The holidays are celebrated differently around the world. That means that every culture can bring something different to the table. Especially that the holidays are all about people coming together and sharing a meal... or drink. Continue reading for the best traditional holiday drink around the world! Enjoy!
This is a famous Christmas drink from the United States and Canada. This traditional holiday drink can be bought from a store or made from scratch. Many families prefer to make it a little "spiked". In medieval Britain, only the wealthy consumed eggs and milk, so it was used to toast to prosperity and good health. It became a holiday tradition during the 1700's when the American colonies were formed. If you want to create your own eggnog this season, here is a perfect recipe.
- Beat together 6 egg yolks and sugar. You can do this with a mixer or simply using a whisk. The sugar should also be added in slowly. The eggs will look lighter and fluffier
- Heat 2 cups of milk with a pinch of cinnamon and 2 cloves. The pan should be over medium heat. It should be steamy but not boiling.
- Add half of the milk mixture to the eggs while constantly whisking. Then pour it back into the sauce pan.
- Cook the mixture over medium heat until it thickens. If you have a small thermometer, you should place in the mixture and cook until it reaches 160 degrees. You must be careful that the mixture does not boil or curdle.
- Lastly, strain the mix and then chill until you are ready to serve.
This holiday drink has become a fan favorite all over the world. It originated in Puerto Rico and is a great Spanish tradition shared by many. Coquito means "little coconut". It has a strong resemblance to eggnog because of its thick base. In some cultures, the drink is served after dinner in small shot glasses. The drink is said to be very sweet and strong. Families usually have their own variations of the drink which they pass down from generation to generation. Here is a great coquito recipe if you are looking to try it out.
- Using a large pitcher with a lid, add 1 1/2 cups of dark rum and 2 cinnamon sticks. Let this sit for an hour.
- In a blender, puree: 14oz of condensed milk, 15oz cream of coconut, 13.5 oz of coconut milk, 4oz evaporated milk, 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Once this is finished, pour it into the larger pitcher of rum.
- Chill the drink for about 4 hours.
- Shake vigorously and then serve!
Cola de Mono
Cola de Mono is a Chilean holiday drink that is served during the holiday season. It is similar to a White Russian drink. No one is positive how this drink got its name, but it was either from a past alcohol bottle or a previous Chilean president. This drink has a wonderful aroma that you will remember each season. It may be to heavy to drink before holiday meals, so many people suggest replacing coffee or tea with this drink. Here is a great recipe that you can try with your families this holiday season.
- Place 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of cold water, 4 Mexican cinnamon sticks, and 2 whole cloves in a small sauce pan. Bring this to a boil, reduce the heat as needed, and let simmer for 5 minutes. Then set aside to let cool to room temperature.
- Transfer the mixture to a large pitcher and add 4 cups of milk, 1 1/2 cups of coffee, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1 1/2 cups of Chilean pisco. Stir well to combine.
- Refrigerate the mixture overnight and Enjoy!