Why try out different cocktails in your local bar when you can grab worldwide cheap flights and try out the real thing. You’ll have a great time to sample the real deal and be able to advise the bars where they’re going wrong when you get back!
Warm cocktails are traditional at Christmas time, here’s a few for you to try:
You’ve probably tried a coffee with a drop of Irish whiskey in it; in fact, to many, it’s what started the production of Baileys.
This cocktail was first served at Cork airport when a young chef gave storm stranded passengers a mixture of Irish whiskey, coffee, brown sugar and whipped cream. Needless to say, the passengers didn’t mind being stranded for long.
If you want a few stunning variations of this classic, grab your worldwide cheap flights and try London or even San Francisco.
Hot Buttered Rum
As soon as the rum arrived in America from the Caribbean someone thought to add butter and sugar. Once heated it became a delightful warming drink that boosts your energy while giving you a nice gentle kick.
You can even add a little cinnamon or nutmeg to give it an extra zing. The Dutch Kill in Long Island is a great place to try a honey spiced version of this cocktail.
You may not have heard of this but it’s still worth jumping on that plane to Russia. The Russian word Sbiten translates as ‘to whip’. It simply summarizes how the drink is made. The honey and spices are whipped together and then you can add a spirit of your choice. Vodka is obviously one of the favourites in Russia.
Cold versions of this drink are worth trying in South America but if you want the winter warmness you should visit Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina or perhaps Peru.
You’ll actually find it being sold by street vendors although you can get it in most café’s as well. It is basically panela (a type of sugar), cinnamon and juice from the naranjilla which gives it a citrus taste.
There is no doubt it’s refreshing and invigorating.
This has become a festival cocktail across the world although it is likely it originated in Rome. It is simply red wine, spices, sugar and a little spirit with a dash of rum.
It has many different names depending on where you’ve decided to visit:
- Gluhwein in Germany
- Vino navega’o in Chile
- Glogg in Norway
Or you can simply find a local version of this enticing and warming cocktail.
This is the German version of mulled wine which makes it even more festive by adding star anise, cardamom, vanilla and oranges.
Traditional it is put in a punch bowl and a large sugar cone is put on top; which is then set on fire. You might not find it in the bars but it will be in virtually any German holiday festival.
If you mix tea, spices, honey and a generous dose of whiskey you’ll have a traditional warming Scottish cocktail. It is even believed to be a cure for the common cold!
You’ll find the trip worthwhile just to test that theory.
If you find you booked worldwide cheap flights to Japan then you need to try war sake. This is a rice-based wine which has always been served warm.
It should only be warmed a little to allow you to appreciate all the different flavours.
It’s time to go back to Russia and mix some black tea with the spirit Rigas Black Balsam. It’s a traditional drink and is stills served in many everyday establishments; this is not one you’ll find in the posh hotels and restaurants.