Christmas, and the end-of-year holiday season, is a time to spend with the people you love the most and to enjoy delicious food and drinks. What the Christmas dinner looks like can be very different depending on where in the world you are located, and almost every country has a few dishes considered "musts" on the holiday table. We here at The Daily Meal recently took a peek into holiday foods around the world, but what would Christmas be without a beverage to accompany the abundance of food? Clearly, the drinks are often just as important as the food when it comes to cheerful Christmas celebrations.
As with almost any celebratory occasion, wine and beer are commonly consumed during Christmas. But in several countries, the holidays also call for a seasonal beverage, enjoyed mainly (or exclusively) during the week of Christmas. Creamy eggnog is a favorite in America and Canada, and similar cream-based drinks can also be found in Latin American countries including Puerto Rico, Chile, and Mexico. In Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Finland in particular, glögg, a type of mulled wine is a popular Christmas drink enjoyed all throughout December. Variations of mulled wine can be found all over Europe and are usually all based on red wine, with slight differences in the spices used. The traditional German glühwein is basically the same as alcoholic glögg (minus the raisins and almonds), and is often served at Christmas markets.
If you're spending Christmas in Jamaica, forget the standard idea of warming cold-weather drinks and get ready to sip on a glass of Sorrel Punch. This Jamaican Christmas drink is made from the petals of a type of hibiscus, locally known as sorrel, mixed with sugar, fresh ginger, lime juice, and dark rum.
To see what beverages are enjoyed during Christmastime in countries all around the world, from fruity punches to creamy concoctions, from Puerto Rico to Lithuania, check out our slideshow.
This article was originally published on December 17, 2013