Traditional Holiday Drink Recipes
However you may celebrate the holidays, 'tis the season for friends, family, and fun! While we love the neverending parade of cookies and other delicious baked goods that abound this time of year, we think it's time to give a little love to an oft-overlooked tradition: holiday drinks. With that in mind, we have set out to compile our favorite festive refreshments from around the internet. Think of it as our gift to you!
Drink Recipe Overview:
- Alcohol-Based Drinks
- Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Our Favorite Alcohol-Based Holiday Drinks:
Of course, we have to kick off the festivities with our own recipe for this quintessential German classic. While people generally associate mulling with red wines, we also enjoy spicing up a good bottle of white, and you'll find both options here.
Featured Ingredients: cinnamon sticks | whole cloves | whole star anise | hibiscus
This take on traditional mulled wine is fortified with brandy, and eschews the cloying sweetness found in some recipes in favor of a wine-forward approach. It's bold, flavorful, and best of all, simple to make.
This traditional Puerto Rican drink will have you second-guessing your allegiance to eggnog! You can think of it as "coconut nog," though that might be doing it a disservice because this delicious coconut concoction has a flavor all its own.
This spiced tea is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter day! While quentão is traditionally made with Cachaça (the most popular distilled spirit in Brazil), you can substitute rum, which may be a little more accessible.
Glogg is a traditional mulled wine enjoyed throughout the Scandinavial countries. While its base may be similar to other mulled wines, the inclusion of slivered almonds and raisins gives Glogg a flavor profile all its own.
Our Favorite Non-Alcoholic Holiday Drinks:
Wassail is a spiced apple cider that plays an integral role in traditional English Yuletide tradition. This deliciously fruity, spicy recipe is the perfect addition to any holiday gathering of family or friends!
Think of Kinderpunsch (literally "children's punch" in German) as a sort of glühwein mocktail. With a base of hot tea and fruit juices, kinderpunsch has all the spice and flavor of its older brother, with none of the wine, making it the perfect warm-up for the children or non-alcohol-drinkers in your life.
Stop! Back away from the supermarket plastic jug! Once you've made your own eggnog, you'll never go back. This recipe is easier than you might expect, and will yield a creamy, delicious treat that's sure to become a tradition in your home.
This recipe makes it easy for everyone to enjoy our favorite Scandinavian beverage! Here, the wine is left out in favor of fruit juice, but the amazing flavor (including those raisins and almonds) remains firmly intact.
This unique recipe combines all your favorite holiday baking spices with warm milk, to help the whole family enjoy warm winter nights.
Featured Ingredients: ground ginger | ground cinnamon | ground allspice | ground cloves | ground nutmeg