As we take a leap into the joyous holiday season, we bring you the jingle juices that will definitely get you into the festive spirit. While there are many ways to spread the cheer around, what’s better than to keep the warmth (and even the buzz) going with best holiday drinks to serve this holiday season? Here, have a look at the list of our favourite cocktails and punches:
Mulled Wine has to be a perfect cosy drink to enjoy during the holidays. Made with red wine mulled with various holiday spices, raisins and a hint of brandy, it is served warm to give you a little comfort while sitting by the fire.
What’s Christmas without eggnog? Empty, am I right or am I right? This luscious, creamy drink is traditionally made with milk/cream, sugar, liquor and whipped eggs that give it a frothy texture. The spirits or alcohol in this drink can vary from brandy, rum or bourbon, and is then garnished with cinnamon or nutmeg. It’s the perfect egg milk punch that’ll have you sipping happily all season!
The Italian response to eggnog, bombardino is made by mixing advocaat or eggnog and brandy. It is served hot and with whipped cream on top. Have some at one of the many ski resorts across the Alps, or at a Christmas market.
If you want a respite from the excessive alcohol consumption of the holiday season, why not try the Swedish julmust? This popular soft drink has a unique root beer-like flavour, and can be found throughout the country. If you’re somewhere else during the holidays, check out your local Ikea, as they often stock julmust around Christmas.
5Hot Buttered Rum
Another drink that will warm you up this chilly winter is a glass of fabulously decadent hot -buttered rum! Enjoy your jolly season with this warm, spicy, and buttery smooth drink that is made up of rum, butter, cider, a sweetener and spices.
A classic Snowball is made using equal parts lemonade and advocaat, a Dutch/German alcoholic beverage made from eggs, sugar and brandy. Celebrate the festive season with this ultimate retro cocktail that can also have other ingredients, to taste.
Treat your guests to a Christmas punch which is a combination of spirits, water, lemon, sugar and spices. Also, try out the popular Mexican cocktail punch called ponche navideño. It’s made with something sweet, something sour, liquor, water, and spices, and is served warm.
For a cup of warm and soothing Hot Toddy, you need hot tea, a little lemon, and honey along with your choice of brandy, rum, or whiskey. Further topped with cinnamon and cloves, this combination packs a punch; and is a basic comforting winter drink that also helps in relieving symptoms of cold and flu.
This sweet alcoholic drink can be found throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s similar to eggnog and is made with evaporated milk, condensed milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, coconut cream, and rum. The flavour and consistency vary based on how much of each ingredient is used, but it’s usually served sweet and cold.
A popular German drink (along with glühwein, or mulled wine), feuerzangenbowle is made by pouring red wine into a bowl heated by a flame. A metal grate is placed over the top of the bowl, and then a rum-soaked sugar cone is placed on top. The sugar is set on fire and allowed caramelize and melt into the wine creating a warm and sweet drink.
Wassail is an old traditional English beverage that contains mulled cider made with sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. This hot Christmas drink dates back to Medieval times and can also be mixed with different fruit juices such as pineapple juice and cranberry juice with spices and obviously alcohol – bringing in an enchanting deep and fruity sweetness.
12Tom and Jerry
This traditional Christmas cocktail is a warm, eggnog-y drink that contains shots of Brandy and rum, garnished with nutmeg. Usually served hot, you can also add vanilla extract to this classic cocktail to add more depth to your taste.
This ultimate comfort drink is the simplest of all. Hot chocolate or hot cocoa is made from shaved or melted chocolate or cocoa powder, warm milk and sugar. You can be creative and garnish your own cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows, nuts or whipped cream.
So, what will be your Christmas drink or drinks this year? Let us know in the comments below!