It’s almost impossible (and certainly unethical) to imagine Christmas without the overwhelmingly clove-y, nutmeg-y, ginger-y, cinnamon-y scent of the holiday’s number one beverage of choice, however, for those of you finding the wine buzz a little lacklustre this holiday season, fear not! Here’s our list of Europe’s best alternatives to the mulled wine Christmas classic.
1. England – Hot buttered rum
Rum might be a Caribbean spirit, but it was the English who turned this tropical cocktail-making liquor into a winter-fighting heart warmer. Just add butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and a little boiling water to that delicious rum to create this mighty concoction. If it was good enough for hardy sailors returning from the Americas, it should warm up your spirits this holiday season.
2. Spain – Café Asiático
If you’re struggling to keep your eyes open with all the festive cheer, why not try this Carthaginian masterpiece. Taking the best of Spanish coffee, combining it with super sweet condensed milk and throwing in a good dollop of cognac, Licor 43, lemon rind and cinnamon, its sure to be an interesting divergence from your usual Christmas mug filler.
3. U.K – Mulled Cider
Not shy of mulling just about anything, this interesting brew dates right back to the Anglo-Saxon days, where mead was infused with roasted apples in celebration of Lammas day! Before long the mead was swapped out for cider, later combined with sugar, cinnamon, ginger, anise and nutmeg. If you’re looking to really bring back that medieval feel though, we recommend you roast up some apple and orange slices to throw in whilst the pot simmers…you can thank us later!
4. Denmark – Gløgg
Few countries quite understand the cold like the Danes, so why not try their take on the mulled wine classic? Not straying too far from the old faithful, gløgg adds a Scandinavian kick by pairing those wonderful Christmas spices with toasted almonds and raisins, giving the Danish delicacy a totally unique flavour…. Oh, we almost forgot to mention, you’ll also need to add a few shots of vodka to the mix if you want your gløgg as authentic as possible, but I suppose we’ll leave that up to you.
5. The Scottish Hot Toddy
Despite experts debunking its medicinal properties, the Hot Toddy is no stranger to the Irish population. Originating in Scotland and popularised by Americans, the drink relays heavily on a love of whisky. Cloves and lemon are added, along with hot water and optional cinnamon, honey, sugar or maple syrup if you ask our Canadian cousins!
And that’s our list! If you like these why not check out our ‘5 ways with festive cocktails’ article for even more ideas!