Festive tipples from other countries around the world have piqued UK palettes for many years. We’ve never stopped loving a cheeky Dutch Advocaat or a warming mulled wine at a German market stall.

Perhaps it’s because the festive season is a magical time and there’s something extra exotic and appealing about potions from around the world.

Take the scrumptious Puerto Rican Coquito. It’s such a luscious liquor it’s got a day just before Christmas dedicated to it – National Coquito Day on 21st December every year.

The Days of the Year site describes the Coquito as having “…four key ingredients, milk, cream of coconut, condensed milk, and Puerto Rican Rum, such as Don Q or Palo Viejo.”

And, once you’ve created your Coquito, it suggests that a “…great way to celebrate National Coquito Day is to prepare a fresh batch that you can then share with your family and friends in just a few days’ time, which usually ends up landing on Christmas Day.”

For a bit of festive fun let’s stay on the subject of tantalising yuletide tipples from around the world.

Here’s a few more favourites we’ve selected for your seasonal supping delectation, (with serving suggestions courtesy of Insider) –

  • Italian Bombardino

What you’ll need – Advocaat, brandy or rum, whipped cream
How to serve – Heat the Advocaat and the brandy or rum in a saucepan, tip in to serving glasses, and top with lashings of whipped cream. 

  • Swedish Glögg

What you’ll need – Vodka, red wine, mulling spices, oranges, raisins, sugar
How to serve – Heat all the ingredients in a saucepan before dishing out “in overflowing mugs topped with dried fruit or nuts”

  • Mexican Ponche Navideño

What you’ll need – Brandy or tequila, apples, guavas, oranges, pears, prunes, “tejocotes (a Mexican sweet and sour fruit similar to an apricot)”, mulling spices, brown sugar
How to serve – Boil the fruits with the mulling spices and brown sugar in hot water in a saucepan for half an hour. Add the brandy or tequila and serve hot.


At La Academia, we’re raising our glasses filled with many different seasonal drinks from other countries around the world this Christmas.

We wish all our amazing students of Christmases past, present and future a very Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, God Jul.


National Coquito Day, Days of the Year

10 Christmas cocktails from around the world that you should try this year, Joanna Fantozzi, Insider