Chacha, Tbilisi
Cheers: Gaumarjos! Merry Christmas: Shobas Gilotsavt
Chacha is each the Georgian phrase for grape pomace and its distilled byproduct (pomace brandy), though it’s used loosely to confer with any do-it-yourself spirit. Go to a Georgian village, the place virtually each household makes it, and you can be compelled to down a glass or three. That’s how Georgians roll. It has lengthy had a nasty rep for being tough; nevertheless, we’re witnessing a renaissance of smoother craft chachas and brandies, which are actually served in Tbilisi’s most interesting eating places. Chacha Time is the primary and solely bar in Tbilisi devoted solely to chacha and fruit brandies. It’s in an previous grocery store within the up-and-coming Sololaki neighbourhood and provides a decent choice of family-made and big-brand bottles. You’ll uncover why Georgians like to drink this on chilly winter nights.• Chacha Time, Geronti Kikodze 5, on FacebookPaul Rimple, Culinary Backstreets Tbilisi bureau chief
Grzane piwo, Kraków

Camelot cafe serves wonderful liqueur
nalewka. {Photograph}: Katie Garrod/Getty Pictures
Cheers: Na zdrowie!Merry Christmas: Wesołych Świąt!
One of many joys of visiting Poland is the recognition of the klubokawiarnia (cafe-club): espresso outlets that servealcohol and keep open late into the night. These are good locations to spend hours sheltering from the chilly on darkish winter afternoons, the place your choices embrace every little thing from espresso and do-it-yourself cheesecake or apple pie to a regionally brewed beer and a plate of Polish meat dumplings. Embodying this philosophy is the winter speciality of grzane piwo (mulled beer: pale lager served sizzling with cinnamon, honey, lemon, and cloves – and generally additionally orange). It’s a welcome different to the regional ubiquity of mulled wine (grzane wino). You’ll discover it on provide at Camelot, an beautiful cafe on a facet road off Kraków’s primary sq.. Full of vintage furnishings, native artwork and wood carvings, Camelot additionally serves sizzling winter variations of nalewka, a robust liqueur infused with honey, cherry or raspberry. Think about additionally orzechówka, a hazelnut vodka greatest served chilly and that tastes like liquid Nutella.• Ul Świętego Tomasza 17, lochcamelot.artwork.plChristian Davies
Gløgg, Copenhagen

Resort D’Angleterre, which serves its personal model of Christmas tipple Snow Queen’s White Gløgg. {Photograph}: Getty Pictures
Cheers: Skål!Merry Christmas: Glædelig jul!
Many Copenhageners like to complete off their Christmas buying with a gløgg, Danish mulled wine historically made with purple wine, port, spices akin to cloves and cinnamon, chopped almonds and raisins. Two locations within the metropolis stand out for this, each on Kongens Nytorv, a sq. overlooking Nyhavn and the Royal Theatre. The swish Resort d’Angleterre has its personal model: the Snow Queen’s White Gløgg, which is made with white wine, spirits – white port, rum or cognac – ginger and cardamom. The recipe is as previous because the resort, which was inbuilt 1755, and is rarely tampered with, in line with Andreas Bagh, head chef at Marchal, the resort’s Michelin-starred restaurant. At round £20 a glass, there’s little hazard of getting one too many. Just a few doorways down, the historic bar Hviids Vinstue provides a extra reasonably priced possibility: a £5.50 glass of purple gløgg. Preparations for this start in June, when the bottom for the gløgg is made with purple wine, port, cognac, darkish rum and spices akin to cinnamon and nutmeg – and one secret ingredient proprietor Per Møller can’t be persuaded to disclose.• Resort d’Angleterre, Kongens Nytorv 34, Hviids Vinstue, Kongens Nytorv 19, hviidsvinstue.dkAndrea Bak
Mumma, Stockholm

A serving of Aquavit and
mumma (left) a Swedish Christmas custom. {Photograph}: Bo Zaunders/Getty Pictures
Cheers: SkålMerry Christmas: God Jul
Any Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord – julbord – price its weight in pickled herring is incomplete with out mumma. This festive alcoholic drink – a doppelganger for gentle Guinness – is a concoction of darkish beer, sherry or port wine, delicate drinks, and spices. Typically gin is added for further efficiency. Courting again to the 16th century, its roots might be traced to the medieval Brunswick Mum – a German ale that made its method into Sweden throughout the 1500s from Brunswick. Contemplating the Swedish candy tooth, it didn’t take lengthy for it to morph right into a sweeter concoction downed throughout festivities. Arguably Stockholm’s most beautiful julbord is at Gamla Riksarkivet, a restaurant within the constructing that after housed the Swedish Nationwide Archives. It serves its personal specifically spiced home mumma (£11).• Birger Jarls Torg 2a, gamlariksarkivet.comLola Akinmade Åkerström
Jägertee, Salzburg

Jägertee at Monkeys, Salzburg
Cheers: Prost or Zum wohlMerry Christmas: Frohe Weihnachten
Simple, frat boys. This has nothing to do with Jägermeister. Jägertee (hunter tea) is a seasonal elixir that mixes sizzling black tea with Inländer-Rum (“resident rum”, sometimes from the Stroh model). Many mixologists will add plum brandy, orange juice, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and lemons. It is a quintessentially Austrian concoction (the truth is, within the EU, the manufacturing rights are reserved solely for Austria), and although it’s significantly in style for après ski, you don’t should be within the Alps to benefit from the yuletide cheer. In Salzburg, because the temperature drops and the Christkindlmärkte pop up, head to Monkeys, a comfortable and budget-friendly cafe not removed from Getreidegasse, town’s primary buying drag. The bartenders there’ll hook you up with a ceramic mug of goodness for €6.30. This potion can have a “Pavlov impact” to set off “a sure feeling of heat and security,” in line with Jutta Baumgartner, a researcher on the College of Salzburg’s Zentrum für Gastrosophie.• Imbergstrasse 2a, monkeys-salzburg.atRoss Kenneth Urken
Rakomelo, Athens

A glass of
rakomelo made with pomace brandy and honey. {Photograph}: Stratos Giannikos/Getty Pictures
Cheers: Stin egia masMerry Christmas: Kala Christougenna
When winter arrives in Greece, locals flip to rakomelo, a mixture of tsipouro (a pomace brandy that’s much like grappa, however fruitier), spices and honey. To make it, the tsipouro is gently warmed with cloves and cinnamon – orange peel is commonly additionally added – after which blended with a bit of honey. The ensuing drink – its alcoholic kick mellowed by the sweetness – is served in small ceramic or glass pitchers and poured into miniature cups (a Mediterranean model of these used for sake) or shot glasses; it’s meant to be sipped and loved in good firm. One of the crucial iconic locations to take pleasure in rakomelo is Psyrra, a “disco cafe” as they jokingly describe themselves, in actuality a tiny, convivial bar within the Psyrri neighbourhood, with tables out on the road, and heating lamps and blankets to maintain you heat throughout winter.• Miaouli 19, PsyrriCarolina Doriti, Culinary Backstreets Athens bureau chief
Cola de mono, Santiago de Chile

{Photograph}: Rimma Bondarenko/Alamy
Cheers: ¡Salud!Merry Christmas: ¡Feliz navidad!
Translating as “monkey’s tail” (or, extra crudely, “arse”), cola de mono is Chile’s quintessential Christmas and new 12 months aperitif. Whereas one principle suggests it was created by thirsty president Pedro Montt, who’d run out of typical booze at a celebration, this eggless nog concoction is made by boiling up espresso, condensed milk, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. The important kick, nevertheless, comes from Chile’s favorite tipple, pisco, though any aguardiente (liquor) will suffice. Taken chilled – Christmas spells summer time within the southern hemisphere, in spite of everything – Chileans whip up litres of cola de mono (additionally a 2018 movie) to share with family and friends. Pattern it year-round at Bar Nacional 1, a standard soda fountain whose decor has barely been touched because it opened in 1955, that’s frequented by workplace staff and fits on the lookout for a speedy refuel.• Huérfanos 1151, Sorrel Moseley-Williams
Hirezake, Tokyo

Sake flavoured with grilled blowfish fins. {Photograph}: Kyoko Uchida/Alamy
Cheers: KanpaiMerry Christmas: MerīkurisumasuA Japanese winter drink that borders on a lightweight broth, hirezake originated within the postwar interval as a method to enhance low cost sake: a charred fish fin – normally pufferfish or sea bream – is added to a lined cup of sizzling sake. After a minute or so, the lid is lifted and the drink set alight – partly to burn some ethanol, partly as efficiency. Though some consider hirezake as an previous man’s drink, it’s served in high-end pufferfish delicacies in addition to fashionable bars. A fantastic place to attempt it’s Kimimachizaka, a classy izakaya tucked away solely 5 minutes from the mayhem of Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Right here, sake is paired with beautiful small plates; the hirezake, evenly smoky, heat and comforting.• 1-15-10 DogenzakaPhoebe Amoroso, Culinary Backstreets Tokyo correspondent
Jólaglögg, Iceland

Vedurbarinn, Reykjavík
Cheers: SkálMerry Christmas: Gleðileg jól!
Impressed by Scandinavian Glögg, fragrant, spiced heat jólaglögg (pronounced yo-la-glug) is the star warming drink of the festive season in Iceland and loved at residence and in pubs and eating places. Recipes for jólaglögg fluctuate in Iceland however they’re normally on the extra boozy facet and made with sometimes Icelandic substances akin to Brennivin or Aquavit, and generally flavoured with blueberries, caraway or liquorice. For a wonderful pattern of jólaglögg with a strong, savoury flavour, head to Vedurbarinn (The Climate Bar) – a Nordic-inspired, craft cocktail bar on Klapparstígur 33. Its spectacular model (£12 a glass) is made with purple wine, dill aquavit, Cherry Heering (a brandy liqueur model), port wine, Fernet-Branca (a model of amaro liqueur), orange and lemon peel, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, honey, liquorice and low grounds. Lisa Shannen
Mulled cider, Devon

The Lamb Inn, Sandford
Wassail is a type of ye olde phrases individuals throw round with solely the vaguest thought of its which means, pronunciation (“wass-ale” or the extra pure “wass-ul” are each OK) or roots. Derived from Anglo-Saxon – some dictionaries declare an Outdated Norse etymology – it’s a greeting, Wæs þu hæl, sounding one thing like “Wass thou hal”, which means “Be in good well being.” Historically, wassailing concerned going door-to-door, exchanging a drink from a bowl of sizzling mulled cider – made with spices, and a rival for mulled wine within the West Nation – a ritual meant to make sure a superb cider harvest within the coming 12 months. Wassailing may imply visiting apple orchards intoning somewhat genteel-sounding folks songs, notably Right here We Come a-Wassailing. Cider has diversified and develop into nearly cool alongside craft beer however the mulled selection calls for open fires and comfortable sofas, as discovered on the 16th-century Lamb Inn at Sandford close to Crediton. It serves a imply mulled cider and has roasts and rooms. Tuesday is folks music evening and it’s on the official wassail route that hits Sandford (well-known for its cider orchards) on 12 January, 2019.Chris Moss