Festive drinks from around the world

Festive drinks from around the world

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During the festive season, many countries around the world have their own traditional Christmas drinks. From, mulled wine and advocaat (snowballs) in the UK to egg nog and mulled wine in the UK, these are the most common drinks that people know about. However not all of these are the traditional Christmas tipple of the country. Did you know in the UK it is a drink called wassail?

Preparing for Christmas festivities, My Voucher Codes have produced an infographicwhich identifies traditional Christmas drinks from around the world, and how to make them, perfect if you’re looking for some inspiration. So if you have ever wondered what the traditional Ukrainian festive drink was or what Jamaicans drink at Christmas check out the infographic below:


The UK’s traditional festive drink is wassail, a variation on mulled wine and filled with stewed fruit. Most recipes now are made with beer or cider and apples, lemon slices and spices still served warm.



Popular in the US and Canada, is eggnog which is their traditional milk or egg punch. It is generally with eggs, sugar, milk and cream and spiked with any or all of the following: bourbon (in the Deep South), dark rum and cognac and flavoured with spices.


Glühwein is the traditional German mulled wine, it is also a popular festive beverage across Europe. Introduced by the Romans, it is served hot or warm and is made up of red wine, sugar, oranges and lemons and spices.


Cola De Mono (Tail of the Monkey), is the traditional Chilean drink served around Christmas, similar to a white Russian, it is a milk based cocktail spiked with vodka and coffee. Typically made from milk, sugar and coffee with vanilla and spices, it is served cold.


PoncheNavideño, is the traditional Christmas drink served in Mexico, it was not always served with alcohol. Consisting of simmered fruit and spices this drink is served hot. Alcohol, generally rum, can be added to taste.

Puerto Rico

The traditional Christmas drink in Puerto Rico is Coquito, a coconut based alcoholic drink. It is generally prepared with evaporated milk, coconut milk, condensed milk and spices, spiked with rum. It can be served in shot glasses or small cups and is usually garnished with grated nutmeg or cinnamon.


Bombardino is the traditional Italian festive drink drunk in winter and mixed with “spirit of the Alps”. The name is derived from Italians stating; “It’s like a bomb!” due to the drink’s hot temperature and high alcohol content. It is made from advocaat or eggnog, brandy or rum, freshly brewed coffee and cream.


Glögg; is the Scandinavian version of mulled wine made from a base of red wine and spices. Made with cinnamon, ginger, cardamom pods, cloves and Seville orange peel, with sugar. You can also add stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit, or brandy for an added kick.


Sorrel Punch is drunk around Christmas and the New Year, it is made from dried sorrel calyxes, also known as Jamaican hibiscus, water and sugar, ginger, cloves and orange slices, as well as amber rum and served cold over ice.


In the Ukraine, Uzvar is a traditional Christmas Eve non-alcoholic drink. It is a Kompot (a non-alcoholic sweet beverage) and made from dried fruit such as apples and pears, cherries, plums and raisins, stewed in water until soft and left to chill.

So do you fancy trying any of these international tipples this festive season?

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