Christmas drinks from around the globe


Christmas is the time of year when family and friends gather together to eat, drink, and celebrate. The holiday is marked by traditional meals and beverages that vary around the world. The drinks may be served cold or hot, depending on the hemisphere of the country, but all of them have one thing in common: tradition.

Eggnog
This is a traditional American drink that is served throughout the holidays. It is also popular in Canada and the UK. It’s a combination of milk, egg, and sugar, served with a pinch of nutmeg. Brandy or rum can also be added.

Punch
This Mexican drink is prepared with apples, sugarcane, guava, plums, and other ingredients. It is typically made during the days leading up to Christmas.

Mulled Wine
This drink is traditional to Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. It is typically consumed during November and December. Various mulling spices are added to the wine and it is served warm.

Bombardino
This is a popular drink in Italy during the winter, especially among skiers. It’s made up of one-half eggnog and one-half brandy. It is served hot with whipped cream.

Hot Toddy
Also known as hot whiskey in Ireland, this drink is typically a mixture of liquor, honey, lemon, and hot water. Some recipes include sugar, tea, and spices.

Sujeonggwa
This traditional Korean punch contains gotgam (dried persimmon), cinnamon, ginger, and pine nuts. It is made as an infusion and consumed cold at Christmas.

Sparkling wine
In several European countries, the tradition is to drink sparkling wine with Christmas dinner. France, Spain, and Italy are some of the countries that honor this tradition.

Coquito
This is a liquor made with coconut cream, condensed milk, white rum, cinnamon, and vanilla. It is generally served cold with dessert in Puerto Rico.