Wherever you are in the world, the holidays are a time for celebration. This is the season for gathering with friends, sharing good food, and of course, toasting to the past year. Bring a little international flair to your parties this season with one of the following drinks that are part of holiday traditions in countries around the world.
While its name gives nothing away - it translates as “monkey tail” - cola de mono is a creamy drink with coffee, almost like a White Russian or cafe con leche, with the addition of Chilean aguardiente or pisco. Both of these liquors can be hard to find outside of Chile, so in a pinch, white rum or brandy will also do. There are conflicting origin stories about how the cocktail got its name, although some say it’s as simple as the fact that a couple of cola de monos will have you swinging from a tree like a monkey.
When it’s called “Christmas Punch,” you know it’s meant for celebrating. Made with water, fruits (tamarind, prunes, guava, raisins, apples, oranges, really whatever your heart desires), hibiscus and spices and sweetened with piloncillo, Ponche Navideño can be served with or without alcohol.
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