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The Most Traditional Christmas Cocktails

The festive season is a time for tradition, including sampling some Christmas cocktail recipes that will add sparkle and cheer to your party, or provide an ideal accompaniment when you sit down and cosy up to watch television during the holiday season.

Classic recipes have stood the test of time and have been enjoyed as a traditional Christmas tipple for hundreds of years. It wouldn't be Christmas without a cheeky drink, so read on to discover more about the most traditional cocktails around...

Christmas Cocktails

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Nothing is more festive than a glass of homemade eggnog, made to a traditional recipe. The creamy drink is something many people enjoy when December comes. It's easy to make from scratch and there are simple recipes that anyone can follow.

The basic recipe for an eggnog involves separating the eggs, mixing the yolks with sugar and then whisking in the milk, cream and your choice of alcohol or liqueur to taste. Then, cover it and refrigerate, whisk the egg whites, fold them into the eggnog and serve chilled.

Although it may seem an odd idea to combine eggs and milk for a festive drink, eggnog is something that dates back to the 13th century! Monks in medieval Britain drank a mixture of eggs and figs. In those days, sherry was only for the wealthy, so eggnog was often used as a toast.

It became associated with Christmas in the 18th century, after the recipe crossed the ocean and became popular in the United States. Even George Washington, the nation's first president, was said to be a fan, although his recipe was a little heavy on the alcohol and involved adding a pint of brandy, half a pint of rye whisky, half a pint of rum and a quarter of a pint of sherry!


Mulled wine

Christmas wouldn't be the same without a glass of mulled wine, traditionally a drink you give to carol singers to warm them as they stand on your doorstep serenading you. Mulled wine is to winter what sangria is to summer. It's the cosiest way to enjoy a glass of wine during the Christmas festivities.

It's very simple to prepare mulled wine, as all you need is a bottle of red wine and some seasonal spices, plus a hint of brandy to taste. Making mulled wine will fill your home with the Christmas spirit of years gone by.

Mulled wine is probably the oldest festive drink, as it originated in the second century. It was first made by the Roman armies, who heated wine to warm their bodies against the cold winters as they conquered much of Europe. During the next century, mulled wine spread across the Roman empire and the people they traded with in other regions.


Hot Toddy

This traditional Christmas drink originated in the British colonial area. It was derived from the Hindi drink "tārī", made from fermented sap extracted from the toddy palm.

The British decided to make the toddy their own and it then made its way across the ocean to the United States, where plantation owners made a new version of the toddy, adding rum, sugar and spices.

Today, a hot toddy is made with whisky, honey, hot water and spices, including nutmeg or clove. It is popular in Scotland, where it's also used as a cold cure. While the American toddy uses rum or brandy, the Scottish hot toddy uses whisky.


Christmas punch

A festive drink with its origins in England, Christmas punch is mentioned in the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, when the author writes of Scrooge's vision of Christmas and how it should be a feast topped with "bowls of punch that made the chamber dim with their delicious steam".

The traditional recipe for rum punch combines brandy, sherry, rum, lemon and boiling water, with extra water and sugar added to the brew for younger revellers. The type of alcohol used can be varied - for instance, red wine can be used as well, or tea can be added to spice up the flavour.

The punch bowl is traditionally left on the table with a buffet and guests can return to fill up their glass, using a ladle, whenever they please. Punch is a "must" for any Christmas party you're hosting - it can even be "lit" before serving to delight your guests.

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