonymous with winter and snow. A good Christmas drink is good to warm up the atmosphere with the family, even more, Merry Christmas!