Ah, the season is upon us. What a great time to practice generosity, wear goofy sweaters, and relax over incredible meals with family and friends. In this special season, we find ourselves returning to familiar traditions and hearty indulgences. Sometimes holiday treats can include tasty cocktails and moments of celebration. From your favorite type of wintery cheer to the bubbly you toast at New Years, we at Auto Europe hope this time of year finds you festive and joyful. Here are some of our favorite holiday beverages and delicious drinks from around the world:
Now that the holidays are here, and all associated indulgences along with them, I keep encountering a familiar thick, creamy beverage at my family and friend’s gatherings around the US and Canada. While people seem to love it or hate it with equal amounts of passion, I find myself warmly fond of this rummy concoction. Actually, I am in favor of pretty much anything that I can sprinkle with nutmeg, so I am not sure how much my vote counts. However, I am pleased that this definitive holiday drink is here to stay. Apparently, this is a drink that is purely North American, having been developed with the ingredients that our colonies had in abundance: eggs, dairy, and rum.
If you’re looking for the perfect hot beverage to heat a chilly winter day, you might consider spending your holidays in wintery Sweden, where their special version of mulled wine, also called “glogg” contains red wine, port, brandy and a whole potpourri of spices and citrus fruits. Other great Swedish traditions include julbok the Christmas goat and smorgasbord meals. As always, it’s a joy to cruise this beautiful and unique country with a comfortable rental car. The snow-flecked Swedish countryside will offer breathtaking views, and perhaps the opportunity to catch sight of Tomte, the Swedish Christmas Elf. You can choose from an array of convenient pick-up locations, including the Stockholm Airport! Teetotalers and designated drivers in Sweden will enjoy the seasonal festivities with a sweet bottle of Julmust, a beloved Scandinavian soda.
Travelers to Germany, Austria and Switzerland will also enjoy toasting the holidays with similar hot, sweet mulled wines. In Poland, it is not uncommon to replace the wine part with a heavy, unfiltered wheat ale, and enjoy hot mulled beer.
The island nation of Jamaica may be low on snow-dusted fir trees, but that doesn’t stop seasonal festivities. Jamaicans ring in holiday joy with reggae inspired carols, fruity baked treats, and sorrel punch. Sorrel punch is a refreshing rum cocktail involving hibiscus petals, sugar, lime juice, and ginger. This drink is to be consumed chilled while visiting with family, neighbors and friends. Another way to indulge in Caribbean holiday celebrations is to attend a Junkanoo parade in the streets of Kingston the day after Christmas. There, you will see incredible performances by masked dancers, and traditional but raucous fun! And with the miles of sandy beaches and perfect weather, you might find yourself returning home with a holiday preference for the scent of coconut over the scent of pine.
If your holiday travel plans are taking you below the border, you’re in for a real treat. The lively culture of Mexico provides numerous holidays flecked with spiritual significance as well as fiestas. The drink of choice is ponche navideño, a hot, fruity juice mixed with sugar cane, dried fruits and tequila or rum.
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