Christmas Party Foods and Drink Recipes
Christmas Party Foods and Drink Recipes to Make Christmas Merrier:
Christmas Drink Recipes from Different Countries
Christmas is widely celebrated in many countries. It isn't surprising then that there are many traditional Christmas drinks. When it comes to drinks, though, alcoholic beverages often are the first things to come to mind.
Christmas party foods need tasty drink recipes to complete the holiday mood so here are some drink recipes from around the world to spice up your holiday party!
This Christmas, why not try serving any (or all) of the Christmas drinks below? You, your family and friends can sit by the fireplace sipping a warm drink – whether it's a simple eggnog or spiced up wine.
* Wassail: Christmas Drink from Britain
For centuries, Wassail has been a favorite seasonal drink in Britain. To make Wassail, you'll need the following ingredients:
1 gallon apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp whole cloves
1 1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Pour the apple cider in a bowl. Thinly slice the orange and lemons and place them in the bowl. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice and give the mixture a gentle stir. Leave the mixture for 30 minutes to allow diffusion of spices in the drink.
Pour the mixture in a sauce pan and heat gradually over low heat. Let the mixture simmer for one hour then let it cool for 10 minutes. If you want to give it a little kick, add mead or brandy to the mixture 5 minutes before it's done simmering.
To serve, strain the drink before pouring in cups. Sprinkle each cup with nutmeg.
* Glühwein (Hot Mulled Wine): Christmas Drink from Germany
Glühwein or hot mulled wine is a popular German drink. Although white wine is much more popular than red in Germany, red wine becomes in demand come the Yuletide season. To make this German Christmas drink, you'll need the following ingredients:
1 bottle dry red wine
3 tbsp sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom or ginger
In a sauce pan, heat the wine over low heat. Do not let the wine come to a boil. Keep in mind that alcohol has a low boiling point. You'd end up with hot grape juice if you boil the wine! Finely slice the lemon and add it to the wine when it is hot. Next, add the sugar, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Remove the mixture from the stove and allow it to cool. When the mixture is a little above room temperature, it's ready to serve. Strain the liquid before pouring into individual cups. Sprinkle with cardamom or ginger.
* Cafe Mexicano: Christmas Drink of Mexico
If you'd like to keep the Christmas drinks light and non-alcoholic, try a Mexican chocolate coffee drink. Here are the ingredients you need:
1 1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 tsp chocolate syrup
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Make a dark brew, French roast for example. Keep the coffee hot in a pot. In a sauce pan or thick bowl, pour the coffee. Add the heavy cream until the liquid thickens. Warm four cups by filling each with a small amount of water and placing them in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds. When done, remove any excess water. Next, evenly pour chocolate syrup in the cups. Pour the hot coffee in the cups and stir well. Top with cream and sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.
American Eggnog: Christmas Drink from the US
Perhaps you prefer the old-fashioned American Christmas drink. What could be a more traditional and American Christmas drink than eggnog? To make American eggnog, add a dash of brandy or rum in a cup of eggnog. Add in an ounce of triple sec and let it mix in with the drink. To serve, sprinkle with a little nutmeg.
A good Christmas Party Foods idea is to set up a complimentary food station with your party drinks. Have a German Food Station, a Mexican Food Station...and so on. What a festive way to celebrate Christmas customs from all over the world!
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