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3 Warm Holiday Drinks from Around the World

3 warm holiday drinks from around the world

Season’s greetings everyone! Today I am sharing 3 warm holiday drinks from around the world. This latest blog post is so close to Christmas, I thought I would do something a little different, finally making this website a food blog as I have been talking about. While they are drinks and not food, they still use classic cooking techniques and tie into a travel theme nicely as they are drinks consumed by people internationally. Travelling via food, rather than physical travel, if you will. The 3 drinks I am sharing today are: Vin Chaud (France), Eggnog (North America), and Coquito (Puerto Rico or Central America)

Starting with Vin Chaud (or “hot wine”): you may know this as mulled wine, glögg(Nordic) or Glühwein (Germanic), except vin chaud is less sweet than its counterparts, as the French like to enhance the natural wine flavor rather than overpower it.

My wife and I, accompanied by my mother in-law, first discovered this delicious gem in Paris at the Champs Elysee’s Christmas market: a huge Christmas market that lines both sides of the avenue from the Arc de Triumph to the end of the road. This was a staple of most food vendors and was featured on so many menus that I lost count. Drinking one of these back home in Calgary really brings us back to that market and also the South of France. It is so nice to enjoy this warm beverage on a cold winter’s night with loved ones that it has become a Christmas tradition at our house.

Vin Chaud

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: cold weather drink, Glühwein, holiday drink, hot drink, hot wine, mulled wine, Nordic glögg
Servings: 1 Person
Author: The Globe Trevor

Ingredients

  • 1 whole Mandarin orange
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 3 pods cardamon
  • 1 tbsp brandy, bourbon etc.

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients.
  • with a sharp serrated knife cut slices of mandarin oranges (about 1/4 inch wide)
  • combine wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and orange slices in a saucepan over medium heat until brought to a very slow simmer, steeping as you would tea. Do not boil.
  • after steeping to release the flavor for several minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
  • pour into a mug or glass, once cooled enough to drink
  • enjoy responsibly

Notes

This recipe is best enjoyed during the holidays, after a cold winters walk, beside a fire with a loved one.

The next recipe is traditional homemade eggnog. This recipe is in most Canadian traditions, but also America, and even in some other parts of the world. Europe may have invented it but it was adopted by us North Americans. If you don’t want to bother to make it you can find it in most stores during the Christmas season, at least in Canada that is. What you are essentially making when you make eggnog is a crème anglais, with cinnamon and nutmeg, but just a bit thinner. Most North Americans enjoy this drink cold, but it is just as good warm if not better. The traditional liquor to add is rum, but bourbon, Grand Marnier, Irish cream and other will do just fine. I am opting not to add the alcohol, as you can easily add it at the end, but you can’t take it away once added. Plus your kids will probably like this as much as you do, and let’s keep the rum to ourselves shall we?

traditional eggnog

this classic recipe is delicious any time of the day and is a Canadian tradition
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas tradition, cold weather drink, eggnog, from sctatch, hot drink, hot drink for a cold day
Servings: 6 people
Author: admin

Equipment

  • Stainless steel bowl
  • double boiler

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk (3%)
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cup half & half cream or light cream
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions

  • combine milk, cream, cloves, vanilla, sugar & cinnamon in a saucepan, and slowly bring to a simmer.
  • in a seperate bowl add the egg yolks & sugar then whisk. Then pour hot milk, very slowly into the eggs, whisking vigorously.
  • add bowl to the double boiler, ensuring the mix doesn't boil.
  • strain into a seperate bowl, serve hot or cold. Add grated nutmeg and or cinnamon for garnish.

Notes

This is a North American traditional drink during Christmas

Last but not least is coquito, originating in Puerto Rico. Truth be told I had this in Costa Rica rather than Puerto Rico, but the recipe still holds. This is a rich, slightly tropical alternative to eggnog, as coconut replaces milk, but make no mistake, it is still just as heavy. Heaviness aside it is very delicious. Also, as I mention in my video, this recipe can easily be converted to vegan: just replace the evaporated milk and the sweetened condensed milk with 2 cans of sweetened coconut milk. To substitute for the flavor of the egg yolks add 2 tbs of chickpea flour (it is a close flavor alternative), and also a tbs of cornstarch. If you don’t like it thick omit the cornstarch.

Admittedly, my wife loves the flavor of this drink but does not like the tiny little bits of coconut that comes from the creamed coconut that we bought. If you don’t either I suggest a can of coconut milk instead, plus some cornstarch. You will need the cornstarch to replace the thickening power of the creamed coconut.

You may want to make your own creamed coconut, but this is an arduous process, not suitable for this blog or video. Never having tried it, I can’t say for sure, but I imagine nothing beats the real thing.

Usually coquito, like eggnog, uses rum to fortify, but again it’s just as easy to add at the end, but not easy to take away. Still you can if you want, especially if you aren’t sharing with kids.

Coquito

a variation on the classic eggnog, using coconut in place of milk
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: christmas drink, christmas tradition, coquito, puerto rican christmas tradition, vegan friendly, vegan possible
Servings: 6 people
Author: admin

Equipment

  • double boiler
  • Stainless steel bowl
  • whisk

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 140 grams creamed coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • On a double boiler place creamed coconut, yolks, water vanilla, cinnamon and evaporated milk. slowly bringing mixture up to temperature.
  • once brought to 160* F take off heat, and add the sweetened condensed milk. This will cool the mixture enough to drink eimmediatly, or cool in the fridge until desired temperature
  • pour and garnish with fresh nutmeg and a cinnamon stick

Notes

This is a richly flavored alternative to eggnog
 
To make vegan: replace evaporated milk and condensed milk with coconut milk. Then thicken with cornstarch and add 2 tbsp of chickpea flour to simulate the egg flavor.

I also made a tutorial video I shared on Youtube

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