Tunes, lights and tinsel all help to bring in the festive cheer, but what are the drinks that are worth venturing out into the cold for?
Whether it’s mulled, plank-smoked or served flaming, here are some examples:
- Bombardino – This Italian favourite is a brandy based drink with egg-nog and Advocaat and is served hot with whipped cream on top. Its variations include adding in coffee or rum, and the name translates to ‘The Bomb’.
- Plank-Smoked Old Fashion – While the Plank-Smoked Old Fashion is an inventive variation of the traditional Old Fashion cocktail, the original was created during the 19th century and given its name in the 1880s.
- Parampampoli – This grappa based drink is served ‘flambe’ and the original recipe and right dosage are secret. Originating from Italy, the Parampampoli will give you quite the kick after a day in the cold.
- Champagne-on-a-zip-line – Popular ski destinations such as Méribel offer the peak of VIP treatment where guests can have a bottle delivered in a firework-laden hamper via a zip-line.
- Salmiakki Koskenkorva – This pre-mixed liquor is popular in Finland. The combination of salty liquorice and vodka is an acquired taste, and after a few drinks this cocktail becomes even harder to pronounce.
Other drinks that make it onto our fun infographic hail from nations like Germany, USA, France, Scotland and Sweden boasting an eclectic mix of spirits and tastes. Find the drinks, their ingredients and their history here.