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Festive drinks

Christmas cheer comes in many forms. Sometimes it's a mince pie. Other times it's the act of pulling a cracker with a loved one. But a tipple can hit the spot, and let you take the edge of a hard-worked year. Of course, all over the world, every nation has their drink of choice.

Here are just a few:

Glühwein (Germany)

Maybe a drink that is the most synonymous with the concept of a Christmas drink, mulled wine is a classic way of getting into Christmas mode. It's relatively simple to make. Generally, red wine is heated up on a stove with some spices like cinnamon, star anise and nutmeg, as well as some bay leaves, orange slices and vanilla pods. We can feel ourselves warming up just thinking about it.

Eggnog (America and Canada)

The Americans are famous for their party antics, so it's no surprise their Christmas drink is so well known. We can only surmise that it's down to all the Hallmark holiday films that come in droves during the season. Eggnog isn't for everyone - especially lactose intolerant people, as its base is either cream or milk as well as whisked-up eggs. The liquor of choice can be whiskey or brandy, and it is generally finished off by sprinkling nutmeg or cinnamon over the top.

Cola de Mono (Chilie) 

A Chilean concoction that translates as 'monkey's tail' in English, Cola de Mono is a tipple that many associate with the White Russian. It contains milk, coffee, sugar, cloves and the booze used is aguardiente, which has a 45% alcohol content. Sounds like they have no problem getting in the festive spirit in Chile!

White Glögg (Sweden and Finland)

Europeans like to keep their Yuletide drinks warm, and of course a place like Sweden is no different. White Glögg consists of chopped apple, cinnamon, all spice berries, cloves and white wine or cider. It is then topped with sultanas and if you're feeling brave a bit of vodka is often used.

Sorrel Punch (Jamaica)

If you're someone who doesn't like be reminded that it is cold, then Sorrel Punch might just be thing for you. It's a Jamaican punch that consists of hibiscus flower, fresh root ginger and sugar. The alcohol used is of course the most popular liquor of the region: rum. So why not turn the heating up high, get into a pair of shorts and fan yourself whilst drinking this fruity cocktail?

So what have we learned? Well, nutmeg and cinnamon feature quite heavily in festive beverages and thus must be the top contenders for the 'most Christmassy spice' competition that is held in Aldershot each year (this does not, nor has ever happened), and that you should always drink responsibility, especially when in the Latin America area.

Merry Christmas, everybody!