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Top 10 Christmas Beverages from Around the World
Every country has a classic Christmas beverage. These delicious drinks are shared as Christmas presents are opened and food is enjoyed. Theyre drunk during Christmas dinner and on Christmas Eve. So what exactly do people drink for Christmas?
What do the Europeans drink during Christmas?
Mulled Wine: UK, Germany, and Austria
Mulled wine usually starts with a red wine such as port, claret, or both. The wine is then heated with a variety of mulling spices, including cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Despite the name, mulled wine can be non-alcoholic or with alcohol. Whether you enjoy it with alcohol or not, its a great drink for opening Christmas presents!
If youve heard of hot apple cider, you may have heard of wassail. The two are fairly similar. The base of each drink is apple cider. Wassail, however, often has other fruit included, like oranges. And like mulled wine, wassails often include various spices and sugar. It can be either non-alcoholic or alcohol.
Poppy Seed Milk: Lithuania
Poppy seeds are soaked in water for a day or two. Theyre crushed to allow the liquid to escape. Cold water is added, then the seeds are strained. This process continues until the drink is highly concentrated. The drink is then diluted with water and sweetened. This is a non-alcoholic beverage, great for opening Christmas presents with your children.
What kind of Christmas beverages can be found in South and Central America?
Cola de Mono: Chile
To make Cola de Mono (Tail of the Monkey), start with an alcohol between 29-60% alcohol by volume. Then add milk, sugar, coffee, and cloves. Instead of or in addition to the cloves, you can add cinnamon. Some people also add vanilla extract.
Eggnog: USA and Canada
Eggnog is a very popular Christmas beverage in Canada and USA. Its similar in many ways to the Cola de Mono. As the name suggests, this thick drink contains whipped eggs. It also includes milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar. You can stop there, making the drink non-alcoholic, but its also typical to add brandy, rum, or bourbon.
Its common to leave eggnog out for Santa, so he can enjoy this sweet treat after leaving Christmas presents for the kids of the household.
Panche Navideno: Mexico and Guatemala
Though this fruity drink includes a wide variety of fruit, the fruit varies depending on the family. Typical fruits included are plums, oranges, apples, and guava. Other ingredients include cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar. As with many other Christmas beverages, the drink can be had as a non-alcoholic beverage or you can include rum.
Whatever beverage you choose, enjoy responsibly around a warm fire, while opening Christmas presents, or as you spend time with your family.