12 Holiday Cocktails Around the World

See how other countries celebrate and raise a glass throughout the holiday season.

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Jamaica: Sorrel Punch

Sorrel, similar to hibiscus, gives this cocktail a beautiful, festive red color. For extra wow, bartender Kat Hawkins of Wright and Co. garnishes with sorrel flowers.

Peru: Algarrobina

This Peruvian cocktail revolves around the syrup by the same name. It resembles molasses but is something unique to the country. The drink is similar to eggnog since it includes eggs and evaporated milk but the syrup gives it a definitive South American flair. Bartender Scott Poole of Sugar House Detroit created this example with an elegant star anise garnish.

Kenya: Dawa

The Kenyan Dawa, a vodka drink with honey and lime, is delicious any time of year but can be made more festive by adding cranberries or flavored vodka. Bartender Liz Cosby of Sugar House Detroit gives it another holiday twist by adding orange zest.

Chile: Cola de Mono

Chile's Cola de Mono could be described as something between eggnog and a White Russian. Bartender Joe M. Schubert of The Whisky Parlor points out that both dairy and non-dairy versions can be made for holiday gatherings, and whether it's made with almond milk or whole milk, all versions are delicious.

Scotland: Hot Toddy

Hot Toddies are incredibly popular. But did you know in Scotland, they're traditionally made with Scotch? Bartender David Miles-Cole Martinez of The Last Word garnishes this classic with cinnamon sticks and lemon twists.

USA: Tom and Jerry

The Tom and Jerry served hot, is an amped-up eggnog that's extra creamy and delicious. In the '50s you could buy a powdered mix, but we always prefer a good, old-fashioned homemade recipe.

Poland: Grzane Piwo

The Grzane Piwo, a mulled beer, is a classic beverage enjoyed in Poland through the holiday season. Bartender Amas Muhammad of The Peterboro adds orange slices for extra holiday cheer.

England: Wassail

Wassail is a traditional holiday punch for England and the UK. Bourbon, cider, cranberry and lots of spices warm the soul on any wintery night.

Germany: Gluhwein

Gluhwein is enjoyed around Europe but especially in Germany and Austria. The cocktail is a sweetened mulled wine variation. Bartender Daniel McCarthy of La Dulce shares an example of serving this for a party.

Sweden: Glogg

Similar to German Gluhwein, this drink is fortified with Cognac for added holiday cheer. Bartender Beaux Coup Kerin of Detroit's Sugar House tops each glass with rosemary.

Bolivia: Biblia Con Pisco

Biblia Con Pisco is very similar to the Peruvian Algarrobina but without the namesake syrup and a few other ingredients. Bartender Michael Finsilver of Mudgie's uses pisco, eggs, sugar and a spice blend for a simple yet decadent drink.

Cuba: Crema de Vie

Many holiday cocktails are variations on eggnog, but when you go to Cuba you have to use rum. The Crema de Vie, or "cream of life," is presented above by bartender Majid Abdelnour of Bigalora.

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