Just in time for the holidays, here are a few festive drinks from around the world. In the U.S. we enjoy eggnog, but it seems every Christian culture has their own specialty drink for this time of the year. Add some of these traditions to this year’s Christmas tradition by trying one, or maybe all, of these holiday spirits.
Let’s start with our neighbors to the south—Mexico. Known as Ponche Navideño, this hot beverage is made in a variety of different ways. Served homemade or available in restaurants and from street vendors, this Christmas time treat is made in a variety of ways. Most include sugar cane, pears, various citrus fruits, raisins, prunes, and a fruit used by the Aztecs called tejocotes. This is a festive drink for the whole family. To make it more adult friendly add tequila, brandy or rum.
Moving a little further south to Chile, the Cola de Mono, literally Spanish for Monkey’s Tail, is somewhat similar to eggnog. It is served cold and has the consistency of a white Russian. Made with Chilean aguardiente, which is a generic term for alcohol, brandy, whiskey or rum is suggested. Other ingredients include milk, coffee, vanilla bean, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. These are shared with family and friends around the holidays.
Finally, we will hop across the pond for our last featured holiday beverage. Wassail is a hot mulled cider that is similar to drinks featured in the past like gluehwein or glogg. This drink has a rich history beginning in the 1400s in Britain. The tradition of “wassailing” was started by going door-to-door singing carols and sharing the mulled cider. This was done as an expression of good health, well wishes as well as a good apple harvest for the following year. Although the act of wassailing isn’t done as frequently anymore, the drink is still quite popular around the Christmas season.
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