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Holiday Cocktail Recipes From Around the World

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[Post updated for 2016]

Celebrate Christmas with these holiday cocktail recipes. We’ve collected some of our favorites from around the world to add a little global flair to your festivities. After all, the holiday season is all about traditions–and if those traditions involve food (like a Christmas cookie exchange) or beverages, even better!

Cheers!

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Ponche Navideño (Christmas Punch)

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  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 5 long tamarind pods, husked and seeded
  • 1/2 pound tejocotes or crab apples, whole
  • 6 large guavas, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 red apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 pear, peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 (4-inch) sugar cane sticks, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 cup pitted prunes
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • Brandy, optional

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: English Wassail

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  • 6 small-to-medium honey crisp apples, cored
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups Madeira
  • 4 oz English pale ale
  • 48 oz hard cider
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 12 whole allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, 2” long
  • 2 strips orange peel, 2“ long
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: German Eierlikör (Egg Liqueur)

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  • 6 fresh chicken eggs
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • a pinch of salt
  • 300 ml of evaporated milk with 10% fat content
  • 1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
  • 125 ml of overproof rum, such as Bacardi 151

Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Swedish Glögg (Mulled Wine)

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  • 2 bottles dry red wine
  • 1 bottle sweet white wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 cardamom pods
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1” fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon bitters

How do you and your family celebrate the holidays? What are your favorite traditions? Tell us in the comments section!

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