Christmas Drinks

Festive drinks include Egg Nog and Mulled Wine.

Eggnog is traditionally made with milk or cream, sugar and whipped eggs, and brandy or rum.

According to Wikipedia, Eggnog may have developed from the medieval drink made with hot milk and wine or ale called posset. Eggs were added to some posset recipes.

The term “eggnog” was first used in 1775, when Maryland clergyman and philologist Jonathan Boucher wrote a poem about the drink. The poem was not published until 30 years after his death. The first printed use of the term was in 1788 in the New-Jersey Journal  which referred to a young man drinking a glass of eggnog.

A medieval English cookery book from 1390 mentioned mulled wine. Mulled wine is made by adding mulling spices to red wine. Sometimes raisins or other fruit are added along with sugar. It can be served hot or warm.

Glühwein is a mulled wine usually prepared from red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, sugar, peel and star aniseed.


An alcoholic look at the 12 Days of Christmas by Jeremy Lion

The 12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunts and Cocktails

The 12 Days of Christmas Treasure Hunt is based on Christmas carols. It takes place at the National Portrait Gallery. You will not have to strain your singing voices, just your “little grey cells” as you try to work out the answers to the song sheet of clues.

The treasure hunt ends with festive cocktails at a secret location.

Tickets are available from





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