Christmas is the time to bring out one’s best when it comes to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks that will bring cheer to both adults and children. Every country has its own special drink associated with Christmas. If it is Wassail, Eggnog, Hot Toddy, Punch or Mulled Wine in England, it is Glogg in Denmark and Hot Chocolate in Mexico. In Brazil, Christmas occurs during peak summer and cooling drinks like the sweet Brahma Maltz Beer, Caipirinha and a variety of cold fruit punches are served along with the food.
Caipirinha’s alcohol content comes from cachaca. British have whisky, French have cognac, Japanese have sake, Russians have vodka, Germans have kirsch, and Brazilians have cachaca. Cachaca is produced from distillation of sugar cane. Sugar cane was introduced in Brazil by the Portuguese in the 1500s in order to produce white sugar. In the production process, after the canes were crushed, the left over called bagaca in Portuguese (from which word cachaca took its name) was used to feed the cattle; the natural fermentation of the bagaca produced a very basic type of cachaca, which was happily drunk by the slaves. The Portuguese noticed the alcoholic properties of the drink, refined its production methods and came up with the new drink cachaca which is such a favorite of Brazilians.
4 Limes quartered
1/2 Cup of Brown sugar
4 peg measures of cachaça (Good quality Vodka or Rum can be used instead.)
Ice cubes (crushed)
A large jug
Combine cut limes and sugar in the jug and mash with a wooden spoon (it is very important to use a wooden spoon in this recipe) until the limejuice and the sugar start to dissolve. Pour Cachaca, Rum or Vodka to taste. Mix well and add crushed ice.
1 Bottle of Red Wine
1 Lime, quartered
2 sticks of Cinnamon
A small pinch of Ginger Powder
2 tablespoons brandy
200ml Orange Juice
Sugar to taste
Place all the Ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat and let it cool slightly before serving.
Remove the Lime, cloves and Cinnamon sticks. Taste the Mulled wine and sweeten according to taste. Serve in red wine glasses. This drink must be served warm, but not too hot or the wine glasses will crack!
3 cups of Water
1 Cinnamon stick
½ teaspoon Allspice powder
5 Cardamom Pods
A pinch of dry Ginger
Grated Orange Peel (1 fresh Orange)
Grated Lemon Peel (1 fresh Lemon)
100 grams Raisins
1 Bottle of Red Wine
Mix the Water, Cinnamon, Cloves, Allspice, Cardamom and Ginger for 1 hour. Add grated Orange peel, grated Lemon peel, and Raisins. Let mixture sit overnight. Pour the bottle of red wine into the mixture, and slowly let it come to a simmer. Put a few slivered almonds into the bottom of each serving glass or mug, and pour the Glogg on top. This drink is also served warm.
3 cups milk
8 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg grated or ground.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs using a beater. Add milk & sugar.
Continue beating until mixture thickens slightly. Add in the vanilla essence & ground nutmeg. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
This is a non-alcoholic recipe. 1 cup whiskey is added to the alcoholic version but this must be added at the last stage along with the vanilla and nutmeg.
2 cups Vodka (optional)
5 cups mixed juice: Pineapple, lime, orange and apple mixed in the proportion you like
2 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar
Combine ingredients in a large and festive punch bowl. Serve with fruity Ice Cubes. Do not add the vodka if children are being served.
Fruity Ice Cubes:
Mixed fruit, (tinned or fresh): You can choose Oranges, Pineapple slices, Strawberries and Cherries.
Fruit juice of any flavour.
Slice the fruit into small pieces. Place fruit at the bottom of individual ice cube trays. Pour the juice over the pieces of fruit. Freeze until solid. Drop in individual glasses, fruits or punch bowls.