Christmas. That time of year where most evenings are spend catching up with friends not seen for mon this, for festive client meetings (involving a drink or three) and, of course, the work Christmas party – whether you remember it or not.
In celebration of this ‘merry’ time of the year here’s some festive drinks from around the world for you to enjoy. Step away from boring glass of cheap wine and branch out this season!
Cola de Mono, Chile
The Cola de Mono, or monkey’s tail originates from Chile and is very much associated with this time of year. It can be compared to a White Russian in terms of both texture and taste.
The exact theory on the name of this drink is unknown but one theory is that this potent concoction will have you swinging like a monkey!
To make you will need (serves 6-8):
– 4 cups milk
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cinnamon stick
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
– 3 tablespoons instant coffee
– 1 cup Chilean aguardiente (or rum/brandy)
Bring the milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon to the boil.
Remove from heat
Stir in the coffee and the rum/brandy
Serve while warm
Egg Nog, Debated
Although the the origins of this festive drink in England it’s one I more often associate with North America. Apparently they drink was popular with the British aristocracy and became popular America in the 18th Century.
I’m a bit partial to it too and always try and dig out a recipe to make up a batch with my mum of Christmas Eve whilst making sausage rolls.
You will need (serves 8):
– 700ml milk
– 240ml double cream
– 3 cinnamon sticks
– 1 vanilla pod
– 1 tsp grated nutmeg
– 5 eggs, separated
– 130g granulated sugar
– 175ml dark rum
Heat the milk, cream, vanilla, nutmeg and bring to the boil. Remove from heat
Beat the egg yolks and sugar until combined and thick ribbons form when the whisk is lifted.
Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to mix together until smooth. Add run and stir.
Whisk the egg whites until soft peaksor m and fold into egg nog until combined.
Grate nutmeg over the top and serve.
The B3, Australia
An Australian mixologist has created the B3, or the missing banana, a cocktail inspired by Bananas in Pyjamas. The flavour is said to be a bit like a lemon meringue pie. Yum.
You will need:
– 40ml Belvedere Pure Vodka
– 10ml Banana Liqueur
– 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice
– 1 heaped spoon lemon butter
– 15ml lemon syrup
Add ingredients mixer and shake hard. Pour into a champagne flute. Enjoy.
Mulled Wine, Gluwhien, Vin Chaud, Nordic Glögg…
Whatever you call it I’ve no doubt you’ve tried some form of this, the ultimate in Christmas drinks: mulled wine.
The idea of spiced, heated wine has a long history which dates back to Rome during the 2nd Century.
Making mulled wine is pretty much down to personal taste, play around with the spices and sugar, or add a little Cointreau. Jamie Oliver has a pretty good recipe.
The Real McCoy Cocktail
from Verses From my kitchen
The Real McCoy cocktail has everything you need in a good Christmas cocktail, and by everything I mean bubbles!
– 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
– 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
– 1/2 cup ginger ale
– 4 tbsp. agave nectar
– 1/2 apiced rum
– dash bitters
– pomegranate seeds and quarters for a garnish
Fill large pitcher with low and add in the first 5 ingredients. Stir to mix.
Serve into 2 chilled glasses I liked with ice and finish with. Dash of bitters. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and quarters.
Buck’s Fizz, UK
Bucks’s Fizz, or mimosa if you prefer, is the best way to start off a celebratory day whether a birthday, Christmas, or anything else.
The drink is named after The London Buck’s Club, a gentlemans club established in 1919. Members invented the drink as an excuse to begin drinking early. The true recipe, which involves more than champagne and orange juice, is only known by the barman of the Buck’s Club.
– 2 parts orange juice to one part champagne (or the other way round if you prefer!)