The Matador guide to holiday drinks around the world

What we drink and why we drink it.

The holiday season is about a lot of things. Giving, for one, as well as cherishing time with loved ones. It’s also, for many, a time of indulgence. It’s a time of year that tradition calls for people around the world to sip on a thick and boozy eggnog or a warming mulled wine. We cheers into the new year with Champagne and share our experiences over a bottle of our favorite wine by the fire.

When Matador Network waded into the wide world of holiday drinks, we found it’s not just what you drink, but how you drink. The ritual of drinking ponche navideño during Las Posadas in Mexico, for example, and the many ways to say cheers and happy new year around the globe. We also learned that the Champagne region, which makes the classic holiday bubbly that gets everyone in a celebratory mood, is also a model for sustainability.

This year, sip on your favorite holiday drinks alongside some soon to be favorites.

7 creamy and boozy eggnogs made around the world

Get your nog on.

Coquito is the cross-cultural holiday drink that ties people together

What countries around the world drink after they’ve eaten way too much

10 sweet, spiced, and warming mulled wines from around the world

The best sparkling wines you’re missing out on if you only drink Champagne

How to say ‘cheers’ and ‘Happy New Year’ in 30 countries

6 delicious, traditional festive drinks around Europe (and where to try them)

It’s not Christmas in Mexico without 9 days of ponche navideño

The most necessary cocktail punch of December.

Why Champagne is the gold standard for food and drink sustainability

The English tradition of wassailing is the perfect excuse to drink cider and sing around a bonfire this winter

Bartenders around the world swear by this spirit in the winter. Here’s why.

How to make holiday drinks from around the world

The perfect gift to bring back from your travels is a bottle of local booze

How to drink Champagne like they do in Champagne, France

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