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.
This article was originally published on December 17, 2013
The red wine-based drink is traditionally spiced with a combination of cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and bitter orange, but the exact ingredients can vary depending on country and personal preference of the beverage-maker.
There is not one particular right way to make it (it is a punch, after all), but it often includes some sort of mix of sugar cane, apples, pears, citrus, raisins, prunes, and tejocotes (an indigenous fruit used by the Aztecs). For the adult version, add tequila, brandy, or rum.
Traditionally enjoyed on Christmas Eve, nochebuena, this fruity punch includes a long list of dried and fresh fruit, such as raisins, prunes, dried apricots, apples, pineapple and papaya, and is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange.
Coquito recipes vary, but in general, this very rich blended Christmas drink (Puerto Rico’s "eggnog") is made of spiced rum, condensed milk, coconut milk or cream of coconut, vanilla, and spices such as cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Christmas in Jamaica means sun and beaches, and no warming drinks are needed here. Instead, Christmas is celebrated with sorrel punch, a drink made from the petals of a type of hibiscus, locally known as sorrel, mixed with sugar, fresh ginger, lime juice, and rum.