If you’re traveling this winter season you have the greatest opportunity to taste new traditional foods from different countries. If you decided to stay home, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the world’s unique holiday flavors with one of these five winter drinks.
Mexico has atole, a hot drink dating back to the Aztec empire. It is made with water or milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and piloncillo – an unrefined sugar. It is thickened with masa and added milk until it becomes creamy and smooth. There are many variations and flavors to this drink, you can even add chocolate to make it champurrado. Atole is always served hot and usually accompanied by tasty tamales.
If mulled wine is your must-have holiday drink, the GermanFeuerzangenbowle will be your favorite way to prepare it. With a special set, the mulled wine is kept warm, and a sugar cone soaked in rum is placed on a grate above. Then the sugar cone is carefully set on fire, and the caramelized sugar drips into the wine below. This mulled wine is typically sold during the wintertime time at Christmas Markets. The German beverage brings both entertainment and the essential holiday flavors.
Cola de Mono
Cola de Mono, which translates to monkey tail, may have a very peculiar name but the Chilean drink is delicious. This simple cocktail includes condensed milk, vanilla, spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, and the best part, coffee. Proudly representing Chile, the national spirit, Pisco, can be added for a special kick.
This pudding-like drink is popular in many Egyptian homes and cafes during the winter. It is simple and easy to make but also has a lot of unique flavors. Sahlab is made with warm milk thickened with Sahlab powder, sugar, and topped with cinnamon and pistachios. Optionally rose water can be added to the mix. Sahlab powder comes from orchids and is commonly used in desserts throughout Egypt and sometimes Turkey.
Canelazo can be found all over South America, but each region makes it slightly different. The simple recipe is to infuse water with cinnamon sticks and then add panela, an unrefined solid sugar. The common South American alcohol, aguardiente, can be added, or if you’re in Brazil, you add cachaça. Other flavors like anise or naranjilla, a native fruit that adds citrusy and acidic flavors, can also be added to the sweet cinnamon tea.
All five of these drinks give us a little insight into what the holidays look like and taste like to the rest of the world. Now you can impress your friends and family and stay warm with one of these winter drinks.